New Balsells Fellows on a welcome hike, jumping, with Flatirons in the background.

The Europe-Colorado Program was created in the year 2020 to provide outstanding students from Europe with opportunities for research and graduate study in engineering and applied science at the University of Colorado Boulder. It is modeled after the highly successful Balsells Program, which operated during 2010 – 2020 and focused on students from the Catalunya region of Spain. The Europe-Colorado Program has two components, a Mobility Program and Graduate Study. These two components work in tandem, as the mobility students who come to Colorado for short-term research projects are able to cultivate their interest in returning for graduate study leading to Master’s and PhD degrees.

Mobility opportunities consist of short-term visits for one semester (about five months) to undertaken a final undergraduate project or Master’s thesis project in a research laboratory in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. Financial support of up to $1,100 per month ($5,500 maximum) is available to partially offset living and transportation expenses. Prospective participants must have outstanding qualifications and should be interested in applying for to the University of Colorado for graduate study, assuming the mobility experience is positive. Details for host faculty, university partners, or prospective students can be found on our Mobility Info Sheet.

To apply for a mobility position, please submit the following materials (in English) to Ms. Britta Bergstrom (Europe-Colorado Program Assistant, Brittany.bergstrom@colorado.edu):

  1. Your curriculum vita (CV) or resume.
  2. A two-page personal statement (including your prior experience, why the program is of interest to you, the name of the University of Colorado faculty member who has agreed to serve as your research advisor, a short description of the project you plan to undertake, approximate start and end dates for your proposed mobility project, and your future plans).
  3. A copy of your academic transcripts (for both undergraduate and graduate courses, if applicable).
  4. A letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member at your home university.
  5. A short paragraph stating the amount of support you are requesting from the University of Colorado, and the amounts and sources of other support available for your mobility experience – including personal funds and any grants or scholarships from your home university or country. Note: For visa purposes, each accepted student will need to demonstrate at least $1,845 per month in available funds, though actual living expenses are typically less than this amount. A bank statement is not required for the Europe-Colorado application, but may be required when applying for a visa. The students are not charged tuition and fees by the University of Colorado, but they are required to have their own health insurance.

Applications should be submitted by the beginning of March for the following academic year, whether the student intends to come for the fall semester (typically August - December) or the spring semester (typically February - June). Later applications will be considered until the positions are filled. Once a complete application is received and we have heard from the prospective student that an engineering faculty member has agreed to advise and host the student at the University of Colorado Boulder, we will request a letter of support from that faculty member. We will also arrange for a video interview with the student. If help is needed to select a faculty advisor, please go to www.colorado.edu/engineering, and click on the department of interest at the bottom of the home page to review faculty research areas; you may also contact the Europe-Colorado Program Assistant (Brittany.bergstrom@colorado.edu) or Program Director (Robert.davis@colorado.edu) for advice. Decisions are expected to be announced by early April. 

Outstanding European students, including those participating in the mobility program, are encouraged to apply for graduate study in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. It is the highest-ranked engineering school in the entire Mountain Time Zone, and one of the top-ranked schools in the United States, with particular strengths in aerospace, biotechnology, chemical engineering, computer science, energy, environmental engineering, materials science and engineering, and telecommunications, among other fields. To apply for graduate study, interested students should visit www.colorado.edu/graduateschool/admissions/international-applicants.

 In addition, we recommend that you inform the Europe-Colorado Program Assistant (Brittany.bergstrom@colorado.edu) of your intent to apply, so that she can provide guidance on your application. We will also monitor your application and encourage the Graduate Admissions Committee of your intended degree program to give it full consideration.

Applicants accepted into a graduate program will be considered for Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships. These assistantships provide stipends of about $2,500 per month, as well as payment of tuition and insurance. For admitted and qualified Catalan students, there are Balsells Fellowships available to provide a portion of the funding, due to a generous gift in honor of Pete Balsells from Kaman Corporation, which purchased Bal Seal Engineering in 2020. Students whose intended final degree is the PhD are given preferential consideration for assistantships. Thus, we encourage you to apply for the PhD degree, even if you do not yet have a master’s degree and intend to obtain it on the way to the PhD degree.