Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship

The application will be available on Academic Works from November 2 through February 8, 2018.

Applications must be submitted through Academic Works: To access Academic Works, log into MyCUInfo and click on the Student Tab. Click on the Financial Aid tab, and then click "Apply for Scholarships" to access Academic Works. Search for the Dissertation Completion Fellowship to apply! 

Please note that all first-time users of Academic Works are prompted to fill out a ‘general application’ before being able to search the system and apply to other grants, scholarships, etc. This general application will allow you to match automatically with other scholarships in the system, but is not required for the Graduate School opportunities. Therefore, if you would like to be considered for other possible scholarship opportunities feel free to fill out the general application but it is not required for this award and will not be considered during the judging.

This fellowship is intended to provide outstanding PhD candidates with financial support to assist in the process of completing their doctoral dissertations. The fellowship consists of full support for one academic semester (either fall or spring of the following academic year), and includes a monthly stipend equal to that of the current 50% GPTI salary, tuition coverage of up to five dissertation hours, mandatory fees, and coverage under the student gold health insurance plan. Please note: students may not engage in other forms of paid employment (working, teaching, or off-campus employment) during the time they receive a Dissertation Fellowship. Additionally, any hours taken by students outside their dissertation hours will not be covered, and fellows may not accept another fellowship or grant during the same time period. The purpose of the fellowship is to allow recipients to devote their full attention to the dissertation.

Eligibility

Doctoral students who have been advanced to candidacy (D status) by the application deadline. Any student who is eligible may submit a nomination.

Selection Criteria 

The Selection Committee will base their selection on the following:

  • the quality of the research project;
  • the quality of the candidate's CV (conference presentations, publications, awards, etc.);
  • the probability of completion within the period of the fellowship (the greater the probability, the better chance of receiving a fellowship);
  • other teaching-free fellowships that the candidate has already enjoyed (the fewer the better).

Application Procedures

  • Applicants are required to submit the following information through the on-line application system in a single PDF document:
  • Applicant's Curriculum Vitae.
  • Synopsis of dissertation (maximum 750 words). References cited will not be included in the 750 word count.
  • A timeline for completion of the dissertation (max one page).
  • Information concerning any other research grants, internal or external, for which the applicant has applied, as well as information concerning any other support for dissertation writing that the applicant has already been awarded and used.
  • Transcript (official OR unofficial).

All Documents must be in the above order and be clearly designated. If your PDF does not follow the above format you will be removed from consideration.

  •  Letter of support: statement of evaluation (maximum 750 words) of the dissertation plans and the likelihood of completion within the fellowship period. This statement is to be written by: EITHER (a) the dissertation advisor OR (b) another member of the dissertation committee and uploaded prior to the deadline. In the application, enter the letter writer’s information in the appropriate section and they will be sent a link upon you submission of the application. Letters must be uploaded by February 8.

The Deadline for submission of all materials is February 8, 2018.

Applicants will be evaluated by a committee appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School. Awardees will be asked to submit a letter at the end of their fellowship tenure detailing their progress towards dissertation completion.


Graduate School Student Travel Grant

The Graduate School Student Travel Grant has three application cycles per year for domestic (including Mexico and Canada) and international (excluding Mexico and Canada) travel:

This application for travel occurring 1/1/18-3/30/18 will be open on: November 15-16, 2017
This application for travel occurring 4/1/18-8/31/18 will be open on: March 14-15, 2018
This application for travel occurring 9/1/18-12/31/18 will be open on: July 11-12, 2018

The Graduate School offers partial funding for graduate students to present research findings at meetings or conferences outside Colorado. The Graduate School provides a travel grant of $300 for domestic conferences and $500 for international conferences. Funds will be applied directly to the student's tuition account. If the account balance is zero, a refund via direct deposit will be disbursed by the Bursar's Office. The grant is treated like a fellowship and reported to the Office of Financial Aid; therefore, please be aware it may affect your student loan package. The grant is contingent on account funding by the Graduate School.

Eligibility Requirements

If you received travel grant funding from the Graduate School during the last application cycle (May for current fall applicants, November for current spring applicants) you may not apply during this cycle. Masters students can receive travel funding once, and PhD students can receive funding twice during their studies at CU.

  • The applicant must be a full-time graduate student in good standing, and the travel must occur while the applicant is a current student.
  • The applicant must be traveling to a meeting or conference to present his/her own work or work on which he/she is the primary author.
  • An applicant receiving significant funding (over $500 for domestic travel and $1,000 for international) from an outside source (fellowship, stipend, scholarship, grant, departmental travel grant) is not eligible.  
  • The applicant must be enrolled during the term that the travel occurs (excluding summer).  If the travel occurs during the summer (and the applicant is not enrolled), the grant will be applied to the fall bill.

Here are the required elements on the application:

  • Applicant ID and contact information
  • Dates of Conference
  • Location of Conference
  • Department travel liaison contact information
  • Academic Advisor contact information
  • Applicant must confirm in writing by marking a checkbox that they have received their advisor’s approval for the travel
  • Supporting documents showing that you will be presenting at this conference (e.g. acceptance letter/email, program, abstract etc.) 

Note: If you are planning to attend a conference, but do not have an acceptance letter/email yet – you should still apply! Contact graduate.contest@colorado.edu for further details on this special circumstance.

Applications must be submitted through Academic Works: To access Academic Works, log into MyCUInfo and click on the Student Tab. Click on the Financial Aid tab, and then click "Apply for Scholarships" to access Academic Works. Search for the Graduate School Travel Grant and select the proper one (international or domestic) to apply!

Please note that all first-time users of Academic Works are prompted to fill out a ‘general application’ before being able to search the system and apply to other grants, scholarships, etc. This general application will allow you to match automatically with other scholarships in the system, but is not required for the Graduate School opportunities. Therefore, if you would like to be considered for other possible scholarship opportunities feel free to fill out the general application but it is not required for this award and will not be considered during the judging.


Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grant and Cynthia H. Schultz Graduate School Small Grants

The application will be available on Academic Works from October 1 through October 27, 2017. Applications must be submitted through Academic Works: To access Academic Works, log into MyCUInfo and click on the Student Tab. Click on the Financial Aid tab, and then click "Apply for Scholarships" to access Academic Works. Search for the Beverly Sears Grant to apply!

Please note that all first-time users of Academic Works are prompted to fill out a ‘general application’ before being able to search the system and apply to other grants, scholarships, etc. This general application will allow you to match automatically with other scholarships in the system, but is not required for the Graduate School opportunities. Therefore, if you would like to be considered for other possible scholarship opportunities feel free to fill out the general application but it is not required for this award and will not be considered during the judging.

Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grants and Cynthia H. Schultz Graduate School Small Grants are competitive awards sponsored by the Graduate School and Donors that support the research, scholarship and creative work of graduate students from all departments. The majority of funding for these grants is provided by private donations. Grants are for either $1,000 or $5,000. If you apply for a $5,000 grant you must provide a budget that fully justifies the request. The deadline for receipt of all materials is October 27, 2017.

Eligibility

Any full-time, Boulder campus, degree-seeking graduate student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 may apply for an award. Applicants should submit an original proposal based on their research or creative work. Students in joint Bachelor’s/Master’s programs may apply for a grant if they have been admitted to graduate status and if the grant is to support Master’s degree work (such as a Master’s thesis).

All proposals that involve the use of human subjects or animals must be approved by the appropriate committee before an award can be made.  If you are in the process of receiving approval when you apply, you must state that in the application and notify the graduate school once you have the approval.  Students whose human research has been approved must include their IRB protocol number on the application form.

Types of Projects Funded

Almost any type of research or creative project may be funded. Projects directly related to work on a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation generally receive priority, although other projects also receive funding.

Conference travel must contribute to the applicant’s research or creative work. Grants are not awarded to present findings of research that has already been completed. Conference travel may be given lower priority in some disciplines.

Types of expenses not eligible for funding:  (1) reimbursement for expenses incurred before awards are announced (2) thesis or dissertation preparation expenses such as typing or copying, (3) salary or stipend payments to the applicant, (4) salary to others for work that the applicant should do for professional development, (5) local travel expenses (travel within 50 miles of Boulder), (6) computer hardware or software that is easily accessible to the student, and (7) CU tuition expenses. Any equipment purchased with a Graduate Student Grant becomes the property of the university. All university fiscal policies regarding purchasing, travel, etc., apply to the distribution of funds for these awards.

Award Criteria

Applications will be evaluated by committees of faculty according to the following criteria:  (1) overall quality and clarity of proposal, (2) importance of project to the student's professional development, (3) student's academic record, (4) appropriateness of the proposed budget, (5) adherence to the prescribed format, and (6) letter of support. Applications that are incomplete or that do not adhere to the format will be disqualified

To apply

The application has several parts:  project description, reference or bibliography page (if appropriate), budget page, transcript, and confidential letter of support.  Do not include a cover page, appendices, or any other additional documentation. (Inclusion of material not requested or allowed by these guidelines will disqualify the application). Fine Arts students may attach up to 3 pages of photos of their work.

1) Prepare all the files to be uploaded during the online application process - upload as 1 PDF:

a) Include a two-page description of the project for which you are requesting funds, following these guidelines:                                                                               

  • Write your proposal in language a non-expert can understand;
  • Write a maximum of two single-spaced pages, figures and tables must be included within the two page limit;
  • Use a type font of 11 points or larger;
  • If your proposal requests funds to attend a conference, explain how the conference will materially benefit your thesis or dissertation research.

b) Include a reference or bibliography page only for citations of the work of other scholars found in your project description.

c) Include an itemized budget explaining the expenses of your project. Quote specific prices, etc. You may request either $1,000 OR $5,000 per proposal. You should include information regarding other sources of funding for your project.

d) Include your current academic transcript (official or unofficial). Graduate students who are completing their first semester may also submit a copy of their undergraduate transcript.                                                                        

2) Request a confidential letter of support from your advisor or from another faculty member who is familiar with your work. Provide your advisor's (or other faculty member's) e-mail in the space allotted in this application, and they will automatically be sent a link prompting them to attach their letters to your application.  The advisor's letter should address the specific merits of the proposal and the abilities and potential of the student applicant. The advisor should also provide information about other financial support the student is receiving for his/her research. Advisors who are submitting recommendations for more than one student should make clear distinctions between students regarding the merits of each individual's work. Be sure to tell your advisor that his/her letter must be received by the proposal deadline. The Graduate School will no longer accept letters of support after the posted deadline. Do NOT have your recommender email his/her letter separately. 

  1. The advisor's letter should address the specific merits of the proposal and the abilities and potential of the student applicant. The advisor should also provide information about other financial support the student is receiving for his/her research. Advisors who are submitting recommendations for more than one student should make clear distinctions between students regarding the merits of each individual's work. 

John W. Marr Ecology Fund

Purpose

To provide grants of $300 to $1,000 for Ph.D. candidates doing field research in plant ecology in the Rocky Mountains or the Arctic and attending one of the specific universities listed below.

Biography of John W. Marr

Applications Must Include

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research proposal of no more than 5 pages which includes: scientific goals, methods to be used, timetable and selected current literature citations
  • Itemized budget including the use of Marr fund and other potential sources of funding
  • Support letters from your major advisor and another committee member

Application deadline 

Solicitations for applications are sent out each year with a submission deadline in early March.

Submit applications electronically to David Buckner (escassoc@mindspring.com
or mail to:

John W. Marr Memorial Ecology Fund Committee 
5360 Manhattan Circle, Suite 200 
Boulder, CO 80303

For more information contact:

Eligible Universities

  • University of Colorado, EBIO, Dept. of Geography, Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research
  • Colorado State University, Dept. of Biology, Dept. of Forest, Rangeland, and watershed Stewardship
  • University of Denver
  • University of Idaho, Dept. of Biological Sciences
  • Montana State University at Bozeman
  • University of Montana, Division of Biological Sciences
  • University of New Mexico, Dept. of Biology
  • University of Utah
  • Utah State University at Logan
  • Washington State University, Dept. of Botany
  • University of Wyoming, Dept. of Botany

Office of Contracts and Grants

The Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG) is available to assist Graduate Students in applying for funding from sponsors outside the University. Visit the OCG website for more information and to contact the proposal analyst assigned to your department.