This program helps students apply the tools of their academic disciplines and their unique interests and lived experiences to develop community-enaged projects, and provides funding for this work. Graduate students in the arts and humanities and interdisciplinary programs are invited to apply to join a community of learners who will focus on co-designing mutually beneficial projects with partners outside of the university in Colorado communities.

We have selected the 2022—23 cohort! Students receive a $1000 stipend to participate and up to $1000 for a community-engaged partnership project. The application date for the 2023—24 cohort will be announced in late summer 2023.

After an orientation in February 2022, we meet monthly (virtually) from February - May 2022, twice in summer 2022 and then monthly over the 2022-23 academic year as a supportive learning community. Cohort members share that they greatly appreciate the space to workshop their ideas and activities with cohort colleagues and practitioners from across campus and beyond. Cohort members will:

  • Develop skills for academic and professional (non-academic) careers and grow their public and academic visibility.

  • Engage communities in the co-design of community-engaged outreach, research, teaching and creative work and address diversity, equity and inclusion in partnerships. In addition, cohort members will now have the opportunity to earn a micro-credential in Equity-Oriented Partnerships. 

  • Creatively apply the tools of arts and humanities disciplines to community interests and build mutually beneficial relationships with community partners. 

  • Broaden their networks and receive mentorship from artists, nonprofits, leaders, academics and community members statewide.

  • Interview mentors about their experiences, and how they address equity and inclusion.

Program Information

A committee composed of faculty and staff with expertise in community-engaged scholarship from the Office for Outreach and Engagement, CU Engage, ATLAS and Boulder County Arts Alliance, as well as former cohort member, selects the students and serves as an advisory group to the program. The EAH program was launched in 2018. Learn more about the student cohorts and program advisors by visiting the the cohorts page.

Before applying, review the sections below for important information about benefits, eligibility and requirements that elaborate on the scope of participation.

Questions? Contact Lisa Schwartz, program lead.

  • Applicants must be enrolled graduate students in the arts and humanities at CU Boulder. You must be enrolled for the timeframe of the cohort, spring 2022 through fall 2023. In addition to MFA and PhD students in the arts and humanities, candidates from interdisciplinary programs who engage the arts and humanities in their work are also highly encouraged to apply (for example, we have two students from the School of Education in the 2020-21 cohort). If you are not enrolled in a PhD or MFA programs in the division of the arts and humanities on the application, will be asked to explain how you already use or intend to use the tools of the arts and humanties in your work.
  • Prospective EAH Scholars are not required to have prior experience with engaged scholarship. They are required to have a strong interest in applying the tools of an arts and humanities discipline and the student's unique experience to this work, and a strong commitment to developing themselves as a member of a cohort who fulfills all of the requirements of the program (see below, e.g. meetings, activities). Students who are solely seeking funding for community-engaged scholarship projects, and are not committed to or developing a community of learners and receiving mentorship should apply for outreach funding rather than this cohort.
  • Students who have already been part of this cohort or the CU Engage Community-Based Research (CBR) Fellows are not eligible. We will ask those who are accepted into the EAH scholars cohort not to apply to the CBR fellows program in the same year. In the event that a student does apply to and is accepted into the CBR Fellows, they will be need to immediately choose which program they want to remain in, as they cannot be in both. 

The cohort will meet to develop partnership plans and engage in professional development activities over spring, summer 2022 and AY 2022–23. Cohort members will have summer 2022, academic year 2022–23, and summer 2023 to develop partnerships and equity-oriented participatory activities, write a proposal in order to be eligible to recieve project funding, and actualize a community engaged-scholarship "partner" project. By fall 2023, the cohort will share aspects of their work in a culminating shared presentation or publication.

Required Meetings, Events and Activities

While the program is designed with an understanding of the needs and schedules of graduate students, the requirements and activities listed below are mandatory for participation and funding. Failure to comply with the requirements listed below will have pre-determined consequences that will be shared during the orientation. Events and meetings take place on campus or virtually where noted. There will be other opportunities and events that cohort members will also be strongly encouraged to participate in or attend. 

Required Cohort Meetings, Spring and Summer 2022, will be held virtually unless noted

  • Friday February 18, 2022
    • Online orientation retreat for 2022–23 cohort, 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Unfortunately, if you cannot attend in full, you cannot be part of the cohort.) Introduction to each other, "what is community engaged scholarship and outreach" and what are participatory practices? Focus on our values, community building and introduction to the mentor component and "point of wonder".
  • Friday February 25, 2022
    • Workshop 2:00p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Relationship development and communication with community partners; introduction to mentor component.
  • Friday March 11, 2022
    • Workshop 2:00p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Planning and co-designing with partners.
  • Friday April 8, 2022
    • Workshop 2:00p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Iterative co-design and feedback; collaboratively assessing and sharing outcomes.
  • Summer 2022 (May to August)
    • Attend two required cohort meetings that the cohort will determine dates for together. Meetings will vary in length, but expect to commit an average of 2.5 hours per summer meeting. Summer workshops will focus on equity-oriented partnership practices.
  • Before May 1, 2022
    • ​Meet individually with program lead Lisa Schwartz once before May 1, 2022. 

Required Cohort Meetings, Academic year 2022-23 

    • ​Fall 2022 Sept - Nov. (Dates TBD):  

      • Meet with the cohort monthly Sept, Oct., and Nov. (you must attend 2 of 3 meetings to remain eligible for funding; missed meetings will required make-up work). ~2 hours per meeting. Cohort members will have a chance to workshop activities in these meetings.  Cohort members will workshop equity-oriented partnership activities.
    • *Friday, December 9, 2022: 
      • Required: Present your project proposal at a "critique" where you will receive feedback from campus and community members. Presentation template will be provided. Mandatory for project funding eligibility. 
    • Before Draft Project Proposal is Due
      • Meet individually with program lead Lisa Schwartz once and additionally as needed to finalize your project proposal. Can be done via zoom or in person.
    • Spring 2023 (Dates TBD):  
      • Meet monthly with the cohort Jan through April (you must attend 3 of 4 meetings to remain eligible for funding). ~2 hours per meeting depending on the topic and activity. Cohort members will workshop equity-oriented partnership activities in cohort meetings.

    Additional Meeting Requirements

    • Planning meeting for development of shared presentation, publication or workshop (date TBD, format to be determined by the group).
      • Participate briefly in the orientation for the next cohort and/or Coffee Hour info session for EAH Scholars.

      Mentor-related Activities 

      • Between April 15 and August 1, 2022: 
        • Interview your community mentor about their community-engaged work and write up an interview blog post to be shared online (draft due by August 9, 2022). May be done in person, phone or video chat.
      • Between September 2022 and March 2023: 
        • Do an advisory session with your mentor on your proposed community-engaged scholarship “partner” project (a partnership with communities on a project relevant to their teaching, research or creative work). May be done in person, phone or video chat.

      Other required activities (EAH scholars profile pages, project proposals etc.)

      • Summer and academic year 2022–23:
        • Provide Lisa Schwartz, program lead, with content for your EAH scholars page (see example student pages from prior years); write one blog post on your project to be featured on your EAH scholar page. 
      • Summer and academic year 2022–23:  ​
        • Complete monthly reflections and/or assignments in your process portfolio related to your community-engaged scholarship process (how you are thinking about the work, relationship development with partners, how you are using and developing your own interests and experiences as well as your partners in the design of equity-oriented, shared activity). 
        • Complete your community-engaged scholarship project proposal. Work with the cohort, mentors and Schwartz to develop your project plan. You must review your "partner" community-engaged scholarship project plan and budget with Schwartz in order to be eligible to apply for funding. Project proposals are approved by a committee and are not guaranteed to be approved if they do not meet the specific criteria of the Office for Outreach and Engagement and the EAH scholars program. Before you receive funding you must add your program information to the Community Outreach and Engagement Programs website, and it applicable, add your program events to the CU Boulder events calendar. If the proposal is approved and all requirements are met a funding agreement is signed and funds are transferred to an account in the scholar's home department from which to charge expenses.
      • Complete evaluation materials from the program (ongoing).


      If program requirements are met, the participation stipend is provided in two installments in summer 2022.

      Partner project funding: The goal of the the "partner" project is to develop a mutually beneficial and shared activity with community partners that leverages the student's scholarship and positionality. Scholars are eligible to each apply for funds up to $1,000 including GAIR for partner project proposals provided that all requirements are met and that proposals meet specific criteria of the Office for Outreach and Engagement and the EAH scholars program for engaged scholarship. You must review your "partner" community-engaged scholarship project plan and budget with Schwartz in order be eligible to apply for funding. Project proposals are approved by a committee and are not guaranteed to be approved if they do not meet the specific criteria of the Office for Outreach and Engagement and the EAH scholars program. After a proposal is approved, a funding agreement is signed by the EAH scholar after stipulations in the funding agreement are met (e.g. provide a type 29 ST, add program information to the outreach website etc.) before funds are transferred to their department for project expenses. 

      As an Engaged Arts and Humanities Scholar, graduate students will gain experiences in applying the tools of their discipline (research, teaching and creative work) to forge relationships and spaces for community interaction and dialogue. For some current thought on this type of work, see The New Work of Building Civic Practice, Michael Rohd, 2012 and the National Humanities Conference.

      Our office has many potential partners across campus and Colorado with whom students in the cohort could develop partnerships (see example projects and partners below and on the students' pages). While students might partner with others on campus, the critical objective of the community-engaged scholarship "partner" project is to work with communities external to the Boulder campus and within Colorado. 

      For example, students might listen to, document and share community members' stories in partnership with community members and organizations, or facilitate community members in doing this work themselves. Or, they might develop workshops, performances or creative work with communities. ​We have a wide network of existing partners and will support students in work with organizations in urban, rural and small town communities in Colorado that historically have less access to CU Boulder resources. In locations where changing community demographics, economies, landscapes, rising housing prices and gentrification are hot button issues, students' collaborative work could support the inclusion of diverse communities in local programming, important community conversations and/or opportunities to educate those from other locations. 

      Below are examples of some existing projects and programs across campus and Colorado that students could partner with to support or extend their work and/or reach new communities. These programs are aware of and excited about possibilities and there are many more possibilities as well! ​

      Applications are due Tuesday, January 25, 2022.  

      Please have the following information ready before you begin the online application.

      Section One

      • Personal contact information.
      • Contact information (email and phone) for two CU Boulder professors who could serve as references. Indicate your relationship to the professors that you list (advisor, mentor etc.).
      • Program affiliation (if you are not in the divison of the arts and humanities you will be asked to elaborate on how you use the tools of the arts and humanities in your work).
      • Your CV (this is solely to give us a general idea of your background) and any social media / person web sites.
      • Where you are at in your program and expected graduation date.

      Section Two

      Commitment to attendance for key dates (these are critical to the development of this cohort program and eligibility to remain in the program and receive stipends and project funds).

      Section Three

      Research and Interests

      • For an audience of academics in your field: How would you explain your research to others in your discipline? (250 words or less). PhD or MFA Program Department and name of your program area if applicable *
      • For a public audience: How would you explain your research to a public audience? (250 words or less)
      • What are your career goals? (150 words or less)
      • How do you approach issues of equity, diversity, equity and inclusion in your work? (150 words or less)
      • How do you think your disciplinary skill set, interests and experience might connect to the public or be applicable to community engagement? How do you think you will use the tools of the arts and humanities for project work? (250 words or less)
      • Why are you interested in this program and what are your goals for your participation? (250 words or less)
      • What questions do you have for us? (150 words or less)

      Return to EAH Scholars overview page