College of Arts and Sciences College Scholar Award

This program provides one semester of course replacement funds to enable tenured faculty to pursue full time research/creative scholarly activities.

College of Arts and Sciences In-Residence Research Semester

Teaching Release support for incoming tenure-track faculty (generally for one or two courses) during the period prior to the comprehensive review.

Center for English and Irish Studies Event Funding

The Center for British and Irish Studies supports speakers and events related to British and Irish culture and society by contributing up to $500 to such events and/or use of the British and Irish Studies room.

Center for Western Civilization, Thought & Policy Faculty Grants

The CWCTP funds research and educational initiatives that contribute to critical reflection on the development of Western civilization. All CU/Boulder faculty (including instructors) are eligible to apply. 

Center for Western Civilization, Thought & Policy Faculty Fellowships

Two fellowships will be awarded at the faculty level. The Center is keen to receive applicants from the whole range of academic fields across the university. The stipend for internal fellows is $4,000.

Jewish Studies Faculty Research Travel Grants

All full-time CU Boulder faculty members conducting research or presenting at conferences in areas related to the field of Jewish Studies are eligible to apply. Research travel grants of up to $2,500 are awarded.

Jewish Studies Faculty Conference Travel Grants

Conference travel grants of up to $500 are awarded to full-time faculty in any discipline who are presenting at academic or professional conferences related to the field of Jewish Studies.

Department of Religious Studies Faculty Funding

The Department offers small travel, research, and teaching grants to full-time Religious Studies faculty.

Department of Theatre & Dance Program Support Fund

This fund is designed to bring in guest artists/scholars for teaching in theatre & dance courses, hosting workshops and other program-related events, projects, or classroom supplies. Applicants must be a theatre or dance faculty member.


College of Engineering & Applied Science BOLD Faculty Fellows Program

Benefits include a ½ course buyout or 10% credit towards annual service, $10,000 budget for programming, and collaboration opportunities with BOLD Center staff on grant proposals.

College of Engineering & Applied Science Commitment to Excellence Award

The award is presented to those who celebrated one of their five-year anniversaries of employment with the college in the prior six months, with top performance rating for each of the last three years of service to the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

College of Engineering & Applied Science Dean’s Performance Awards

 Awards are made for outstanding performance in teaching and research, for professional progress over the previous year, and for outstanding performance by a junior faculty member. Each awardee receives a $5,000 discretionary fund.

College of Engineering & Applied Science Sullivan-Carlson Innovation in Teaching Award

The student-sponsored Engineering Excellence Fund makes the $1,000 award annually to an instructor in the college who demonstrates initiative and innovation in developing and using hands-on curriculum.

College of Engineering & Applied Science John and Mercedes Peebles Innovation in Education Award

This award recognizes faculty (professor or instructor) of the college who have shown a unique commitment to students demonstrated through innovations in education. The selected faculty receives a $2,500 award.

College of Engineering & Applied Science Outstanding Advisor Award

This award recognizes faculty and/or staff advisors who demonstrate exceptional advising skills and who serve as role models to other advisors.  Awards are $1,000 and may or may not be made each year at the discretion of the selection committee.

College of Engineering & Applied Science Faculty Excellence Program

The Faculty Excellence program includes the Laboratory Renovation Funds program, Deans Faculty Fellowships, Dean’s Performance Awards, and Dean’s Seed Fund for Novel Ideas. 

Engineering Excellence Fund

This fund includes Mini Proposals, Major Proposals, and Fixed Commitments funding. Mini Proposals are awards of up to $3,000. Major Proposals are proposed amounts with no dollar cap. Fixed Commitments include opportunities, education spaces, and programs that the Engineering Excellence Fund believes should be funded every year.


College of Media, Communication, and Information Payden Award

The Payden Award recognizes excellence in teaching and research or creative work with a $20,000 cash prize and the opportunity to present a colloquium on effective teaching methods to faculty colleagues and graduate students.


Women Investing in the School of Education

Women Investing in the School of Education (WISE) is a giving circle including alumnae, teachers, and friends committed to supporting education and advancing the mission of the CU Boulder School of Education. Members provide funds and award grants, which support faculty research, outreach, and initiatives that may otherwise go unfunded.


Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence Awards

The Excellence Awards specifically recognize outstanding work and a concerted effort to make advances in the academy. Each recipient receives $3,000. 

Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences (CARTSS) Funding

The Faculty Awards program is a competitive grant program to support research activities of tenure-track faculty in social science departments. Grant requests may be for up to $4,000.

Center for Humanities & the Arts Faculty Fellowships

Fellowships consist of a two-course teaching reduction, either to be taken in one semester or spread over the academic year. All Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors in the Humanities and the Arts on the Boulder campus are eligible.

Graduate Committee on the Arts and Humanities (GCAH)

The GCAH provides support for the research and creative efforts of faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Opportunities include funding for Research/Creative Work ($3,000), Special Events ($3,000), and Visiting Scholar/Artist (up to $1,500).

Leadership Education for Advancement and Promotion (LEAP) Growth Grants

LEAP individual growth grants are designed to provide funding for projects that will assist in advancing the careers of associate professors on the CU Boulder campus. Multiple awards will be given in amounts up to $9,000 each.

Office of Outreach and Engagement Outreach Awards

These awards support substantive faculty-led outreach and engagement projects. Awards will be given in amounts up to $9,000 (individual) or $24,000 (group).

Office of Outreach and Engagement Community Impact Grants

This grant seeds or extends community-engaged work. Award amount is up to $5,000.

Office of Outreach and Engagement Micro Grants

Micro Grants support outreach-related travel, events, and more. Awards are up to $2,000.


Chase Faculty Community Service Award

The award provides $10,000 to a full-time University of Colorado faculty member who, in addition to his or her university responsibilities, has, pro bono, provided exceptional educational, humanitarian, civic or other service in the community.

Diversity & Inclusive Excellence Grant

Diversity & Inclusive Excellence Grants fund innovative projects that promote diversity and inclusive excellence throughout the University of Colorado. Proposals are funded based on the recommendations of the system-wide committee. Projects selected for funding are restricted to a maximum award of $3,000.

President’s Diversity Award

This annual award recognizes significant achievements of faculty, staff, students, and academic or administrative units in developing a culturally and intellectually diverse university community reflective of inclusive excellence. As many as four awards of $2,000 each are given.

Thomas Jefferson Award

The University of Colorado Thomas Jefferson Award honors students, staff, and faculty members who advance the ideals of Thomas Jefferson. Eligible nominees’ achievements reflect superior performance in their normal work or scholarship and notable participation in humanitarian activities. The award includes an engraved plaque and a $2,000 honorarium for each recipient.