The Department of Sociology, through the Graduate Committee, offers four annual awards for Graduate Student Scholarship and Teaching. Deadline for submission of materials is announced each spring. The applications are evaluated by committees comprising two faculty and one graduate student.

1. Out-of-Pocket Dissertation Expenses: $1,000 (may be divided between two students). This Award will be given to a student to assist with future (not past) out-of-pocket dissertation expenses, such as (but not restricted to) data gathering travel, transcription, photocopying, postage for questionnaires, purchase of secondary data, printing costs, purchase of equipment for audio or video recording. No travel to professional conferences will be covered. Note that no cash will be awarded directly to the student. The Department will set up a research account from which the student can be reimbursed for documented expenses (original receipts required). Each applicant should submit a 750-word description of the dissertation, with a statement of whether or not the dissertation has been approved by the student's committee, plus a one-page single spaced outline of what expenses are anticipated. Proposals not yet defended or students who have not formed committees will lose points. The applications will be evaluated on the quality and significance of the project as well as budget justification and the potential for the Award to have an impact on the quality of the dissertation. Satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree also counts.

  • 2014/15 - Cate Bowman
  • 2014/15 - Cristen Dalessandro
  • 2014/15 - Nicole Lambert
  • 2014/15 - Kathryn Nowotny
  • 2014/15 - Elizabeth Whalley
  • 2012/13 - Tracy Kirkland
  • 2011/12 Wade Smith 
  • 2010/11 Jesse Smith
  • 2009/10 - Devon Thacker
  • 2008/09 - Christie Sennott
  • 2007/08 - Allison Hicks 
  • 2006/07- Tara Opsal 
  • 2005/06 - Jarron Saint Onge 
  • 2004/05 - Jennifer Snook 
  • 2003/04 - Keri Brandt and Brian Klocke 
  • 2002/03 - William Rocque 
  • 2001/02 - Patrick Gillham and Linda Ramos

2. Outstanding Research paper: $500.00, which goes to the student’s account. Papers should be a maximum of 5,000 words (approximately 25 pages) plus citations, ASR format, prepared for blind reviews. Co-authored papers, published papers, or papers submitted for publication are NOT eligible. One submission per person.

  • 2019/2020 - Laurent Cilia & Michael Vinneau
  • 2018/19 - Bertha Bermudez Tapia
  • 2017/18 - Jennifer Pace
  • 2016/17 - Cristen Dalessandro
  • 2015/16 - Stephanie Bonnes
  • 2014/15 - Jessica Luna
  • 2012/13 - Nitika Sharma
  • 2011/12 - Bethany Everett
  • 2010/11 - Naghme Naseri
  • 2009/10 - Patrick O'Brien
  • 2008/09 - Justin Denney 
  • 2007/08 - Marc Eaton 
  • 2006/07 - Colter Ellis
  • 2005/06 - Marshall Smith 
  • 2004/05 - Emmanuel David 
  • 2003/04 - Jeannette Sutton 
  • 2002/03 - Lori Peek 
  • 2001/02 - Patrick Gillham

3. Ralph and Barbara Dakin Award: This cash award (usually $1,000) was made possible by an endowed gift to the Department by Ralph Dakin (who received his Ph.D. from this Department in 1958) and his spouse. The purpose of the award is to recognize "outstanding scholarship that contributes to peace, inter-cultural understanding, resolution of conflict, or amelioration of important social problems." The Award is made by the Faculty, Department of Sociology. Any member of the faculty can nominate a student. Students wishing to nominate themselves or another student should ask a member of the faculty to write the nomination letter. To nominate a student, please submit a letter (and any supporting materials) to the graduate committee. All graduate students who have been enrolled in our program for at least two years, or former students who completed their Ph.D.s within the last three years, are eligible.

  • 2109/2020 - Juhee Woo
  • 2017/18 - Danielle Denardo
  • 2016/17 - Jessie Luna
  • 2015/16 - Kathryn Nowotny
  • 2014/15 - Stephanie Bonnes
  • 2012/13 - Tracy Deyell
  • 2011/12 - Brandi Gilbert 
  • 2009/10 - Devon Thacker
  • 2008/09 - Liz Morningstar
  • 2007/08 - Eric Bonds 
  • 2006/06 - Brian Klocke 
  • 2005/06 - Duke Austin 
  • 2004/05 - Jill Williams 
  • 2003/04 - Hillary Potter 
  • 2002/03 - Marci L. Eads 
  • 2001/02 - Ellis Jones, Ross Haenfler and Brett Johnson

4. GTPI Award: Given each fall to a student with outstanding FCQs and GPA (based on previous academic year’s records) in the amount of $1000. The winner is recognized at the Department’s annual fall meeting, and his or her name is added to a plaque in the Department’s office. This is not the same as the Graduate School's GPTI Award.  

  • 2019/2020 - Hillary Steinberg
  • 2015/16 - Adelle Monteblanco
  • 2014/15 - Josh Lepree
  • 2012/13 - Zachary Owens
  • 2011/12 - Kari Alexander
  • 2010/11 - Zek Valkyrie
  • 2009/10 - Kristina Kahl
  • 2008/09 - Angel Hoekstra 
  • 2007/08 - Courtney McDonald 
  • 2005/06 - Ali Hatch 
  • 2004/05 - Katherine Sirles 
  • 2003/04 - Robert Duran 
  • 2002/03 - Brett Johnson 
  • 2001/02 - Jeffrey London

General Awards

Betsy Moen Award: Elizabeth “Betsy” Moen Mathiot, was an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1976 to 1993. She died in Madurai, India, on March 11, 1993, leaving a unique legacy of scholarship and social action. Betsy’s notion of an ideal and more useful university education was one that encourages and facilitates students’ becoming involved in the world and being idealistically generous in that involvement; one that does not just talk, muse, analyze, dissect, criticize, and pine from a distance about the world, but one that gets into the world, into the complexity and messiness of it and concretely contributes to it at the same time that one studies it; an education that promotes, for example, service learning, volunteering, internships, and the first-hand study of social issues, social contexts, and social structures.

In an effort to recognize and celebrate others whose work is similar in spirit to Dr. Moen’s, the Feminist Scholars in Sociology* – of which Betsy was a member – is taking nominations for the 2006 Walk the Talk Award. Nominees may be faculty, staff, graduate students, or undergraduate students doing sociological work (although they need not be working in the Department of Sociology). Nominees should be self-identified feminists seeking to improve the lives of women through their research, activism, and/or teaching. You may nominate yourself or someone else to receive this recognition (which includes a $500 cash award). Faculty or staff may be honored with the award; however only students of the University of Colorado at Boulder may be given the cash award.

Application Process: The nominator must complete the application form (MS Word Format) and include a statement from the nominee. The nominee must also include a statement explaining how the award money will be used. All application material should be returned to the committee representative by the date announced, which is typically in March or April.

  • 2019/2020 - Jax Gonzalez
  • 2019/20 - Vanessa Roberts
  • 2018/19 - Bertha Bermudez Tapia
  • 2017/18 - Stephanie Bonnes
  • 2016/17 - Nnenia Campbell
  • 2015/16 - Nnenia Campbell
  • 2014/15 - Adelle Monteblanco
  • 2012/13 - Coleen Hackett and Elizabeth Whalley
  • 2011/12 - Tamara Williams
  • 2010/11 - Mary Robertson
  • 2009/10 - Leith Lombas
  • 2008/09 - Christie Sennott
  • 2007/08 - Emmanuel David 
  • 2006/07 - Devon Thacker 
  • 2005/06 - Ali Hatch

*Feminist Scholars in Sociology is a collective of researchers and teachers at the University of Colorado at Boulder, interested in exploring, sharing, and supporting feminist theory, methodology, and activism.

AAUW Fellowships and Grants
AAUW (formerly American Association of University Women): 
Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships: $30,000 
Dissertation Fellowships: $20,000.
Applications available: August. 1 – November 15.
This organization also funds short-term/summer research with up to $6,000 that can be applied for in spring.
AcademyHealth/NCHS Health Policy Fellowship
AcademyHealth/National Center for Health Statistics. Deadline is typically in January. Applicant proposals should demonstrate knowledge of NCHS data selected for study. Proposals should be sufficiently specific to show adequate understanding of the surveys in relation to the research question and feasibility of completing the study within a 13 month time frame. 

ASA Congressional Fellowship
The Sydney S. Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy. Deadline: February 1. Amount: $30,000 Ph.D. Level Graduate Internship for 4-6 months, work as a staff member on a congressional committee or in a congressional office, or as a member of a congressional agency.  

ASA Grants
Various pre- and post-doctoral grants and fellowships for research or teaching awarded through the American Sociological Association. See page for dates and details. 

Ford Foundation Dissertation Diversity Fellowships
Through its Fellowship Program, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

  • Eligibility to apply for a Ford fellowship is limited to:
  • All citizens or nationals of the United States regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation,
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations),
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.

Please visit their site for information regarding level-specific eligibility requirements, stipends, and other program information for each of the three levels of the Fellowship program.

Fulbright Scholars main page
Funding to conduct research abroad.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowships
The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (HFG) welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence, aggression, and dominance in the modern world. Ten or more dissertation fellowships are awarded each year to individuals who will complete the writing of the dissertation within the award year. These fellowships of $15,000 each are designed to contribute to the support of the doctoral candidate to enable him or her to complete the thesis in a timely manner, and it is only appropriate to apply for support for the final year of Ph.D. work. Applications are evaluated in comparison with each other and not in competition with the postdoctoral research proposals. Applicants may be citizens of any country and studying at colleges or universities in any country. For information, please visit their site.

The Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research
Directed by David Mechanic, this Rutgers-based center has postdoctoral opportunities for research and training in mental health research. The National Institute of Mental Health provides funding for the program. Trainee stipends range from $38,496 to $53,112 per year, depending on years since completing of the doctorate. The major foci of the program are mental health services research and psychosocial factors in mental health and illness. Participating disciplines include sociology, psychology, psychiatry, history, economics, anthropology, public policy, and social work. Two-year appointments starting June 2012 are available. Further information on the Institute and training program faculty is available on their site. The program seeks to promote diverse approaches to mental health research and encourages applicants from backgrounds underrepresented in mental health services research and from persons with disabilities who can bring varying perspectives to mental health issues. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in hand at time of application, which is usually due in the spring (April). Only citizens, non-citizen nationals, or persons lawfully admitted for permanent residence are eligible for these positions. 

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation 
This organization has an outstanding fellowship opportunity for individuals (PhD or MD graduate-level training completed in the past six years) with a strong quantitative background to conduct in-depth, methodological research on a variety of global health topics with the mentorship of faculty and senior researchers 

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program
This program provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences. Please visit their site for more information. 

Mellon\ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
$25,000 + research fees (up to $3k) + tuition (up to $5k).
Stipend: $25,000, plus funds for research costs of up to $3,000 and for university fees of up to $5,000.Applications due in Fall (usually November) with Spring notification.

The National Academies Fellowships Office of Policy & Global Affairs
The Fellowships Office (FO) of the National Academies administers predoctoral, postdoctoral, and senior fellowship awards on behalf of government and private/foundation sponsors; these fellowship awards play an important role in the career development of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and scholars for the academic, federal, industrial and international workforce. Current opportunities are available on their site.

National Institute of Health

National Institute of Justice

  • NIMH Grant page
    National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is a part of the NIH.
  • National Science Foundation: Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant
    Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants. For information, please visit their site
  • NSF Sociology Doctoral Dissertation Grants
    Due dates: Feb 15, Oct 15, 12-month grants, in amounts of $10,000 or less. 
  • Open Society Fellowship
    Granted through the Soros Foundation/Open Societies Network. 
  • RWJF Health and Society Scholars Information Page
    Grant Application Page
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program is designed to build  the nation’s capacity for research, leadership and policy change to address the multiple determinants of population health.Each year the program enables up to 18 outstanding individuals  who have completed their doctoral training to engage in an intensive two-year program at one  of six nationally prominent universities. 
  • RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research program develops and supports a new generation of creative health policy thinkers and researchers within the disciplines of economics,  political science and sociology. Each year the program selects up to nine highly qualified individuals for  two-year fellowships at one of three nationally prominent universities with the expectation that they will make important research contributions to future U.S. health policy.
  • Social Science Research Council
    The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Program assists graduate students in preparing dissertation and funding proposals for research that will contribute to the development of interdisciplinary fields in the humanities and social sciences. We sponsor training workshops and summer research on fields that are selected through annual competitions. Pairs of senior faculty propose the fields and design the spring and fall training workshops. Students apply to participate in the workshops and carry out related summer research. Now in its fourth year, the program annually offers training in five fields to 60 graduate students. For information click here.

The Udall Foundation Environmental Public Policy & Conflict Resolution Ph.D Fellowship
The Udall Foundation awards two one-year fellowships of up to $24,000 to doctoral candidates whose research concerns U.S. environmental public policy and/or environmental conflict resolution and who are entering their final year of writing the dissertation. For information click here

Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies
$3,000 Interdisciplinary research about women. Social sciences are qualified; Deadline for applications in October.

Graduate School Funding Resources
The Graduate School lists a number of avenues to explore for students who are interested in seeking funding for their graduate education, including the Beverly Sears Grant, which provides small grants for research at the master's or doctoral level. There are new Dean's Graduate Student Research Grant awards.  Please visit their site for the graduate schools listing of all available graduate student funded awards.
Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship
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.

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 online application system:

  1.  Applicant's Curriculum Vitae
  2. Synopsis of dissertation (maximum 750 words).
  3. A timeline for completion of the dissertation (max one page)
  4. 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.
  5. Letter of support: statement of evaluation (maximum 750 words) of the dissertation plans and the likelihood of completion within the fellowship period. This statement, which is to be emailed directly to by the author is to be written by: either (a) the dissertation advisor or (b) another member of the dissertation committee.  Please request that the letter be sent as an attachment and not included in the body of the email.

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.

CARTSS Graduate Student Fellows program
CARTSS supports social science research and teaching initiatives on the CU campus. CARTSS has funded research and teaching in every social science department on campus. The CARTSS Graduate Student Fellows program is a competitive grant program for graduate students in College of Arts & Sciences social science departments who have completed all course requirements, passed qualifying exams, and are at the proposal preparation or research stage.
We are particularly interested in supporting pilot projects designed to increase the chances of securing external funding support as well as field research, data acquisition, travel, and other research costs essential to successful completion of research required for MA or PhD degrees.

Graduate students can apply for funding for conference travel from three sources. The sociology department and the graduate school each offer annual travel funding grants. To compete for departmental & Graduate School funding, you must be presenting a paper at the conference. The United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS) also awards travel grants twice yearly, in the fall and spring semesters, but each student is only eligible to receive UGGS funding once during tenure at CU.

  1. Departmental Travel Grants 
    Travel grant application
  2. Graduate School Student Travel Grants  
    Guidelines for preparing a travel grant proposal
  3. UGGS Travel Grants 
    Travel grant application

Funding Source


Grad School


Amount $500 domestic or international

$300 domestic or $500 international

How often can students apply? Annually Annually Twice yearly, but students can receive only one UGGS travel grant while at CU.
Reimbursement Funds disbursed through department after the conference has taken place. Funds are applied directly to student's tuition account. If account balance is zero, a direct deposit is disbursed by the Bursar's Office.

Funds only reimburse registration fees, transportation, and lodging costs. Per diem cannot be covered by travel grant. Reimbursed through UGGS.

Conference Criteria Sole authored or co-authored paper presentations as long as student is a presenter.  Student must be primary author and sole presenter of the work; the conference must be outside of Colorado. Paper presentation is not required, but those presenting research will receive priority funding.
Student Criteria Sociology graduate student in good standing.  Full time and in good standing; not eligible if have major funding by a fellowship, stipend, department grant, or other outside source. Not eligible if previously received UGGS travel grant.
How to Apply Submit form to sociology department. Submit application to Academic Works as directed by Graduate School.  Apply online through UGGS application system.

Matthew C. Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Matthew C. Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for graduate students in Sociology including those from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in the field of sociology and/or students who have faced unusual adversity. In line with Matthew C. Brown’s legacy, the fund will honor graduate students with demonstrated commitment and intention to making a positive social impact through research, teaching, and service.

Dr. Matthew C. Brown was a part of the University of Colorado Boulder family from 1995 to 2019. After receiving his PhD in 2003 from the Department of Sociology, he was an Instructor in the department from 2004 to 2019. He died in November of 2019, having made fundamental contributions to the campus community through his incredible devotion to teaching, extraordinary commitment to service, and deep-seated drive to foster the development and success of marginalized and underrepresented scholars.

In the community, Dr. Brown worked with a number of organizations including the Boulder County AIDS Project, the Gay Men’s Health Summit, and the  Boulder County Public Health’s the group Open and Affirming Sexual Orientation and gender identity Support (OASOS) for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning (LGBTIQ) youth. Within the university, he sat on and chaired departmental, university-wide, and multi-campus committees that tackled the difficult issues of diversity and inclusion in a firmly entrenched bureaucracy. He participated in the development of the LGBT Studies Certificate Program, gave countless invited presentations for student groups on topics ranging from sexual health to sexual assault prevention and consent to communication and sexual pleasure, organized and staffed the CU outreach booth at Denver Pride, served on the organization and planning committee for the TRANSforming Gender conference for nearly a decade, and hosted a college radio talk show (Sex Smarts) bringing in guests to discuss current events and hot topics and answer questions. He engaged fully in every area of community and university life and served as an ally in this capacity for multiple communities always with an eye beyond single issues or identities, but instead toward a holistic vision of social justice. Dr. Brown believed and worked toward a world where all could thrive and delight in being and expressing who they are.

One of Matt’s final requests before his death was to have a scholarship fund created to support, recognize, and celebrate graduate students who embodied the spirit of his legacy. This scholarship award provides financial support to marginalized and underrepresented graduate students in the sociology department at CU Boulder whose research, teaching, and community involvement aims to enhance the lives of others. 

Current sociology graduate students who are in good standing and identify with one or more marginalized, disadvantaged group, or underrepresented group are eligible. Such groups can include, but are not limited to, students of color, first generation, or who identify as LGBTQ.

For more information on the scholarship fund, or to make a donation, please contact the Sociology Department Chair at