Graduate Student Financial Support

There are many grants available to MA and Ph.D. students through the university, the Graduate School, the School of Arts and Sciences, the department, and external sources. It is highly recommended that students actively seek out grant and fellowship support during their time in our program. Below is a list of some sources of funding available to MA and Ph.D. students in Spanish and Portuguese. This list is by no means comprehensive, and students are encouraged to seek out other sources of funding. Any questions should be directed to the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies. A list of Graduate School Awards deadlines for the current year can be found here.


Teaching Assistantship

By far the most common form of financial aid that graduate students in our department receive are a teaching assistantships (TAship). Recipients of these awards receive the following:

  1. Tuition Waiver: The department pays all tuition costs for its TAs. Domestic applicants who are not Colorado residents will receive tuition waivers at the out-of-state rate for their first year of study only. After this year, we will only pay tuition costs at the in-state rate. For this reason, domestic students are required to establish Colorado residency by their second year in the program. International students with TAships will receive tuition waivers at the out-of-state rate as long as they are in the program.
  2. Monthly Stipend: Students with TAships receive a monthly stipend for the duration of the academic year. AY 2018/19 (9 months) MA students receive $2,383/month gross and Ph.D. students receive $2,754.80/month gross.
  3. Student Health Insurance: Graduate students are required to have some form of health insurance. Students with TAships who choose the Student Gold Health Insurance Plan will have 100% of their premiums paid each semester. This does not include summer unless students have a summer appointment. Students with private health insurance (e.g., through their spouse) may waive the Student Gold Health Insurance Plan.

Students with TAships will have their tuition waived, but they must pay student fees required by the university. These fees include full access to the University Recreation Center, the Career Center, and an RTD bus pass that provides free transportation on all RTD buses during the academic year.

In exchange for these awards, students with TAships teach lower-division language course (Spanish or Portuguese, depending on student's skills and experience) per semester. This teaching responsibility amounts to approximately 20 hours of preparation, in-class teaching, and grading per week. All entering graduate students are required to take our one-unit seminar on teaching methodology and pedagogy, which prepares them for their teaching assignments. Neither the TA's teaching schedule nor the methodology/pedagogy seminar will pose a time conflict with regularly scheduled graduate seminars offered by our department.


Dissertation Fellowships

The Center for Humanities and the Arts, the Graduate School, and the College of Arts & Sciences have unified the Dissertation Fellowship Award process for graduate students in Humanities and the Arts. There are five full-year dissertation awards — Devaney, Emerson, Lowe, Reynolds, and the CHA Dissertation Fellowship. These awards all carry the same benefits (50% GPTI stipend, tuition remission for five dissertation hours, fees, and medical insurance each semester); the same conditions apply to all (no other work is allowed, no other scholarships or fellowships); the same selection criteria apply; and there is one selection committee, suitably representative of the faculty, to rank the applications and make the awards. We do not ask departments to nominate students or rank their own students. Any student who meets the qualification criteria may nominate him/herself.


Diversity Fellowships

These are awarded to underrepresented first-year graduate students who demonstrate high academic promise.Their purpose is to increase the diversity of the graduate student body at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Only students with U.S. citizenship and permanent residents are eligible. The amount of each award is $2,500. Nominations are submitted by the departments in February.


Graduate School Awards

There are a number of avenues to explore for students who are interested in seeking funds for their graduate education. Click here for more information.


Eaton Graduate Student Travel Grant

The Center for Humanities and the Arts (CHA) is pleased to announce its semi-annual competition for graduate student travel grants. Each year, ten awards of $500 will be awarded on a competitive basis for graduate students in the humanities and arts to support travel to conferences where they will present a paper or, for those in the arts, where the student will perform or display their work. All applications from MA and Ph.D. students will be considered; however, the excellence of the project will be the main criterion for selection. CHA will award four travel grants during the fall semester, and six grants will be available for travel occurring in the spring and summer.

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be a full-time graduate student in good standing.
  • The student must be traveling to a conference to present his/her own work.
  • The applicant can receive one grant per academic year.
  • Departments will be limited to two grants per academic year.

To apply for this grant, please complete the application and include the materials requested on the application checklist. Submit all materials to Paula Anderson, Center for Humanities and Arts, Macky 201, UCB 280.

These travel grants are made available to CHA through endowed funds from Woody and Leslie Eaton.


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:

Click on this link for deadlines.

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 Ph.D. 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 of 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.


Department Summer Research Grants

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers summer funding for continuing graduate students to work on specific research projects (like traveling to conduct dissertation-related research, working on an article or dissertation chapter, etc.)

Amount: $2,500

Eligibility Requirements

The applicant must be a full-time graduate student in good standing. All graduate students (MA and Ph.D. can apply). Priority will be given to those students who have not been awarded the grant in the previous two years. You cannot apply for this grant if you are scheduled to teach in the summer.

Required Documents to Submit with your Application [all documents must be submitted in English and will be evaluated by the Graduate Committee]:

  • Applicant’s contact information
  • Title and Project Description [3 to 4 double-spaced pages]
  • CV
  • Academic Supervisor’s Support Letter
  • Budget

Selection Criteria: The Graduate Committee will base their selection on the following:

  1. The quality of the research project
  2. Importance of project to the student’s professional development
  3. The quality of the candidate’s CV (conference presentations, publications, awards, etc.)
  4. The probability of completion within the period of the fellowship (the greater the probability, the better chance of receiving a fellowship)
  5. Other teaching-free fellowships that the candidate has already enjoyed (the fewer the better)
  6. Letter of support

Applications that are incomplete or that do not adhere to the format will be disqualified.

Send your application to the Program Assistant by March 1st. The results will be announced within a month.


Department Travel Grant Application for Graduate Students

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers to fund graduate students to present their research at meetings and conferences hosted nationally and internationally. (Please remember that the Graduate School also offers partial funding for graduate students to travel to conferences.)

Every academic year the application for travel occurring on that same academic year must be submitted by September 1st or February 1st. Eligible travel may take place at any time in the academic year of the grant.

Amount: $400 for domestic travel and up to $800 for international travel

Eligibility Requirements

All graduate students (MA and Ph.D. can apply). Only one grant per academic year.

The applicant must be a full-time graduate student in good standing, and the travel must occur while the applicant is a registered student. Travel must be to a meeting or conference to present the student’s own research work or work of which he/she is the primary author.

Required Documents to Submit with your Application [all documents must be submitted in English to the Graduate Committee]:

  • Applicant’s contact information
  • Dates and Location of Conference
  • Title and Abstract (± 15 lines) of Paper to Deliver
  • Rationale explaining why that conference is important to your field and to you in particular (±10 lines)
  • Supporting documents showing that the paper has been accepted.  
  • CV
  • Detailed budget
  • Academic Supervisor’s Support Letter

NOTE: The department also offers $250.00 grants to assist students who travel for a job interview.

Award Criteria: Applications will be evaluated by the Graduate Committee according to the following criteria:

  1. Overall quality and clarity of proposal
  2. The prominence of the event (conference) 
  3. Importance of project to the student’s professional development
  4. Student’s academic record
  5. Appropriateness of the proposed budget
  6. Letter of support

Applications that are incomplete or that do not adhere to the format will be disqualified.

Send your application to the Program Assistant by September 1st or by February 1st. Results will be announced within a month.


Department GPTI and UGGS Teaching Excellence Award Nomination Process

Awards: UGGS TA/GPTI Awards, GPTI Teaching Excellence Award

Eligibility: All Department of Spanish & Portuguese GPTI’s and TA’s in their 2nd semester of teaching at CU according to the level specified by each award.

For the GPTI Teaching Excellence award, students must self-nominate to the Spanish and Portuguese Department Graduate Committee.

Any GPTI and TA who would like to be nominated for the UGGS TA/GPTI Award must be nominated by someone else. 

All those who want to be considered for nomination by the Spanish and Portuguese Department Graduate Committee for either the UGGS TA/GPTI or GPTI Teaching Excellence Award must submit the materials listed below.

Deadline: end of first week of the Fall semester. Applications should be sent to Doreen Williams in pdf formats. 

Portfolio Required Materials:

  1. A brief biographical statement indicating the nominee's special interests, academic history, teaching responsibilities, and degree status.
  2. Faculty and student evaluations (FCQs) of the nominee's teaching abilities.
  3. A current copy of the nominee’s course syllabus.
  4. A statement of teaching philosophy, written by the nominee. (200-300 word max)

In addition to the Portfolio of Required Materials, the following items should be submitted to Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Graduate Committee in care of Doreen Williams in pdf formats:

  1. Letter of candidate nominating self
  2. Copies of all available FCQs
  3. Letters from past and/or current students to support candidacy
  4. Videotape of minimally 15 uninterrupted minutes of classroom teaching
  5. Coordinators’ Yearly TA/GPTI/Instructor/Lecturer Evaluation Report to the Chair

The graduate committee will select candidates to nominate for the Awards:

Procedure:

  1. The Graduate Committee will review all materials from each nominee. Each self-nominated student will be ranked using the same confidential procedure for ranking applicants to our graduate programs.
  2. The Graduate Committee members will discuss the evaluation materials after they have been reviewed and will vote.
  3. The nominees for this award will be announced to the Department.

Department One-Year Extension Funding for ABD Graduate Students

The following procedure to request funding for one-year extensions to complete dissertation work is in place as of February 15, 2015.

Eligibility

Doctoral students in good academic standing who, by the end of the semester, will have exhausted their funding.

Evaluation Criteria:

The Evaluation Committee will base their decision on the following criteria:

  • Feasibility of Completion
  • Scope of Dissertation Project
  • Progress
  • Personal Circumstances

Application Procedures

Deadline: All application materials need to be received by the Department by noon of Friday following Spring Break. Students may expect an answer within two weeks after the deadline.

Applicants are required to submit the following information to the department.

  1. Statement from applicant justifying the need for an additional year
  2. Letter of support from dissertation director
  3. Evidence of progress
  4. Calendar and date of completion

Evaluators and evaluation process:

All Spanish and Portuguese faculty members who teach graduate courses are eligible to evaluate requests and vote on them. Students who receive a positive recommendation from the graduate faculty will be granted a one-year funding extension. A “positive recommendation” is issued when a majority of the graduate faculty votes in favor of a request. Requests shall not be ranked.


Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grant

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.

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2nd Leg Summer Fellowships

The purpose of this fellowship is to help students to gain expertise in a field, or subfield, that is not the immediate focus of their research and their dissertations. details


CHA Arts and Sciences Fellowships

The objective of these fellowships is to recruit outstanding new students for graduate study in the humanities and the arts within the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder. details


Thomas Edwin Devaney Fellowships for incoming Graduate Scholars and Artists

The objective of these fellowships is to recruit outstanding new students for doctoral graduate study in the humanities and the arts within the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder. details


Thomas Edwin Devaney Dissertation Fellowships

The Center for Humanities and the Arts, the Graduate School, and the College of Arts & Sciences have unified the Dissertation Fellowship Award process for graduate students in Humanities and the Arts. There are five full-year dissertation awards — Devaney, Emerson, Lowe, Reynolds, and the CHA Dissertation Fellowship. Any student who meets the qualification criteria may nominate him/herself. details


Hazel Barnes Flat

The Hazel Barnes Flat in the heart of London is a gift to scholars in the humanities and arts by Hazel Barnes (1915-2008), the much admired professor of Philosophy at CU-Boulder and founder of the Interdisciplinary Program in the Humanities. Her will stipulates that the flat be made available to faculty and graduate students in the humanities and the arts, and that its operation be entrusted to the Center for Humanities and the Arts and its director. details


Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Program (FLAS)

This US Government program provides generous academic year and summer fellowships (up to approx. $10,000 per award) to institutions of higher education to assist graduate students in foreign language, and either area or international studies. The goals of the fellowship program include: (1) to assist in the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area/international studies; (2) to stimulate the attainment of foreign language acquisition and fluency; and (3) to develop a pool of international experts to meet national needs.

A student is eligible to receive a fellowship if he or she: (1) is a graduate student, (2) is a citizen, national or permanent resident of the United States, (3) is enrolled in a program of modern foreign language training in a language for which the institution has developed or is developing performance-based instruction, (4) Shows potential for high academic achievement based on such indices as grade point average, class ranking, or similar measures that the institution may determine.

NOTE: Students do not apply directly to the U.S. Department of Education. Students must apply to grantee institutions. Deadlines vary per program. [more]


 


Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/
ACLS Early Career Fellowships
Dissertation Completion Fellowships
Fellowships for Recent Doctoral Recipients

The American Council of Learned Societies launched this new fellowship program providing (generous) support for young scholars to complete their dissertation and, later, to advance their research after being awarded the Ph.D. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Early Career Fellowship Program will award fellowships in two categories: Dissertation Completion Fellowships and Fellowships for Recent Doctoral Recipients. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program. [more]


National Fellowship Opportunities


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.