Graduate Student Research Grants 2012/2013


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New Award:  Dean’s Graduate Student Research Grant Awards 


The Graduate School, with the help of Provost Russell Moore, is pleased to announce a new grant designed to support graduate student research projects at a level beyond what we have been able to do through the Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grants program. The Dean’s Graduate Student Research Grant Awards are competitive awards sponsored by the Graduate School that support the research, scholarship and creative work of graduate students from all departments.  Grants range up to $10,000 per proposal.  Funding is limited and we anticipate making a small number of awards in the $5,000-10,000 range.  

Students who have already applied for a Bev Sears grant are eligible to apply for this award, either for a separate research project, or for additional support for the project they have already applied for.  However, students may not accept funding for both awards.



Eligibility is restricted to doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy, or graduate students in other terminal degree programs (e.g., MFA).  Applicants must be full-time, Boulder campus, degree-seeking graduate students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. 

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 must directly relate to work on a thesis or doctoral dissertation. 

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 60 miles of Boulder), (6) computer hardware or software that is easily accessible to the student, and (7) CU tuition expenses (8) Conference travel.

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.


Deadline for receipt of all materials: Monday, January 28, 2013, by 12:00 p.m.  Awards will be announced in late February/early March.

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, (6) letter of support. Applications that are incomplete or that do not adhere to the format instructions will be disqualified.


Contact Patty Krus in the Graduate School,  for assistance with questions about the program.