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OUR Research/Creative Endeavor Support Funding Awards (Formerly Stipends)

The Office of Undergraduate Research will be offering Research/Creative Endeavor Funding Awards and Support Grants toward undergraduate scholarship for Summer 2020. Summer funding is for research taking place between June and the end of August. Research to be conducted following that period should apply for Fall Funding.

  • Research supplies
  • Travel
  • Conference presentations/performances,
  • Support for research and creative endeavors.

info Faculty, Staff, Graduate Students are not eligible to apply


Stipends will be awarded based on the amount of available funding and the number of requests.  While there is no guarantee of a full stipend, OUR will fund as many eligible requests as possible.  

*Each student who receives funding will also prepare a report that provides a summary of the research-related activity, including the ways in which it enhanced the student’s education. This document should be two to three pages in length, and should also include an itemization of the research-related expenses covered by the award. This document must be turned in by the end of the semester following the issuance of the award (if the award is given in spring, the document is due by the end of fall semester), and due dates are posted on the OUR website.

Travel Funding Details

It should be noted that OUR can not fund travel or supply expenses associated with a specific class, for which those supplies or the travel is a required element of the course work.  We do support research and travel associated with programs such as McNair and Honors and with research or travel related to independent study projects or for non-required travel and/or research supplies and time.

Additional funding specifically for travel may be available from the Student Senate's Conference Funding.


As of January 1, 2018 the mileage rate (if you are driving for travel) is .49 per mile. 

Per Diem

To figure out your per diem (which varies based on the city you are traveling to) view the Pier Diem Rates established by the General Services Administration.

Apply for Funding Awards

Email a completed application to our@unco.edu. All submissions must include: 

  • A signed, completed application
  • Project proposal narrative (no more than two pages)
  • Faculty sponsor letter of support
  • Conference/performance acceptance letter (if the application involves conference participation).



Application Deadline

Application Deadline has been extended. Applications must be received by 5pm on April 30th, 2020. Applicants will be notified of the results by early May.

Application Rankings

Stipend applications will be ranked according to the following rubric:

High Priority 

  • Standard research projects such as are conducted in science, social science, education, and academic disciplines.
  • Creative endeavors in humanities, business, and other disciplines, which recognize such endeavors as scholarship.
  • Presentation of research and/or creative endeavors at a conference.

Medium Priority

  • Conference attendance
  • Clinic or master class attendance

Lowest Priority

  • Membership dues for professional organizations

General Due Dates

Due dates for each stipend will appear in the sidebar above.  In general, however, due dates will be as follows:

Summer Stipends 

Applications will be due in April.  Students will be notified of awards around the end of April.  Awards, however, will not be issued until the beginning of the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1, with funds being dispersed within the first week of July.  This is not optimal, but it is necessary given the timing of UNC's Fiscal Year, and the loading of budgets.

Fall Stipends 

 Applications will be due in late September.  Students will be notified of awards around the middle of October.  Funds will be processed as quickly as possible after students are notified.

Spring Stipends 

Applications will be due in mid-February.  Students will be notified of awards around the first of March.  Funds will be processed as quickly as possible after students are notified.