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Degree Programs

Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality

For DU Students

Welcome to IRISE!

As students at DU, there are many ways to be involved with IRISE including both graduate and undergraduate student research, creative project, and professional development grants. As well as the opportunity to become affiliated with IRISE in order to disseminate your own research and gain access to faculty research at DU. 

Undergraduate Research Grants

IRISE inequity Scholars will receive a $2,000 annual fellowship for their work between February 1 and June 31 of each academic year. In addition, each scholar is eligible to receive a $1000 annual project stipend to implement community work. Faculty mentors will receive $500 in recognition of their intensive mentoring role.

Learn more about Undergraduate Research Grant opportunities.

Graduate Research & Conference Travel Grants

With the goal of providing an intellectual home for faculty and students at DU to engage in this work, IRISE supports graduate research and scholarship related to the study of (in)equality with a $10,000 graduate fund each academic year. The grant may fund expenses associated with a clearly defined research project or with a conference paper presentation.

Learn more about Graduate Research and Conference Travel grant opportunities.

Pioneer Pathways Program (P3)

The Pioneer Pathways Program has a specific goal to nurture the strengths of academically successful incoming students from historically underrepresented communities and prepare them to pursue additional academic degrees, such as a Master's or Doctorate. The program supports IRISE’s mission to develop students who are underrepresented in various fields where an advanced degree is required as a condition of employment. In connection to DU’s commitment to Inclusive Excellence and Diversity, P3 is aimed to provide students with impactful research opportunities, social and cultural support, meaningful mentorship, and personal growth. 

Roger Salters Institute (RSI)

Entering its fourth year, the Roger Salters Institute is a program designed to encourage and support graduate students from historically marginalized groups and women to pursue faculty and administrative positions in academia. The Salters Institute provides graduate students with insights, information, and strategies from faculty and administrators who have spent their careers navigating the racialized and gendered reality of academe.

Named after the distinguished Dr. Roger Salters, the Institute continues his work by engaging graduate students from historically marginalized populations with the opportunity to engage with current faculty of color regarding the ins and outs of becoming a faculty member.