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Partners in Scholarship Application


PinS provides a unique opportunity for you to collaborate on a project with a faculty member. In order to complete the application, work with your faculty partner and develop a detailed plan for your project. While most partnerships involve one-to-one work with a faculty member, you can choose to work with faculty from more than one discipline or with several students. In the event of a multiple student project, each student must submit an application stating his/her personal contribution to the project and is eligible to receive $1,500. The PinS application is not tied to the academic quarter. This means you may apply at any deadline, submitting your own timeline. All projects must be finished by June 1st of the academic year. 

PinS is based on a reimbursement system, so you must ensure that your planned purchases are reimbursable by the University. The URC cannot fund tuition, internships, Service Learning, classes, lessons, or travel related directly or indirectly to any of the aforementioned.

Reimbursement FAQs

Does your proposed project involve human subjects? 
If your project involves human subjects (this includes surveys, interviews, observation of public behavior, etc.) you must complete and submit an "Application to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects" form. Complete the IRB form in consultation with your faculty partner and submit it to the IRB. IRB approval can take time. If your project is selected for PinS, you will not be able to start your project until you receive IRB approval. Contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for more information. Click here for more information about IRB at DU. 

Does your proposal involve animals?
If you are working with animals, you must receive IACUC approval. If your project is selected for PinS, PinS funding will be contingent on IACUC approval. Contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for more information. Click here for more information on IACUC at DU.  

 Application Deadlines 2014-2015

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014 notifications sent the week of October 13, 2014
  • Wednesday, October 8, 2014 notifications sent the week of November 3, 2014
  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015 notifications sent the week of February 23, 2015
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2015 notifications sent the week of March 30, 2015


A complete application consists of: 

  1. The online application. APPLY HERE
  2. The project proposal, maximum 2 pages (uploaded at the end of the online application)
  3. Unofficial transcripts
  4. Faculty partner letter of support (may be emailed to

Be prepared to provide the following information on the online application: 

  • Student information
  • Faculty partner information
  • Project title and abstract/summary
  • Project timeline
  • Budget request and description
  • IRB/IACUC approval information, if applicable

The project proposal should address the following: 

  • Define the research problem or creative endeavor. How does it fill a gap in existing knowledge or the extant body of creative works, and why is it important to fill that gap?What is the question you hope to answer? Why are you undertaking the project?
  • Describe the research method and the research design. Why is it likely to succeed? This might include explanations of how you will collect data or recruit participants. For visual or performing arts, this should explain how the proposed project is not simply an effort to refine one’s own skills or abilities, but connects to broader questions within your discipline.
  • How does the project relate to your goals?
  • What background do you have that prepares you for this project?
  • What will be the final product(s) of the project? 

Write your proposal for a general audience, so that those outside of your discipline can understand it.