Young Upwardly Mobile Professor Grant (Y.U.M.P.s)

Y​UMPS provides support to tenure-track assistant professors at the University of Colorado Denver (Denver Campus) as they advance toward tenure. Funded activities can include: attending professional conferences or a professional development training/workshop, hiring a research assistant, or purchasing books, software, or specialized equipment. 


Tenure-track assistant professors, Denver Campus


Matching funds are NOT required for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Departmental Support:

The applicant’s chair or dean must submit a brief statement of support. Attach to your application.

Deadlines for 2020-2021 YUMPS Grant Applications:

Late Spring Deadline: April 10th, 2021 - Open! Apply now

Late Spring Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received a YUMPS grant during the Fiscal/Academic Year (2020-2021)


  • Funds must be expended within the fiscal year in which you have been awarded as no funds will rollover. The means you must spend the grant funds by May 1st of the fiscal year.
  • Funding Limit: One award per year, with a maximum value of $500. ​
  • The University's fiscal year begins July 1 and coincides with the academic year.* Meaning July 1st is the beginning of the fiscal year, and academic year.

Changes to YUMPS Grant Requirements during the Pandemic:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, university-funded travel and in-person conference attendance are not approved for Fall semester 2020 or Spring semester 2021. For the spring and upcoming year, the university will continue to assess whether or not university travel or in-person attendance at conferences will be supported in context to the evolving pandemic. 

Requests for virtual (online) conference attendance will be considered.