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Center for Faculty Development & Advancement Grants

Young Upwardly Mobile Professor Grant

YUMPS provides support to tenure-track faculty at the University of Colorado Denver (Downtown Campus) for activities that advance them 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.

  • Funding Limit: $500/year
  • Eligibility: Tenure-track faculty
  • Matching: The requirement of matching funds is suspended for the 2020-21 academic year. 

  • ​​Departmental Support: The applicant’s chair or dean must submit a brief statement of support. The statement must discuss the meaningful nature of this opportunity in the scope of the applicant’s work toward tenure. The statement should be emailed to Director Karen Sobel by the semester deadline (below).
  •  Faculty are eligible for only one award per academic year (exceptions may apply for the April deadline, if funds are available).
​Please note: You must submit your request by the deadline dates. You can apply for funds as soon as your participation in a conference, training, or another activity has been confirmed or accepted.  In other words, even if your conference or activity does not take place until May, but you have confirmed your participation at the beginning of the year, you can submit your application by the September 18 or January 29 deadlines.
  • Fall Deadline: September 18, 2020
  • Spring Deadline: January 29, 2021
  • Late Spring Deadline (if remaining funds are available): April 10, 2021
  • Funds must be expended within the fiscal year in which you have been awarded as no funds will roll-over


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