Cox Research Scholarship

The Cox Research Scholars Program is a merit-based scholarship program open to Indiana residents of exemplary achievement and scholarly curiosity. The Cox Research Scholars Program offers recipients the unique opportunity to participate in meaningful research or creative activity under the mentorship of a faculty member. Recipients are required to work an average of eight to ten hours per week over all four years on a scholarly, research-based project related to their academic interests. Students selected as Cox Research Scholars receive the following:

  • A scholarship and stipend package that – in conjunction with any other institutional funding they receive – will total the official cost of attendance at Indiana University Bloomington.*

*Students can receive gift aid from institutional funds (IU merit scholarships, grants, and fee remissions) totaling no more than the official cost of attendance for Indiana University Bloomington. Please note that Cox Scholarship amounts will be reduced to ensure that a student’s individual aid package does not exceed the official cost of attendance for IU Bloomington. External scholarships and entitlements from federal and state funds can be awarded regardless of total aid package.


  • Eligibility Requirements

    Competitive applicants must meet the minimum academic standards to be considered for this opportunity, which include a GPA of at least 3.85 or a top 10% class rank and a minimum SAT score of 1400 or a minimum ACT score of 31. Students can be interested in any academic majors. Applicants are not expected to have prior research experience but must exhibit academic curiosity and intellectual prowess. This scholarship is also need-based; financial need must be demonstrated by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 5, 2019 for the upcoming academic year.

  • Applying

    Admitted students are invited to apply for a Cox Research Scholarship through the Selective Scholarship Application process.

  • Renewal Criteria

    The Cox Research Scholarship is available to students as incoming freshmen and, once awarded, is renewable for a total of four years (eight semesters) of undergraduate study, not including summer sessions. If a student chooses to attend another college or university (including an IU campus other than Bloomington) or withdraw from IU, the scholarship is forfeited. In order to renew the scholarship, the Cox Research Scholar must meet the following requirements:

    • Be enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours) as a degree-seeking student on the Bloomington campus. Waitlisted courses do not count toward official enrollment.
    • Be a US citizen.
    • Maintain a cumulative program GPA of 3.0 at IU.
    • Succesffuly complete the assigned research work.

    This scholarship can be combined with the IU National Scholar Program Scholarships.

  • Cox Research Scholars Selection Timeline - 2019


    October 2018 IU admitted students begin receiving the Selective Scholarship Application (SSA) if they meet criteria. The SSA is how students apply for a Cox Research Scholarship.
    November 1, 2018 All application materials for admission to IUB must be submitted.
    January 15, 2019 Selective Scholarship Application (SSA) deadline.
    March 5, 2019 Deadline to submit a FAFSA to be considered for CRSP. Only applicants with financial need (as determined by a review of the FAFSA) can be considered for CRSP.
    By March 8, 2019 Emails will be sent to approximately 40 finalists with an invitation to one of two
    required Interview Visit days.
    By March 19, 2019 Emails sent to students who are no longer being considered.
    Friday, March 22,
    2019 & Monday,
    March 25, 2019
    Interview Visit days on IU Bloomington campus. Interview is required to be considered for CRSP.
    March 27, 2019 Emails sent to students selected for CRSP. All applicants are
    notified of their status.
    April - May 2019 Alternates offered as needed to fill the class on a rolling basis as others decline.
    May 1, 2019 National deadline for all students to indicate university matriculation
    and pay enrollment deposit.