To be eligible for a Cox Research Scholarship, you must:
- Enter IU classified as an Indiana resident.
- Be pursuing your first baccalaureate degree.
- Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12 credit hours upon arrival and throughout your academic career at IU Bloomington.
- Meet the minimum academic standards to be considered for this opportunity. Students who apply with tests scores must have 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 who apply without test scores will be evaluated on grades earned in academic coursework, performance in honors, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement courses, their IU-specific essay, extracurricular activities, and other achievements.
- Demonstrate financial need by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1, 2021 for the upcoming academic year.
- Be willing to commit to eight to ten hours of work in research each week during your entire enrollment at Indiana University.
You can be interested in any academic major, and are not expected to have prior research experience. However, you must exhibit academic curiosity and intellectual prowess.
If you’re selected as a Cox Research Scholar, you can review a comprehensive list of enrollment and academic requirements here.
Please note: NCAA athletes are not eligible for Cox Scholarships.
Students who are admitted into IU are invited to apply for a Cox Research Scholarship through the Selective Scholarship Application process.
Due to challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cox Scholars Program will not be interviewing applicants this year. Scholarships will be awarded based on information provided by students in their Cox Scholars Program applications to make the process easier for students during this difficult time.
Students selected to receive Cox Scholarships will be invited to events in the spring to learn more about the Cox Scholars Program and to meet their fellow Cox Scholars and program staff.
If you are admitted to IU Bloomington and meet the criteria, you’ll receive a Selective Scholarship Application (SSA).
November 1, 2020
All application materials for admission to IU Bloomington must be submitted. The review process of Cox Research Scholarship applicants begins.
February 1, 2021
This is the deadline to submit your Selective Scholarship Application (SSA) and FAFSA. Only applicants with financial need (as determined by a review of your FAFSA) can be considered for the Cox Research Scholarship.
By February 28, 2021
Cox Research Scholarships awarded; recipients are notified. All applicants are notified of their status.
May 1, 2021
National deadline for all students to indicate university matriculation and pay enrollment deposit.
Dates are subject to change. Please check back for the most up to date schedule.
If you’re awarded a Cox Scholarship, you 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.
Cox Scholarship amounts will be reduced to ensure that your 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 your total aid package.
If you’re awarded a Cox Research Scholarship, you can find more information about financial support here.
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 you choose 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, you 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.
- Maintain a cumulative program GPA of 3.0 at IU.
- Complete successful participation in your assigned research work.