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 complete an eight- to ten-hour commitment to 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.
If you are admitted to IU and meet the criteria, you’ll receive a Selective Scholarship Application (SSA).
November 1, 2019
All application materials for admission to IU Bloomington must be submitted. The review process of Cox Research Scholarship applicants begins.
January 15, 2020
This is the Selective Scholarship Application (SSA) deadline.
February 5, 2020
This is the FAFSA deadline. Only applicants with financial need (as determined by a review of the FAFSA) can be considered for the Cox Research Scholarship.
By February 14, 2020
Approximately 30 finalists are selected, and invited to one of two required Interview Visit days.
By February 19, 2020
Students who are no longer being considered will be notified.
Friday, February 28, 2020 and Monday, March 2, 2020
Finalists visit the IU Bloomington campus for interviews.
March 5, 2020
Cox Research Scholarships awarded; recipients are notified. All applicants are notified of their status.
Some recipients decline the offer; therefore, alternate recipients are invited as needed.
May 1, 2020
National deadline for all students to indicate university matriculation and pay enrollment deposit.
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.
Note that this scholarship can be combined with IU National Scholar Program Scholarships.
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.