The J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities (JPMCC) at the University of Colorado Denver is pleased to announce three Research Fellowship Awards to support applied commodities research projects funded by the CME Group Foundation. Each Fellowship Award is for $8,000, plus travel costs to Denver for the principal author.

Awards will be disbursed on a staggered basis, with the expectation that a completed and presentable working paper be ready by January 2017. The selected Fellows will be required to present their findings at a research forum hosted by JPMCC and the working papers will be posted on the JPMCC’s website.

Ph.D. students and early career professionals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Proposals should be sent electronically as one packet, with the subject line Commodities Research Fellowship Award application, to, and contain all three of the following materials:

  • Cover page indicating the significance of the research
  • Description of the proposal, at most ten double-spaced pages including graphs, tables and references
  • Current curriculum vitae.

Deadline for receipt of applications is February 28, 2016.

Our Research Council

The JPMCC conducts research and publishes results to enhance the understanding of commodities in academia, commodities industries, policy, media, and the general public. The JPMCC’s Research Council helps shape the research agenda of the JPMCC and consists of eminent researchers and successful professionals of practice, interested in a shared platform for rigorous and relevant commodities research and its dissemination to the wider commodities community.

Selection Criteria

The JPMCC Research Council’s Fellowships Grant Committee will select proposals that best align with the JPMCC's mission of rigorous, innovative and practitioner-relevant research. The proposal and the curriculum vitae will be the two main sources of information used to evaluate the significance of the research. The proposed research will be judged by the quality and significance, the proposed method and analysis, its degree of originality and rigor, and the likelihood that the proposals will have practical application in the field of commodities and result in peer-reviewed publications.

Eligibility is not confined to University faculty; both academic researchers and industry professionals are encouraged to apply. Completed projects are not eligible.

For questions, email the Commodities Center.