Balsells Graduate Fellowship Program


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  • Close proximity to ski resorts
  • Diverse population

About the University


The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) was founded in 1965 and is located in Southern Colorado near the Rocky Mountains in the Western United States.

With a current enrollment of over 10,000 students, UCCS provides an outstanding educational experience to students throughout the world. The seasonal climate offers students a variety of experiences; Colorado caters to the outdoor hiker as well as the ski slope enthusiast. Colorado also has a diverse history and cultural experience.

UCCS campus in winter
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
campus with Pikes Peak in the background.
Photo courtesy of Vanessa McWhirt.


The College of Engineering and Applied Science at UCCS is highly ranked and home to renowned researchers and professors. One of the earliest colleges in the University, the College of Engineering and Applied Science was started in 1967 after David Packard, of the company Hewlett-Packard, saw a need for a technologically trained population in Southern Colorado. Since its humble beginnings, the College now boasts an enrollment of approximately 1,300 students, which includes 144 international students (as of February 2015). Our College offers a variety of degree programs for undergraduate, graduate, and PhD seeking-students.

Please visit the following department specific websites to learn more about our degree programs:

Balsells Graduate Fellowship Program

The Balsells Graduate Fellowship Program is a unique opportunity for students in the Catalonia region of Spain to complete their Master’s degree at the UCCS College of Engineering and Applied Science. A defining feature of the Balsells Graduate Fellowship Program at UCCS is that the students are studying in the fields of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Computer Science.

A Master of Science (M.S.) degree at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs requires 30 semester credits and may be completed with a thesis option or with coursework only. Balsells Fellows are expected to complete the thesis option, so that they obtain practical experience with a research project. The thesis option includes 24 course credits and six thesis credits, typically requiring 5 continuous semesters (including summer) or less to complete the M.S. degree. Balsells Fellows are encouraged to continue for a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, which requires additional course credits and 30 credits for the Ph.D. dissertation.



Albert Rodriguez — PhD Student, UCCS College of Engineering

Albert Pasaret Herrero — IMDB-Amazon, Seattle, WA

Alfredo Guillem Fernandez-Hidalgo — Bal Seal Engineering, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO



  • Participants must be citizens and permanent residents of Spain.
  • Have been offered admission into an applicable UCCS College of Engineering and Applied Science degree program (for more information, see “How to Apply” section below)
  • Demonstrate interest in PhD studies in the U.S.
  • Have intermediate English proficiency and advanced academic standing.


  • Obtain academic and professional development
  • Receive a $1,600 USD stipend for 22 months (5 continuous semesters)
  • Full coverage of tuition and fees for 22 months (5 continuous semesters)
  • Receive health insurance
  • Faculty mentorship

How to Apply

The deadline to apply for the Fall cohort of students is April 1st

You must first apply and be accepted into the following degree programs to be considered for the Balsells Graduate Fellowship Program. Please see the linked pages for each program’s application requirements:

Once you have been offered admission to the program, please reference your program information and contact us at for eligibility for the Balsells Graduate Fellowship Program.