Honors Funding for Research and Other Endeavors

The Letters & Science Honors Program currently offers several different grants, scholarships and awards for introductory and senior Honors thesis research, study abroad and research-related travel, and community and university service projects. For more information about these funding opportunities or campus-wide opportunities available to Honors students, including directions on how to apply, please review each of the opportunities below.

Introductory Research Experience Grant

SUMMER SOPHOMORE APPRENTICESHIP GRANT

The Summer Sophomore Research Apprenticeship Grant provides Honors students the opportunity to conduct research over the summer before or after their sophomore year.

Senior Honors Thesis Research Grants

Apply as a junior for funding during the summer before Senior Thesis project...

SUMMER SENIOR HONORS THESIS RESEARCH GRANT

This award helps students with research-related expenses, including travel costs, by providing stipends of up to $3000. Applications will also be considered for the Mark Mensink and Barry Popkin grants.

MARK MENSINK SENIOR HONORS THESIS GRANT

This is the Honors Program’s most prestigious Senior Thesis award, recognizing the most distinguished Senior Thesis proposal submitted to the program each spring.

*All applicants to the SUMMER SENIOR HONORS THESIS RESEARCH GRANT will be considered.

BARRY L. POPKIN SENIOR THESIS RESEARCH AWARD

This award helps students with research-related expenses who are doing research in the area of economics or social sciences, with priority going to students who are doing research in lower-middle-income countries outside of Europe.

Apply as a fall semester senior for funding during Senior Thesis project...

TREWARTHA UNDERGRADUATE HONORS RESEARCH GRANT

This grant enables Honors students to undertake more demanding and extensive Honors Thesis research projects than might otherwise be possible. Besides recognition of an excellent thesis proposal, grant recipients receive funds, averaging $1500.

Study Abroad and Conference Travel Funding

KURZ AND DIRECTORS' FUND STUDY ABROAD AWARDS

The Kurz and Directors’ Travel Grants award $1250 to eligible L&S Honors Program students participating in a UW-Madison academic study abroad program in the upcoming academic year. Students spending either one semester or one year abroad may apply.

BROMLEY CONFERENCE TRAVEL AWARD

Bromley Conference Travel Award grants (ranging from $250 to $500) are awarded based on a competitive application process to eligible L&S Honors students for presentation and/or attendance at regional or national professional conferences.

Community or University Service Project Funding

CYRENA PONDROM LEADERSHIP AWARD

This award provides up to two honors students each year with funds equal to two semesters of resident, full-time tuition, as well as up to $3000 of funding to help them implement their ideas.

Campus-Wide Funding Opportunities

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Research-related Undergraduate Academic Awards (Outside of Honors)

UW Student Job Board

Working as a student hourly in a research lab can be a great way to get experience in lab procedures while earning money. To find out about student hourly positions currently open, visit the UW Student Job Center.

  • You might have to start out by performing basic procedures and work up to research.
  • Not every job involves research—don’t assume.
  • Ask the supervisor about research possibilities—in your current job or one posted in the Job Center.