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

Introductory Research Experience

Welton Summer Sophomore Research Apprenticeship Grant

This grant, awarded to 20-30 students each summer, provides a stipend so students can accept what would otherwise be an unpaid research experience. Through the Welton Apprenticeship Program, named in honor of Pat and Annette Welton, the major donors to the program, undergraduates pursue an introductory research experience in one of their areas of interest. The ultimate purpose of the grant is to allow talented students to learn what research is as well as how it is conducted within a discipline. Apprentices gain valuable opportunities to develop research skills and explore the research process while working under the guidance of a UW researcher.

Senior Honors Thesis Research Support

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

Honors Summer Senior Thesis Research Grant

This award helps students with research-related expenses, including travel costs, by providing stipends of up to $3000.

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. The award provides a stipend of up to $3500.

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

Trewartha Undergraduate Honors Research Grant

This award (averaging $1500) helps students with research-related expenses, including travel costs.

Mark Mensink Honors Research Grant

This is the Honors Program’s most prestigious senior thesis award, recognizing the most distinguished senior thesis proposal submitted to the program each fall. (All applicants to the Trewartha Grant will be considered for the Mensink Grant.)

Funding for Study Abroad and Research-Related Travel 

Kurz and Directors’ Fund Study Abroad Awards

These awards support honors students studying abroad on an official semester or year-long UW program.

Bromley Conference Travel Award

This award support honors students travelling to present their findings at research conferences.

Community or University Service Project Funding

Leadership Trust Award

Do you have a project idea designed to improve UW-Madison, the community and/or the university student body? This award provides two honors students each year with funds equal to two semesters of resident, full-time tuition, as well as some extra money to help them implement their ideas.