Study Abroad Grants

The L&S Honors Program awards study abroad grants each year, with students receiving grants funded either by Thomas and Debra Kurz or the Chuck Snowden Honors Directors’ Fund. Grants are awarded in two cycles, once in the fall and once in the spring. Please review the information below to determine the applicable application cycle.

  • Fall 2023 Cycle
    • Study abroad programs running during the Spring 2024 semester or the 2024 Calendar Year (January to December)
    • Applications due Friday, September 29, 2023
  • Spring 2024 Cycle
    • Study abroad programs running during the Summer 2024 term, Fall 2024 semester, or the 2024-2025 Academic Year (September to June)
    • Applications due Friday, March 8, 2024

What are the Kurz and Chuck Snowden Honors Directors’ Travel Grants?

These grants award $1250 to eligible L&S Honors Program students participating in a UW-Madison academic study abroad program.  Students spending either one semester or one year abroad may apply for this award, although preference is given to those participating in year-long study abroad programs.

Who is eligible to apply? 

You can apply for a Kurz / Chuck Snowden Honors Directors’ Travel Grant if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are a currently enrolled L&S Honors Student (HLA, HM or Comprehensive Honors)
  • Your cumulative GPA is at least 3.3 (students with GPAs under 3.3 can still apply, although awarding can take GPA into account as a criterion)
  • You will participate in a summer, semester- or year-long UW-Madison academic study abroad program during the upcoming academic year.

How are recipients chosen?

Kurz and Chuck Snowden Honors Directors’ Travel Grant recipients are selected by members of the L&S Faculty Honors Committee. They will evaluate your application based on the following:

  • Duration of abroad experience
  • Strength of statement of benefit and relationship to Honors
  • Strength of statement of financial need
  • Cumulative GPA

What is the application process?

Please complete the Kurz and Directors’ Fund Study Abroad Grant application on WiSH.

When is the next application due? 

Fall 2023 applications are due Friday, September 29 at 11:59 pm. Students completing the application by this deadline must be participating in a study abroad program scheduled for one of the following sessions:

  • Spring 2024
  • Calendar Year 2024 (January-December)

If you have additional questions about the Kurz or Directors’ Travel Awards, please contact the Honors Program office at