Study Abroad Grants

October 2021 Update: The Honors Program’s study abroad awards will be available again in spring semester 2022 (and NOT in fall semester 2021). Applications can be submitted in advance of study abroad or for funding of previous travel if student is studying abroad in Academic Year 2021-22.

The L&S Honors Program awards 4-6 study abroad grants each spring, with students receiving grants funded either by Thomas and Debra Kurz or a group of former faculty directors of the Honors Program. Students only need to fill out the Honors study abroad application (information below) to be considered for each award.

What are the Kurz and Directors’ Travel Grants?

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

  • Progress towards completing your Honors in the Liberal Arts, Honors in the Major or Comprehensive Honors degree(s)
  • Strength of statement of financial need
  • Strength of essay submitted in conjunction with application

What is the application process?

The following materials must be submitted to the L&S Honors Program office as a packet:

  • The application form, available from the Honors Program office in spring semester
  • The required written essay
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a faculty member
  • Your UW-Madison student transcript (unofficial or official)

When is the application due? 

Monday, April 27, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.

Please email your materials to Your letter of recommendation can be sent separately to

(The application deadline usually falls in mid- to late-April. Please refer to Honors On-Line for details in the spring semester.)

Award status notifications will be mailed to applicants within three to four weeks of the application deadline.

If you have additional questions about the Kurz or Directors’ Travel Awards, please contact the Honors Program office at (608) 262-2984 or e-mail