Trewartha Undergraduate Honors Research Grant

2021 Trewartha Information:

Deadline: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 11:59 pm Central Time at, available Friday, September 24

Information Sessions (click the session’s link for location information):

Thursday, September 23, 3 – 4 pm (Zoom)

Friday, September 24, 12 – 1 pm (In-person)

If you can only attend for part of the session, feel free to join late or leave early.

What is the Trewartha Undergraduate Honors Research Grant?

This grant enables honors students to undertake more demanding and extensive honors senior thesis research projects than might otherwise be possible. Besides recognition of an excellent thesis proposal, grant recipients receive funds (averaging $1500) to cover the expendable supplies, travel expenses and related costs needed to complete the research. These resources may enable students to travel to archives or research sites, or to initiate other research activities that require special funding. 12-16 Trewartha grants are awarded each year. All students who receive a Trewartha grant will be asked to submit a copy of their completed thesis to the L&S Honors Program, where it will be bound and preserved in the Washburn Observatory library.

Who is eligible to apply?

You can apply for a Trewartha grant if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are a currently enrolled L&S Honors Student (HLA, HM, or Comprehensive Honors) who plans to graduate with the Honors in the Liberal Arts, Honors in the Major, or Comprehensive Honors degree in May of the current academic year or earlier.
  • Your cumulative GPA is at least 3.0 (Most awardees have GPAs of 3.3 or higher)
  • You are enrolled in a minimum of three (3) credits of Senior Honor Thesis Directed Study (usually 681 or 682) in your major department

Please note that in most cases you may not receive a Trewartha grant for your research if your thesis has been or will be supported by another university undergraduate research grant for the same research over the same time period (e.g., the Hilldale Undergraduate Fellowship or the Hughes Grant).

How are recipients chosen?

Trewartha grant recipients are chosen by members of the L&S Faculty Honors Committee. They will evaluate your application based on the following:

  • Strength of academic record
  • Progress towards completing your Honors degree(s)
  • Strength, rigor and clarity of your proposal and of the Honors Senior Thesis research project to be funded
  • A clearly defined and justifiable budget

What is the application process?

The following materials must be submitted online through

  • The application form, available through The scholarship system should match students to the scholarship, but every year some eligible students do not match correctly. Contact Matt Kohlstedt to be manually added to the scholarship application if you think you are eligible.
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from your Honors Senior Thesis advisor to support your application. You will be prompted in the application to fill out your advisor’s contact information, and a link will automatically be sent to him/her to complete the recommendation through the system. The deadline for the letter of recommendation is the same as for the student application, so please notify your advisor as soon as possible that you will be requesting a letter of recommendation.
  • Your UW-Madison student transcript (submit a current official or unofficial transcript as an attachment through

When is the application due?

The application deadline is in late October each academic year.

Award status notifications will be e-mailed to applicants within 3-5 weeks of the application deadline.

If you have additional questions about the Trewartha award, please contact the Honors Program office at (608) 262-2984 or e-mail