Honors College International Research Grants

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At the Honors College, we recognize that in-depth research requires resources and sometimes a trek across the globe.

Through the Honors College International Research Grants, honors students can apply for funding to engage in full-time honors thesis research abroad. Students have researched diverse topics, including chocolate formulation in Belgium, public health in Uganda, sustainability in Switzerland, and microloans in Belize. 

The grant application is competitive, but worth the effort. With a supportive faculty mentor on campus and abroad, your thesis research could take you almost anywhere! 

To apply, in addition to your thorough proposal, you will need a strong nomination letter from your faculty research mentor at the U of A and from the research mentor at the partner institution abroad. 

The Honors College International Research Grants help support an international extension of your honors thesis research. 

These grants are not intended for students who want to start their first research experience abroad. They are for experienced researchers who have already begun their research on campus and will travel abroad for a significant period of time to enhance and extend this research.

The research experience is expected to be long-term and intensive. A 10-week experience is preferred, however, the research experience must be at least one month in-country. Students researching abroad for fewer than 30 days should apply for an Honors College Travel Grant instead.

Any international experience other than full-time research endeavors are not eligible for Honors College International Research Grant funding. Please see the main Honors College grants page to find opportunities for funding of other international experiences.

To be eligible to apply and receive funding, you must:

  • Be an honors student in good standing with the honors program in the college or school of major, including the minimum 3.500 cumulative GPA (3.330 minimum for architecture students after their 5th semester), at time of application and also at the time of distribution of the funds
  • Be an active Honors College member and an undergraduate at time of application and travel
  • Be an experienced researcher who has already completed a significant portion of your thesis research
  • Have your research mentor’s solid support and have a research mentor with the appropriate academic credentials at the host institution
  • Have a minimum of 6 completed honors credit hours taken at the University of Arkansas prior to application
  • Be engaged in intensive, full-time research with at least 10 weeks abroad preferred, but absolutely no fewer than 30 days abroad
  • Be conducting research in a country that is not on the US Department of State travel warning list 
  • Be free of academic integrity violations or violations of the Code of Student Life (Students found accountable for violations are not eligible to apply for or receive Honors College grants for at least one year after being sanctioned.)

Need to be abroad for just a short time? Students who need funding for research-related trips lasting fewer than 30 days should apply for the Honors College Travel Grant instead.

The amount awarded depends on many aspects, such as the quality of your proposal, the relevance and impact to your professional and research goals, the intensity of the research experience, the budget, personal safety issues, available funds and other relevant criteria. See award criteria for more information.

These grants are highly competitive and preference may be given to students on intensive research experiences, at least 10 weeks in duration. Preference may also be given to students with limited or no previous international experience. 

Typical funding for 10-week intensive research experiences includes:

  • A student research stipend to help pay for the travel costs and eligible living expenses:
    • Up to 50% of the eligible program costs, with a maximum of $5,000, for students who do not qualify for Pell Grants or Direct Stafford Subsidized Loans
    • Up to 65% of the eligible program costs for students who qualify for Direct Stafford SubsidizedLoans, with a maximum of $6,500
    • Up to 75% of the eligible program costs for students who qualify for Pell Grants, with a maximum of $7,500 
  • Note: The maximum amount may not be awarded for international research experiences shorter than 10 weeks or for non-intensive experiences.

Reviewers will consider the entire application, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Quality of your proposal
  • Academic relevance to your thesis research as well as your educational and professional goals
  • Academic rigor of the prior research and the proposed research
  • Importance of the international experience on the research
  • Strength of the mentor letters of support
  • Progress in and commitment to your honors program of study
  • Travel and living costs
  • Availability of grant funds
  • Your existing scholarships, financial aid, and other sources of available funding
  • Number of previous Honors College grants awarded -- preference may be given to students not previously funded or who have not been abroad
  • The Honors College takes your safety seriously. Therefore, we will not fund research-related travel in a country that has a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning.
  • You must be accepted by the host institution and your research mentor in the host country prior to application.
  • The U of A Study Abroad Office must approve the program and travel prior to funds being released. You must meet all of their deadlines and attend the orientation session(s) they recommend to receive funding.
  • You must enroll in credit hours. Your U of A research mentor must approve the courses you take and the number of hours in which you enroll.
  • You must meet the all federal, state and U of A research compliance requirements for your research abroad. Questions? Contact the Office of Research Compliance. 
  • Integrity and behavior: You must demonstrate the highest level of academic integrity and conduct both here and abroad. Violations will result in revocation of grant funds.  
  • You are responsible for any cancellation and late fees.
  • You cannot use Honors College funds for rental cars.

Student Application Deadlines

  • October 15, 2016, 4:00 p.m. for travel commencing in Summer 2017 or Fall 2017
  • March 15, 2017, 4:00 p.m. for travel commencing in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018

Remember: Only one international research grant application per academic year is allowed. 

Typically, funding decisions will be made within 4 business weeks after the application deadline.

Questions? Contact Chelsea Hodge at cew003@uark.edu or (479) 575-3127.


First step: The International Research Grant application process begins with a 1 to 2 page nomination letter from your thesis research mentor to the Honors College (honors@uark.edu). The nomination letter should provide information on the research involved, the host institution and the impact of the research abroad on the student and the faculty. Information should also be included on the host faculty member abroad who will be the on-site research mentor, including academic credentials related to the research.

Second step: Discuss the proposed international research experience with the Office of Study Abroad. Learn the next steps you will need to take to research abroad. The Honors College will not fund any international experiences not approved by the Office of Study Abroad.

Third Step: Prepare the following prior to completing the application form:

A single composite PDF document containing the following:

  • Student resume, highlighting your research work and academic endeavors (2 pages max)
  • U of A faculty research mentor vita (2 pages max)
  • Vita from your research mentor at the host institution abroad. Please ask the mentor to highlight their expertise in your research area (2 pages max)
  • Course(s) you will be enrolled in during the research experience
  • Research summary (1 page max)
  • Research proposal divided into three parts:
      • Research you have completed
      • Research you will complete between application and traveling abroad
      • Proposed research to be completed abroad
  • Research deliverables by the end of the project, such as reports, publication submissions, photography, art work, etc.
  • Reference page(s)
  • Transcript (unofficial or official)

Tell us why your research matters!

  • 3-5 sentences maximum.
  • Use language that a general audience can understand.
  • Think big picture!

Contact information for your U of A research mentor and for your host research mentor abroad 

To convert Word documents into PDF format:

  • You can select "save as" from the File menu, then select PDF format.
  • Or you may download software to convert text files to PDF.

Not sure how to create a single PDF from multiple files?

  • You can work within Adobe to combine multiple files (go to File, then Create, then Combine Files Into Single PDF).
  • Or you can print and scan all of your documents to create a single PDF.

The maximum size for a single file upload is 10 MB. You can upload a maximum of 20 MB for the entire form..


Final step: Complete and submit the online International Research Grant Application form.

Typically, funding decisions will be made within 4 business weeks after the application deadline.

Questions?  Contact Chelsea Hodge at cew003@uark.edu or (479) 575-3127.

Congratulations — you got the grant! Here are the important next steps:

Step 1


You must complete and submit the online grant acceptance form within 2 weeks of being notified of your award.

Step 2

Await Approval:

The Honors College will send your project to the Office of Research Compliance to confirm that all federal, state and university policies have been met.

Step 3

Get Your Grant Funds:

Funds will be deposited in your UAConnect account a few weeks before your trip (as soon as possible after the previous term's grades are in) - provided you have RSVP'd and your project has been approved.*

Step 4

Share your Experience:

At the end of each semester, update us on your progress with a blog post and photo. You must submit a report upon completion of the grant. For more info visit the Research Grant Documentation page.

Step 5

Give Credit for your Grant:

If you present grant-supported research at a conference or meeting, or publish your own work, you must credit your Honors College grant.

*Important UAConnect tips:

If you owe the university money, they will use your grant funds to cover those costs. So pay those parking tickets and any other outstanding fees before the start of your grant period!

Want your money faster? Set up direct deposit through UAConnect: UAConnect > Student Center > Finances > Direct Deposit Setup.

Have your banking information handy before you start.

Congratulations! What’s next?

Follow the timeline above, step by step, and read, and then reread, all of the information below:

To accept your grant, please complete and submit the International Research Grant RSVP and Deferral Request form.

The form will guide you through the process. You need to complete this form within 2 weeks of being notified of your award, so that we will hold your funds for you. Your mentor will receive a separate email notification about the mentor acceptance form that he/she needs to compete. Mentors may access their form, and important information on the mentor grant information page.

  • You must complete grant acceptance forms before your stipend funds can be distributed.
  • The Honors College will submit your project to the Office of Research Compliance to ensure that you have met all of the federal, state and university policies for your project.
  • Once the paperwork noted above is completed, your stipend funds will be deposited in your UAConnect account on a monthly basis, beginning the first month of your research grant period.
  • Your faculty mentor will also receive $1,000 in a mentor account for guiding you through the research process.
  • When accepting this award, you agree to share your research experiences through our Honors College blog at least once per semester, with a photo. You also agree to complete a report submitted within two weeks of the grant period ending date. Visit Research Grant Documentation for more details on blogging and reporting.
  • In the event that you present your grant-supported research at a conference or meeting, or publish your work, you must acknowledge Honors College support. See Credit Your Grant for more details.
  • You must agree to all conditions of the grant.
  • The Honors College International Research Grant can only be used for the research project in the funded proposal.
  • To qualify for funding, you must be an active member in good standing with the Honors College, have completed 6 hours of honors courses on this campus, and have every intention of completing the honors program.
  • Significant research timeline deferrals or extensions or changes in your research project must be approved by the faculty mentor and the Honors College.
  • Funds cannot be disbursed until all research compliance requirements have been met and the Honors College is notified of such.
  • Funds will be applied toward your UAConnect account and will be released only if there is no outstanding balance (i.e. U of A charges for tuition/fees, library/DPS fines, Health Center charges, etc.) at the university.
  • Funding will be terminated if you discontinue the project at any time, drop below full-time status, drop out of the Honors College or do not meet the research mentor's expectations.
  • You must file at least one Honors-College-approved blog entry and digital photograph of yourself within two weeks after the end of each funded semester. 
  • You must submit a 3-5 page written report within one month after the end of the grant period. 
  • Report, blog(s), and photo(s) must conform to the formats and submission directions provided on the Research Grant Documentation page of this website.
  • Do not put confidential information or export controlled information in reports or blogs.
  • You must consent to and authorize the use of and reproduction by the University of Arkansas, of any and all descriptions, photographs or other documents related to the funded research, for educational and promotional purposes.
  • You must uphold the highest standards of academic integrity and student conduct, which are expected of all honors students.
  • You must have every intention of completing the honors program, and will do so to the best of your ability.

Questions? Contact Chelsea Hodge at cew003@uark.edu or 479-575-3127.