Honors College Travel Grants

You've been invited to present your research at a conference in New York City but your no-frills, mac-and-cheese budget won't cover the airfare, much less the conference registration fee.

We can help! The Honors College competitively awards travel grants to honors students. You can request travel funds to:

  • Present a paper, serve on a panel, present a poster or make another type of official presentation at a conference, workshop or symposium
  • Participate actively in a workshop or symposium related to your research
  • Perform undergraduate research, such as a site visit, research in an archive, data collection or other travel purpose associated with your research activity
  • You must be an honors student in good standing with the honors program in the college or school of major, including the minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA (3.330 minimum for architecture students after their 5th semester).
  • You must be an active Honors College member and an undergraduate at time of application.
  • You must have a minimum of 6 completed honors credit hours taken at the University of Arkansas prior to application. (Note: Some exceptions may be made for transfer students with more than 60 hours from their transfer institution. Contact your honors program director to discuss.)
  • You must be enrolled as a regular full-time student in a course of study during the academic year.
  • Students found responsible for academic integrity violations or violations of the Code of Student Life are not eligible to apply for or receive Honors College grants for at least one year after being sanctioned.

Amounts vary depending on the type of travel, the relevance and impact to your professional and research goals, and the quality of your proposal.

These grants are highly competitive and preference may be given to students with limited or no previous research travel experience and students with current research grants.

Typical funding:

  • Domestic travel: up to $1,000
  • International travel: $500 to $1,500
  • Travel grant proposals are due on the first day of each month.
  • Travel grant proposals will be reviewed and decided on a monthly basis.
  • Apply as soon as you know that you need to travel!

Important tip: Be sure to submit your proposal well in advance of your intended travel. For example, if you plan to attend a conference in July, apply for the travel grant in March or April, if possible, and no later than June 1.

If you apply after June 1 for a July conference, your application will not be considered, because there is not enough time to review, award, and process funding.*

*Some exceptions may apply here –– for example, if your paper is accepted after the deadline. Contact Chelsea Hodge at cew003@uark.edu for more information.

Reviewers will consider:

  • Quality of your proposal
  • Strength of your mentor letter of support
  • Your existing scholarships, financial aid, and other outside source funding that can be applied to the travel
  • Academic relevance to your research, educational and professional goals
  • Your progress in and commitment to your honors program of study
  • Travel cost
  • Amount of funding requested
  • Availability of funds
  • Impact of travel – must be significantly higher than any previously funded travel
  • Number of previous Honors College grants awarded - preference may be given to students not funded before

Important things you need to know:

  • Please note that the Honors College will not fund research-related travel in a country that has a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning.
  • If you are presenting your work at a conference, your presentation must already be accepted by the conference before you apply for a travel grant.
  • You are expected to leverage all of your other sources of funding, such as SURF grant travel funds, scholarships and fellowship funds and any college or departmental funds, if available.
  • You must take advantage of student discounts for conferences or workshops.
  • You cannot use Honors College funds for rental cars. You can use your own car or public transportation (taxi, train, plane, bus, etc.).

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

Required Application Materials
Prepare the following items, which must be submitted using the Travel Grant application form by the appropriate deadline.

Your resume should be a succinct, compelling outline of your experience and academic work.

  • 2 pages maximum.
  • Education: Cumulative GPA, degree plan, number of honors hours and total number of hours completed, and class standing (sophomore, junior, senior).
  • Research Experience: lab experience, presentations, posters, publications of any kind, projects underway.
  • Honors & Awards: scholarships, previous grant funding, other honors.
  • Relevant Experience: leadership experience, community service, work experience, significant hobbies.
  • We recommend that you review the online resume resources provided by the Career Development Center.
  • Ask someone in the Career Development Center to review your resumebefore you submit it.
  • 600 words maximum.
  • Thoroughly describe the purpose of and justification for your intended travel, including your role, and the relevance and impact of this travel on your academics, research and professional goals.

Prepare a daily itinerary, including

  • Dates of travel
  • Note your activities for each day

Using the Honors College Proposed Travel Budget Form, prepare a travel budget that includes:

  • Total cost of transportation
  • Meals
  • Lodging
  • Registration fees
  • Publishing and abstract fees
  • Any other relevant costs

Prepare a list of other funding sources that you have to help pay for the travel, including:

  • SURF or Honors College Research Grant
  • Fellowship or scholarship funds
  • Departmental or college funds
  • Mentor funds
  • Personal funds
  • Other sources of funding that may be available

You will include this list on the budget form.

Tell us why your research matters!

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

If you are attending a conference, workshop or other professional meeting, be ready to submit the following:

  • Official name of the meeting
  • Organizing body or professional society sponsoring the meeting
  • Accepted abstract
  • Co-presenters? Please list them
  • Internet address (URL) of the official web site or web pages for the meeting

If you are traveling for research that is not associated with a conference, workshop or other professional meeting, be ready to submit the following:

  • URL of the web site associated with your destination. For example, if you are going to study a collection of rare artifacts at the Smithsonian Institution, you will submit the URL for the Smithsonian web site or, if possible, the web site or web page for that particular collection at the Smithsonian.
  • Locations of specific research activities
  • Request a letter of support from your research faculty mentor. Let your mentor know that s/he will receive an email from honors@uark.edu with instructions on how to submit their recommendation letter, once you have submitted the form.
  • The form will ask you to provide the name, title and email addresses of the faculty member mentoring your research.

Important Tips:

  • Contact your mentor early - these letters are important and require information about you, your research and your proposed travel.
  • Refer your mentor to Recommendation Guidelines.
  • Provide the name and email address of the head of your department. Your department is that of your primary major. Let your department head know that s/he will receive an email from honors@uark.edu asking if s/he approves of your proposed travel. Your travel plans must be approved by your department for you to be awarded funding.

Prepare a single document in PDF format that includes, in this order:

  • Academic Resume
  • Current Transcript
  • Travel Grant Essay
  • Daily Itinerary

Tips on Creating Your PDF

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.

The online form will prompt you to upload your budget form and enter the following information:

  • Research significance
  • Travel information
  • Mentor contact information

Fill out the online Travel Grant Application form.

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

Congratulations! The Honors College Travel Grant will help you conduct your research and share your findings with other professionals in your field.

What’s next?

  1. To accept your grant, please complete and submit the Travel Grant RSVP form.
  2. Visit the Student Travel Information web page and read the Student Travel Checklist and Policy, then fill out the following forms:
    Student Travel Notification Form. Submit to the Dean of Students, ADMN 325.
    Student Information Request Form. You will need three copies; submit one copy to your faculty mentor, one copy to the Dean of Students, ADMN 325, and one copy to the dean of your college of enrollment (Fulbright College, Walton College, etc.)
  3. If you will be driving, fill out an Authorization to Operate Motor Vehicle Form and take to Risk Management, ADMN 321, at least 7 days prior to the trip to allow time for checking driver records. You will also need to watch the driver safety video (required) in Room A665 of the Arkansas Union (above the Computer Lab in the Office of Student Activities).
  4. Submit your Travel Grant Documentation after you return from travel. Funds will be posted to your UAConnect account when we receive your documentation.