Honors College Research Grants

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The Honors College Research Grant is designed to support your scholastic, creative, and experiential honors research projects. You can use a Research Grant stipend to purchase research materials, fund travel required by your research, compensate volunteers for your study, or as financial support for the time you spend doing research.

If you need to travel a great deal to complete your grant-funded research, consider applying for the Short Term Research Travel Grant, Extended Research Travel Grant, or the International Internship Grant!


  • You must be an honors student in good standing with the honors program in the college or school of major, including the 3.50 cumulative GPA (3.330 minimum for architecture students after their 5th semester). This includes having the minimum GPA at time of application, award, and departure.
  • You must be an active Honors College member.
  • 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 Dr. Jennie Popp at jhpopp@uark.edu to discuss.)
  • You must be enrolled as a regular full-time student during the grant period. Online courses do not count toward full-time status.
  • 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.

Student stipend: These stipends are $1,250 for a one-semester project and $2,500 for a multiple-semester project and are given to support research begun and completed during the grant period. Awards will vary depending on the number of semesters in the grant period.

Mentor Stipend: Faculty mentors receive $1,000 in a mentor account for guiding the student through the research process and for materials (research equipment, books, copying, etc.)

Cost of Attendance Limit: If your current financial aid/scholarship package has already met your cost of attendance, you will not be able to receive research grant funds. An exception/adjustment may be possible for materials and travel funds if needed and detailed in your proposal budget.

If you have questions about this policy, please contact Chelsea Hodge at cew003@uark.edu.


Student Application Deadlines

Fall 2019

For funding in Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and/or Fall 2020.
Honors students wanting to be considered for an Honors College Research Grant in the fall must submit an application for a SURF grant, which will be due in October. If the proposal is not awarded a SURF grant, it will automatically be considered for an Honors College Research Grant. Please visit the SURF Grant page for more details.

Spring 2020

For funding in Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and/or Spring 2021.
Students must submit their application by March 15 at 11:59 p.m.
Faculty must submit letters of recommendation by March 20.

Summer 2020

For funding in Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021.
Students must submit their application by June 15 at 11:59 p.m.
Faculty must submit letters of recommendation by June 20.


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

In the fall:

All eligible students must apply for a SURF Grant. Honors College applicants not awarded SURF grants will automatically be considered for an Honors College Research Grant.

In the spring or summer:

Prepare the Required Application Materials detailed below, and fill out the online Research Grant Application form.

Important Tip for international students: You are not eligible for SURF funding, but you may apply for an Honors College Research Grant in the fall. Assemble the same materials and meet the same deadline as SURF applicants. Your application will automatically be considered for an Honors College Research Grant. You need only submit one copy of the packet.

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

  • 2 pages maximum.
  • The mentor CV should include the following information:
    • Name, department, institution
    • Brief statement of research/scholarly interests
    • List of recent publications
    • List of undergraduate advisees and undergraduate projects directed (limit to last 5 years)
    • Other relevant information (as space allows)

Important tip: Contact your mentor early (at least a month ahead) so that s/he has time to update and summarize his/her vita.

Prepare a resume following the formatting guidelines or your discipline and/or college. Your resume should be a succinct, compelling outline of your experience and academic work. 

  • 2 pages maximum.

Include these components:

  • Honors College status: It is vital that you prominently mention that you are a member of the Honors College in the education section. You should also list any relevant or particularly impactful honors coursework. If you have been awarded Honors College funding, such as a fellowship or study abroad grant, you should list these in the appropriate sections of your resume.
  • Education: GPA, degree plan, number of honors hours and total number of hours completed, and class standing (sophomore, junior, senior). Be sure to include your status as a member of the Honors College and/or as an Honors College Fellow in this section.
  • 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 resume before you submit it.

Tell us why your research matters!

  • 3 sentences maximum.
  • Use language that a general audience can understand.
  • Think big picture!
  • 1 page maximum.
  • The first paragraph should convey the scope of the project and why your research matters.
  • Be sure that the summary is comprehensible to the general campus community.
  • 5 pages maximum.
  • Craft a well-written, carefully documented research proposal that shows you know something about your field and project. Be sure to answer the following questions:
    • Is the proposed research/scholarly activity of value to your field of study? How (and why)?
    • Is the project of sufficient difficulty to challenge you?
    • Will the project teach you skills that are transferable to other research endeavors/scholarly activities?
  • Address the feasibility of the project (i.e., is the project reasonable for you to pursue with available facilities?)
  • Include a detailed monthly timeline for the project. Your timeline should start with the grant period funded; for example, if you are applying in the spring, the timeline should start in the following summer or fall, whenever your work begins. Work done prior to the upcoming grant period cannot be funded.
  • 1 or more pages.
  • Cite every source you reference in your proposal!
  • Use the style guidelines preferred by your specific discipline (ask your mentor if you’re unsure).
  • Discuss with your mentor whether you will use any portion of the student stipend for research costs. In most cases, any research costs will be covered by the mentor funds.
  • After you and your mentor have decided how funds will be used, print and fill out the Honors College Research Grant Budget Form. You will upload this document with your other application materials.
  • Request a letter of recommendation from the faculty member mentoring your research and one other faculty member who will support your work.
  • Let these faculty members know that they 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.
  • If your professor would like to submit their letter early, they can do so at this link: Research Grant Recommendation Letter. They will still receive the automated email, but they can ignore it if they've already submitted the letter.

Important Tips:

  • Request letters from University of Arkansas faculty members only.
  • Contact faculty early - these letters are important and require information about you and your proposed research project.
  • Letters of recommendation are due five days after the student application deadline. For the Spring 2019 deadline, the letters are due March 20.
  • Refer faculty members to Recommendation Guidelines

Prepare your materials for submission as follows:

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

  • Mentor’s Curriculum Vitae
  • Student Resume
  • Project Summary
  • Description of Proposed Research
  • Reference Page(s)
  • Budget Form
  • Current Transcript

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 provide

  • The Statement on Significance of Your Research
  • The names, titles and email addresses of your faculty mentor and the other faculty member who will write letters of recommendation.


Fill out the online Research Grant Application form.

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 on a monthly basis, beginning with the first month of your research grant period - provided you and your mentor have RSVP'd and your project has been approved.*

Step 4


If you need to travel to an archive, site or conference, you may apply for an Honors College Travel Grant.

Step 5

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 6

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! The Honors College Research Grant will help you get the work done –– and it’s a major plus for your resume.

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 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 complete. 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. 
  • You must agree to all conditions of the grant.
  • You must be enrolled full time in the semester that you expect to receive your research funds.
  • 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. You must complete any research protocols and attain approvals specific to this project before the grant funds will be posted. If you have questions about this process, contact Dr. Jennie Popp at jhpopp@uark.edu.
  • Once your protocols and other requirements have been completed, the relevant research compliance officer will notify the Honors College of your clearance. Once the paperwork and compliance are completed, your stipend funds will be deposited in your UAConnect account on a monthly basis, beginning in the month the Honors College receives all approvals and continuing through the end of the semester.
  • Important: 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.
  • Your faculty member will also receive $1,000 in a mentor account for guiding you through the research process.
  • 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.
  • Do you need funds to travel to either gather your data or present your results? You may qualify for an Honors College Short Term Research Travel Grant or a Conference/Workshop Travel Grant.
  • The Honors College Research Grant can only be used for the research project in the funded proposal.
  • To receive funding, you must, in the semester when funded, be an active member in good standing with the Honors College, including maintaining the 3.5 cumulative GPA (3.33 for Architecture students after their fifth semester).
  • Significant research timeline deferrals or extensions or changes in your research project must be approved by the faculty mentor and the Honors College.
  • 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. Failure to submit the documentation materials will result in your grant funds being revoked.
  • 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. 

In the research community, it's important to acknowledge your grant support: it speaks to the value of your research, and gives credit where credit is due. Visit the Credit Your Grant website for instructions on how to credit the Honors College for the research support you are receiving.