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LSA Honors Grants for Research, Travel, and Special Projects


Supplementary funding for Honors students’ activities is made possible by generous donations from our alumni and supporters. Funding is available to Honors students to support research, presentations at professional conferences, domestic and international travel, and special projects compatible with Honors Core values and academic objectives. Priority is given to thesis-related activities.

London area study abroad programs are eligible for the Benedek Scholarship. Students are not permitted to receive a Benedek Scholarship and an Honors Research & Travel Grant in the same academic year.

Student travel is subject to university policies (see Global Michigan website). See the Requirements for international travel funding section below.


Eligibility:  Current Honors students in good standing with the LSA Honors Program.

Timeline:  Coordinate the time frame of your request with the timing of the grant cycle, i.e., requests for funding needed for late winter or summer should be made during the winter grant cycle.

Fall Cycle: Applications open the first Monday of October and close the first Monday of November.

Winter Cycle: Applications open the first Monday of February and close the first Monday of March.

How:  Access the application form from a Umich email account by clicking on the picture above during open grant cycles. 

Applicants should be prepared to submit:

  • A brief description of your request (200 words or less).
  • Itemized budget of request
  • Other sources of funding to which you have applied, noting the amount and whether these have already been confirmed. 
  • A statement about your level of participation in the LSA Honors Program (200 words or less).
**To update a submitted form while the grant cycle is open, access the application by clicking  Edit your response on the form submission confirmation page or in the email confirmation, make the necessary changes, and resubmit.

Eligible Expenses

Our top priorities are to support thesis-related research and travel. Additional proposals, compatible with Honors Core values and academic objectives, will be considered based on available funding. 

For planning purposes, each application for conference presentation travel is individually considered, however, the typical grant amount is $300. Students must be presenters at a conference to qualify for a grant for conference travel. Those who have submitted to a conference but have not yet been notified of presentation acceptance are encouraged to apply. If the grant request is approved, a provisional grant will be awarded until acceptance is confirmed.

  • Airfare
  • Lodging
  • Per diem
  • Conference registration fees 
  • We will consider requests under $100 for software if it is integral to research and it is not available on the public domain.
  • Applications for inducements for research subjects will be evaluated. IRB approval, if required, should be obtained or in process. If funding is granted, the student will submit their proposal to the Human Subjects Incentives Program where it will be reviewed. If approved, the project will be funded by Honors through the HSIP.
  • Personal property or equipment that will outlast the research project (e.g. books, cameras, recording devices, or computers) can be included in your request, but will receive a higher level of scrutiny. Applicants should do due diligence investigating whether these items can be borrowed from a U-M unit (e.g. library, LSA IT). If included, the request should include a brief explanation of why the items cannot be borrowed from a U-M unit.

Ineligible Expenses

  • Requests for software that is available through existing U-M licenses or is in the public domain 
  • Standard lab materials/expenses already covered by lab/faculty grants
  • Printing costs for posters or other materials
  • U-M program tuition 
  • CGIS program fees (although travel funding in support of CGIS trips is eligible). London area study abroad programs are eligible for the Benedek Scholarship. For summer internships, please view the application criteria for the Samo Alajbegović Fellowship.
  • Money for living expenses in Ann Arbor in support of summer research. Eligible students should apply to the Honors Summer Fellows program.

Ineligible expenses may not be included in your amount requested from Honors, but may be included in the itemized budget on the application to give the committee an idea of your overall expenses.

Requirements for international travel funding

Any student who receives funding from a U-M unit for their travel abroad must follow the directives of the U-M International Travel Policy and the specified guidelines regarding U-M Travel Warning and Restriction locations. Please visit Global Michigan to check the current travel designation for the destination country. Approval MUST be received from The International Oversight Committee (ITOC) prior to departure to a destination on the U-M Travel Warning or medium risk list. Travel to a restricted or high risk destination is prohibited for undergraduate students. Steps for completing requirements are outlined in the Flowchart for Travel and Safety Plans.

If an Honors grant is awarded to a student for eligible international travel, the Honors Program will not disburse funding until the following conditions have been met by the student. They must:

  1. Register their travel in the U-M Travel Registry
  2. Purchase mandatory International (GeoBlue) Travel Health Insurance
  3. Complete the "Trip Emergency Contact & How to Find Me" Questionnaire in MCompass
  4. Have a Safety Plan approved before departure if traveling to a U-M Travel Warning destination. The Safety Plan must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to departure. The U-M safety plan process is designed to help U-M students traveling internationally to develop strategies to mitigate health, safety, and security risks while in higher risk locations. Safety plans prepare travelers for their destination by making them aware of potential risks they may face and create strategies to handle such risks. 
  5. Complete any additional requirements pertaining to the destination country

The LSA Travel office will notify us that the requirements have been completed.

For travel registration and useful online travel resources, please visit the LSA International Travel website.


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