Research, Travel, and Study Abroad Grants

Enhance Your Education Grant

The Enhance Your Education (EYE) Grant offers University Honors students the opportunity to apply for up to $1,000 in funding to support travel, supplies, and other costs associated with the University Honors Capstone, study abroad programs, Honors-related research and artistry endeavors, and other appropriate educational activities. The EYE Grant form and rubric (posted below) must be printed off, completed and submitted by the appropriate deadline. 

EYE Grant Proposal Guidelines and Application

EYE Grant Rubric

Deadline: Students seeking to obtain funding for capstones or study abroad experiences should apply in the semester prior to the activity (before November 1 or April 1). Students seeking to obtain funding for other educational activities should apply in the semester of the activity (before October 1 or March 1).

Study Abroad Travel Grants

Study abroad opportunities are excellent ways to enrich your academic program, investigate personal interests, capitalize on research efforts, and develop a strong skill set for future career and academic ventures. Many University Honors students have participated in study abroad trips and can attest to the great experiences they have had. Please check this page on a later date to read about their study abroad trips! 

We are excited to announce the Summer Study Abroad Travel Grants exclusive for University Honors students! Please click on the following links to access each respective application and to learn about requirements, deadlines, etc. 

Summer 2015 Study Abroad Travel Grant
Deadline: APRIL 1, 2015

Have questions about studying abroad? The Study Abroad Office is a great campus resource where you can find detailed information about numerous destinations, schedule an appointment with a staff member to customize a trip, and more! For a list of additional study abroad scholarship resources, please visit:

Honors Council of the Illinois Region (HCIR) Margaret Messer Student Research Grant Application

Students enrolled in an honors program affiliated with the Honors Council of the Illinois Region (HCIR) are eligible to receive financial assistance for projects and presentations directly related to their honors study. Selection of proposals for funding depends upon the intrinsic merit of the proposal, feasibility of funding, and indication that the student will be successful in completing the project as proposed.

The funds may be used to defray the cost of commodities (supplies), equipment, travel, or services directly related to the undergraduate student research projects. Note: A detailed budget including rationale for each request is required as part of the application materials.

Applications should be submitted by September 13, 2013 to be considered for funding during the fall term or February 7, 2014 to be considered for funding during the spring term. All applications should be submitted electronically to Dr. Lisa Hedrick at Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The following links will provide the guidelines and the application:

HCIR Margaret Messer Student Research Grant Guidelines, Policies, and Application