Funding Your Capstone

Do you have a great project idea but need funding to make it happen?


Honors supports a select number of Capstone Projects with Crown, Lynne Parker, and Wise-Marcus 50-Year Friendship Awards. Each year we fund approximately 20 projects with up to $5,000 per project.

Funding can make additional research opportunities, materials, or travel available to you, helping you produce an even more impressive final project. Additionally, it’s a valuable professional experience: learning to create a budget and argue on behalf of your project prepares you for future grant writing and application processes.

Here’s what we’ll fund:
  • reimbursement for research materials, supplies and expenses
  • research travel
  • other necessary and reasonable expenses
  • in unusual cases, students may be awarded summer wages to work on the project.

In some cases we’ll reimburse you for expenditures that you’ve already incurred. Eligible students include Honors juniors and seniors currently working on Capstone Projects. Occasionally, sophomores who are planning Capstone Projects will also be considered. A single application applies to the Crown, Parker, and Wise-Marcus Awards. Additionally, you must be in good standing in Honors (GPA of 3.4, or 3.2 in Architecture). Your project must have been approved by your faculty Capstone Advisor.

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Eligible students must have a Capstone Proposal approved by both the Honors Program and their Capstone Advisor. Discuss your Capstone financial needs with your Capstone Advisor and work with your Advisor on drafting your application.  Click here to access the application.

  • Juniors: Apply in February, once you have a project started. We’ll have a workshop in December to help you prepare your application.
  • Seniors: Some students only discover a need for funds the summer before senior year (maybe they were abroad in spring?), so we have a second round for seniors in the fall. That deadline is in early October.
Maybe you only need a couple hundred dollars?

Maybe you don’t need a full award, but you have legitimate minor expenses. You can request funding for that: any Capstone student may obtain up to $200 from Honors to defray appropriate project costs. This can include publication costs, mileage reimbursement, and minor travel expenses, or equipment rental costs. You submit a brief description via email, of how much money is needed and for what, to your Capstone Coordinator. Once the request is approved, you submit receipts for expenditures to Samir Malovic in Honors (the University will not reimburse without receipts!) and we process your reimbursement. The process takes a few weeks to complete.