Instructions for Application Materials

Please read and follow these carefully!

Along with our online form, there are supplemental materials that need to be submitted in order for your funding application to be complete. We've included instructions for each item below. Each item also has a specific guideline for how it can be submitted.

I.  Proposal Narrative and Timeline

In 3-5 pages, describe your project and why you need the funds from this award to advance it. Describe in some detail what you would use the funds to do, and why that is necessary for the success of your project. Do not assume that committee members have read your Thesis Proposal! Make the full case here for your project and why it should be funded. Include as a separate document a well-thought out timeline of your project's method/scope, objectives and milestones.  This should be a MS Word document that is uploaded separately.

II. Advisor Recommendation Letter

Include a recommendation from your Thesis faculty advisor (show him or her a copy of your essay from #1, above). Be sure to request this in advance. You don’t ever want to request a recommendation on short notice. The recommendation should be sealed and addressed to the “Honors Crown Awards Committee.” This letter should assess your academic skills and talents, discuss your work ethic, your preparedness for this project and your dedication, and include an assessment of the value of your project and the likelihood of success if funded, along with other pertinent content.  You may either 1) have a sealed, signed copy hand delivered to the Honors office in 306 Bowne or 2) ask your advisor to email the letter directly to Naomi Shanguhyia, 

III. Proposed Budget, Including Grand Total

(Have your Thesis project advisor review this before you submit it.)
You should use this Excel worksheet to prepare your budget.  This should be submitted as an attachment to your online application.

The worksheet includes many of the categories applicants typically use; your budget is likely to include some of these items, but not others. Feel free to modify this format to suit your project, or create your own format for a budget that clearly states your needs – that’s the point. Whatever format you use, your budget should contain appropriate subtotals under each category, and a “grand total” at the bottom.

Here are some guidelines to bear in mind:

  • Include all relevant dates: of travel, of stipend support, etc.
  • “Notes” allows you to include any relevant explanations. If the item is self-explanatory, leave “Notes” blank.
  • Research Stipend: If you are requesting a research stipend for room, board, and utilities in Syracuse during the summer while you pursue your research, here are the amounts we allow:
    • Rent: up to $360/month
    • Food: up to $105/week
    • Utilities: up to $100/month
  • Travel funding: If you are requesting travel funding, the amounts will vary depending upon where you are going. Research what the appropriate amounts would be by searching for your proposed travel dates on Kayak, Travelocity, or the airline. You should similarly research hotel and other travel costs so your budget is as accurate as possible.
  • Please note: Non-consumable items (cameras, equipment, etc.) must be returned to the Honors Program at the completion of your project for use by future students.
  • Contact us if you have any questions.