Funding & Support 

Funding is a critical factor in determining whether students can achieve their educational goals. The Honors Program grants financial awards to support a broad range of academic and professional goals. These include faculty-led and independent undergraduate research, study and work abroad, unpaid internships, creative projects and other academic activities. These awards provide opportunities for students to engage in research from their first semester to graduation. We encourage students to meet with program staff as first year students, to begin to learn about and apply for these funding opportunities early in their academic careers.


Development Grants

About Development Grants

Honors Development Grants provide one-time funding of up to $500.00 to Honors students in good standing, to defray the costs of participating in academic conferences, professional development activities and study abroad programs. Awards are intended to partially reimburse transportation, lodging, registration and meal expenses.


For research, creative works, conference travel, and professional development activities, applications are accepted on a rolling basis but must be submitted at least one month prior to the travel date.

Study abroad applications must be submitted by the following dates:

1. March 1 for applicants who will be studying abroad in the summer or fall semester
2. October 1 for applicants who will be studying abroad in the spring semester


• Applicants must be matriculated Syracuse University students, in good standing in the Honors Program and must be registered full-time during the semester that the award is granted
• Applicants who are presenting their research or creative work at the conference will be given priority consideration, but students who wish to attend a conference at which they will not be presenting can also apply
• Study abroad applicants must show proof that they have already applied to a credit-bearing study abroad program


The SOURCE – Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Engagement

Connect with the SOURCE

Undergraduate research work takes many forms but is characterized by a spirit of inquiry, participation in the active conversation of a scholarly, professional or creative field of study, and guidance by a faculty mentor. Student research and creative projects may be produced by students at all levels in classes, labs, recitals, as part of a distinction or thesis program, or independently.  Participating in undergraduate research helps you apply what you are learning in class, find a mentor, improve your critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and pursue a topic that fascinates you.

SOURCE offers weekly information sessions to help you get started thinking about your participation in research activities and to connect you with the appropriate resources.

Honors Thesis Funding

Support for your project

Honors supports a select number of Thesis projects with Crown Awards and Wise-Marcus 50-Year Friendship Awards.   Each year we fund approximately 25 projects with up to $5,000 per project.

Additionally, a distinguished Honors alum, Dr. Lynne Parker, has sponsored the Parker Award for Women in Science, which funds a female student's Thesis project in a science field each year.

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.

What we fund

  • reimbursement for research materials, supplies and expenses
  • research travel
  • other necessary and reasonable expenses
  • in unusual cases, students may be awarded summer living expenses 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 Thesis Projects. Occasionally, sophomores who are planning Thesis projects will also be considered
  • You must be in good standing in Honors
  • Your project must have been approved by your faculty Thesis Advisor