Thesis and Project Funding

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If you need financial assistance to conduct your thesis research, fund your travel to a national conference or participate in Celebrating Honors, you can apply for funds on the basis of application/merit and evidence of faculty and departmental support by completing the appropriate request form, available below. You may be asked to schedule a follow up appointment with the Dean, if necessary. All funding requests must be pre-approved prior to making any purchases.

  • Thesis Funding – While many students do not have a need for funding, some theses may be costly. Students may receive up to $750 to complete their thesis. This funding may cover items such as travel, books, copying, equipment and other materials as needed throughout the project. Please review the Thesis Reimbursement Application for more details. The application should be submitted early, prior to making any purchases.
  • Honors Project Fund – Typically used for non-thesis related expenses. This funding may be used to cover expenses related to special projects (i.e. presenting a paper at a conference or attending an annual meeting related to your major). The funds may be used to cover such costs as travel, hotel, conference registration and supplies. All purchases must be pre-approved, and travel must occur before the final receipt deadline.
  • External Examiner Program – Barrett students and their thesis directors can also apply to bring in an outside examiner or expert in the discipline from another institution to serve as the third committee member. The purpose of this support is to encourage students to be more venturesome in their research projects. Students may receive up to $1500 to bring in an expert in their thesis field from outside the University.

Questions regarding the funding opportunities above? Please contact Christine.Fleetwood@asu.edu for assistance.

Funding FAQs

When is the due date?

When is the due date?

All funding requires pre-approval. Plan to submit the Honors Project Fund and Thesis Fund applications early before any purchases are made. You will then need to submit final receipts for reimbursement. Check the application and your terms of agreement for semester deadlines.

Applications will not be accepted after the deadlines for your final semester at ASU. Even if you have a thesis submission extension, the Thesis Fund application is still due by these deadlines. Please see the application form for specific due dates.

 

 

How does the process work?

How does the process work?

You must first apply for pre-approval. Once approval is received and Terms of Agreement signed and submitted, you may then make purchases. Keep original itemized receipts to submit for reimbursement. Receipts must be submitted in accordance with the aid year calendar and by the Final Receipt Deadline. Purchases made in a specific aid year (August 1-July 31) can only be reimbursed in that same aid year. If expenses cross over an aid year, reimbursement will be done in two payments. Reimbursement cannot be processed by ASU after the Final Receipt Deadline. Please review the applications.

How will I get the reimbursement?

How will I get the reimbursement?

The funds will be deposited to your ASU student account. All receipts must be submitted by the Final Receipt Deadline to ensure that funds can be approved and deposited in your student account before graduation.

Can I get more than $750?

Can I get more than $750?

If your expenses are tied to your thesis/creative project, you can apply for both the Thesis Fund and the Honors Project Fund at the same time. We also encourage you to look into departmental funds that may be available through the college of your major. A list of college and departmental scholarships can be viewed here: https://scholarships.asu.edu/colleges.

Also, by submitting your prospectus by the Priority Prospectus Due Date, you can apply for an additional $100 towards the Thesis Fund.

Will this impact my FAFSA?

Will this impact my FAFSA?

If you have submitted a Federal Financial Aid (FASFA), you may be asked to provide additional documentation. The Barrett Business Office will contact you if necessary.

I applied for less than $750. Can I apply for the fund again?

I applied for less than $750. Can I apply for the fund again?

You may only apply for each fund once, regardless of the amount of money that you are requesting on the application. You may include more than one project/experience on the application, as long as you still meet the fiscal year guidelines for submission. See application for details.

 

Can I use the funds to make a donation?

Can I use the funds to make a donation?

No, funds cannot be used for a donation.

Can I use the funds for tuition or other school costs?

Can I use the funds for tuition or other school costs?

No, funds cannot be used for tuition or other school costs at ASU or elsewhere.

Can I apply for External funds for my thesis Director or Second Committee Member?

Can I apply for External funds for my thesis Director or Second Committee Member?

No, the External Examiner program must be a Third Committee Member and may not be an ASU employee or faculty member.