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.

  • 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 is due by the thesis submission deadline of your final semester. All travel must have occurred by the due date.
  • 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.
  • 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.

The deadlines for Thesis and Project funding application submission for graduating students are:

  • Fall 2017 graduates - November 17, 2017
  • Spring 2018 graduates- April 20, 2018

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?

The Honors Project Fund and Thesis Fund applications must be submitted by the honors thesis deadline of your final semester. Applications will not be accepted after your ASU graduation date. Even if you have a thesis submission extension, the Thesis Fund application is still due by these deadlines. Please see the thesis deadlines or the applications forms for specific due dates.

Can I submit cost estimates for expenses for the Honors Project Fund or the Thesis Fund?

Can I submit cost estimates for expenses for the Honors Project Fund or the Thesis Fund?

Approval for expenses can be granted in advance, however you will need to submit original receipts in order for payment to be processed. No funds will be paid in advance. Both the Honors Project Fund and the Thesis Fund are reimbursement applications.

How will I get the reimbursement?

How will I get the reimbursement?

The funds will be deposited into your ASU student account. All applications must be submitted by the 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.

Starting with Spring 2018 graduates, 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. Christine Fleetwood from the Barrett Business office will contact you if necessary.

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

I applied for less than $750. Can I apply for the funds 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 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.