*Due to restrictions on University-sponsored travel resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Honors Research Travel Award program cannot currently reimburse travel expenses for undergraduate students. However, we will consider award applications for Senior Honors Project expenses unrelated to travel for the Fall 2020 semester. Examples may include photocopies/scans of archival or library materials, admission prices for virtual performances or exhibitions related to the research topic, or other expenses that will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please email rdaigle3@bu.edu with any questions.*

The CAS Honors Research Travel Award program funds grants of up to $1,000 for travel to conduct research by advanced undergraduates pursuing the B.A. with honors in any College of Arts & Sciences major. These awards recognize outstanding student scholars and enable them to execute Senior Honors Projects that require travel in the course of research. The specific purpose of the travel may be any kind of fieldwork required for the project, including activities such as consulting archival or library materials, conducting interviews, collecting data of any sort, attending performances, exhibitions, or other cultural events, or working with scholars in the relevant field. Up to 10 Honors Scholar Research Travel grants will be awarded each year.

Honors research travel may be scheduled for any point during the student’s junior or senior year or the intervening summer, provided that the student has an approved Honors Project proposal on file in his or her major department. The best time for research travel will vary by field and by project. Each student works with the faculty mentor supervising his/her Honors Project to formulate an overall research plan and timeline where the benefits of research travel can be most fully realized in the final thesis or paper.

These awards are restricted to travel for the purpose of conducting honors research (exceptions are being made for the Fall 2020 semester). Students whose projects entail costs for a) research supplies (books, subscriptions, software, consumables, etc.) or b) travel to professional meetings to present results may apply for funding in those categories to BU’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). The Student Academic Enhancement Fund (SAEF) can also provide funding for travel to professional meetings in which the applicant is presenting or has a leadership role.


Who can apply for Honors Research Travel Grants?

All CAS juniors and seniors with an approved proposal for a Senior Honors Project on file in their major department are eligible. Preference will normally be given to students who have not previously won an Honors Research Travel Award or similar travel grant.

The following guidelines are applied in the allocation of travel funds:

  • Local/regional travel: maximum $300 per student
  • National travel: maximum $600 per student
  • International travel: maximum $1,000 per student

Honors Research travel funds can be used to support the following expenses within reasonable limits:

  • Air, train, bus, or taxi fare
  • Car rental
  • Gas (if traveling by personal vehicle)
  • Hotel lodging expenses
  • Admission to institutions or events

CAS departments, individual faculty grants, and UROP may also contribute to research travel. If you are requesting or expecting additional travel support from those or other sources, please note this on your application.

How do you apply?
When do you apply?

Applications are welcome throughout the year and will be reviewed on receipt by the CAS Dean’s Office. However, students must in all cases apply at least one month before they are scheduled to depart. Deadlines are as follows:

  • For fall semester travel: mid-September
  • For travel during Winter Break: November 1
  • For spring semester travel: January 6th
  • For summer travel: March 31st

Travel support cannot be provided for travel that has already occurred.

Pre-Departure Steps for International Travelers:
  • Student researchers will need to register their travel with the Office of Global Programs
  • Student researchers will work with the CAS Dean’s Office to procure proper insurance (to be provided by the College in some cases)
  • Student researchers will attend a pre-departure meeting with the Office of Global Programs
For student applicants and recipients of Honors Research Travel Awards:

These awards are competitive and represent a special mark of recognition by the College of Arts & Sciences. Recipients may be recognized in CAS publications and on the CAS website. Students are encouraged to cite their Honors Research Travel Award on the acknowledgments page of their honors thesis and any resulting publications, in keeping with the best scholarly practices. After completing their funded travel, recipients will be asked by the CAS Dean’s Office to submit a one- to two-page report or short photo/video essay documenting their research travel and how it contributed to their Honors Project.

For faculty supervising the Honors projects of student applicants and awardees:

You will be asked to certify the quality of the research project, the appropriateness and necessity of the travel, and the likelihood that the student will carry out the project to the highest standards. You will also be required to work with the student to ensure that the expenditure of any funds awarded is fully appropriate.

Please address any questions to Rachel Daigle, the Administrative Coordinator in the CAS Dean’s Office (rdaigle3@bu.edu).

Last updated: July 2020