Spirit of Inquiry

The W. A. Franke Honors College provides grants to help you pursue research projects of your own design under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Research can be done in any field, from science to humanities to engineering to fine arts. Students who anticipate needing extra time and support to collect data or do the work involved in their Honors Thesis/Capstone are eligible to apply. 

Grants are awarded up to a maximum of $1,500. A committee comprised of students, faculty and community members select the award-winning proposals. All Spirit of Inquiry Research Grant recipients present their work in the spring semester following their award. All W. A. Franke Honors students are eligible to apply.

Spirit of Inquiry Research Grants: Applications Now Open on Scholarship Universe

Are you interested in money to fund a research project you can undertake in the summer of 2022 or beyond? Check out the Spirit of Inquiry Research Grant Program. Applications are welcome from any Franke Honors student, and projects can span any discipline, from sciences and engineering to business and fine arts. You will need to identify a faculty mentor to oversee your project, working with that person to refine your ideas for research you could complete over the course of the summer OR within the 2021-2022 academic year. Applications are due April 1, 2022. Apply through Scholarship Universe.

Questions? Contact Sharon Overstreet, at 626.5289 or sharono1@email.arizona.edu.



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