Grad Student Resources

The Global Engagement Office has compiled a list of helpful resources, funding opportunities, and professional development options for SoE graduate students. Please feel free to reach out with any questions at global@education.wisc.edu. We are happy to connect you with campus partners!

School of Education graduate students can apply for two funding opportunities that are unique to them as SoE students. The Hartzman Award is awarded biannually to cover travel-related expenses for an international conference. The International Summer Research or Residency Award is awarded every Spring for summer work completed outside of the U.S. or within Tribal Nations. Please read the application instructions for important details regarding required documents and relevant deadlines.

Funding Opportunities

Hartzman International Travel Award

The Hartzman family and the Dean’s Office in the School of Education are generously providing funding for graduate students to present their own original work/research at international conferences (this includes conferences outside of the U.S. and within First Nations).

The Hartzman is awarded bi-annually, with calls for applications typically due the last Monday of November and March. For conferences held January 1-June 30, applications must be received by the last Monday in November. For conferences held July 1-December 31, applications must be received by the last Monday in March. In the 2022-2023 academic year, applications for this award will be offered through the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH).

Applicants may apply for the funding before their conference presentation is accepted; however, students must show evidence of conference presentation acceptance before receiving funding.

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Poster Fair

International Summer Research or Residency Award

The School of Education Global Engagement Office provides funding for summer research or residency with an arts organization between the months of May and August. The applications are due the last Monday of April.

The funds are to be used for projects taking place outside of the United States and within Tribal Nations. The funds will be dispersed to students as a scholarship award. In general, travel awards range between $1,200-$2,000. Students are encouraged to apply for additional funding in order to get the total amount needed for their travel.

In the 2022-2023 academic year, applications for this award will be offered through the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH).

Award Recipient Profiles

Hartzman Recipients

Yaa Ampofo

Regina Fuller

Kylie Gorney

International Summer Research or Residency Recipients

Lauren Lauter, Summer 2019
Tanushree Rawat, Summer 2019

Professional Development

The Global Engagement Office (GEO) seeks to highlight the work of graduate students in the arts, education, and health through two key events. During the fall semester, the GEO hosts a poster fair and gallery walk where graduate students are encouraged to share research and art with a global-focus (broadly defined). Spring semester, a half-day symposium is held to hear presentations from peers, visiting scholars and faculty. Participants are encouraged to present research at any stage, and discuss artistic endeavors that are in process or completed. Click here to see past poster fair submissions.

Fieldwork and the International Academic Programs (IAP) Office

Graduate students who plan to do fieldwork or conduct an arts residency outside the United States should connect with the International Academic Programs (IAP) Office prior to planning their trip. IAP has a graduate field research course that allows students to take credits and remain enrolled at UW-Madison during their fieldwork or residency. More details, including the cost of the research course versus regular enrollment, can be found on IAP’s Graduate Research page.

Using Institutional Networks to Make Connections

One way to make connections with collaborators is by way of introductions from colleagues. If you are looking to do work or research in a different part of the world, and are looking for contacts, please reach out to Kate McCleary (mccleary2@wisc.edu) to schedule a time to talk. She is happy to talk with you about finding collaborators through SOE networks. Please check out Northeastern University’s tips for networking as a graduate student for additional ideas.

Campus Resources

Below is a curated list of resources that have been relevant to graduate students doing international research, and to international students within the School of Education. Please reach out to us (global@education.wisc.edu) if you are seeking assistance with something and you can’t find the answer. We are here to be a support and resource to you during your time here in the School of Education.

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Campus Partners

Institute for Regional & International Studies: https://iris.wisc.edu/

Social Sciences Research Services: https://ssrs.wisc.edu/ 

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research: https://www.wcer.wisc.edu/ 

The Writing Center: https://writing.wisc.edu/ 

Graduate Student Organizations

Curriculum and Instruction International Student Group: https://win.wisc.edu/organization/ciisa 

ELPA LEADS: https://www.facebook.com/ELPALEADS/ 

International Comparative Education Research Group: https://eps.education.wisc.edu/research/international-and-comparative-education-research-group-icerg/ 

Library Resources