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Graduate 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 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 held outside the United States or within Tribal Nations. The International Summer Research or Residency Award is awarded every Spring for summer work completed outside of the United States 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 (specifically, this includes conferences held outside of the U.S. and within First Nations).

The Hartzman is awarded bi-annually, with calls for applications typically due the third Friday of November and March. For conferences held January 1-June 30, applications must be received by the third Friday in November. For conferences held July 1-December 31, applications must be received by the third Friday in March. 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.

Recipients of UW-Madison awards must follow UW International Travel Policy.

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International Summer Research or Residency Travel 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 March.

The funds are to be used for projects taking place outside of the United States or within Tribal Nations. The funds will be dispersed to students as a travel award. In general, travel awards range between $1,200-$2,000.

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for additional funding in order to get the total amount needed for their travel. Priority is given to applicants who have applied for the Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship. This application is due Sunday, February 25, 2024, by 11:59pm.

Applications for this award will be offered through the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH).

Recipients of UW-Madison awards must follow UW International Travel Policy.

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 contact our office ( to schedule a time to talk. We would be glad 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 contact us ( 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:

Social Sciences Research Services: 

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research: 

The Writing Center: 

Graduate Student Organizations

Curriculum and Instruction International Student Group: 


International Comparative Education Research Group: 

Library Resources

UW Madison Travel Planning and Policies

Student recipients of the Hartzman International Travel Award or of the International Summer Research or Residency Travel Award are subject to UW-Madison’s International Travel Policy. The policy has been revised to reflect the U.S. Department of State and CDC’s updated travel advisory systems. Under this policy, students are precluded from traveling to any location that remains under a U.S. Department of State Level 3 or Level 4 advisory or a CDC Travel Health Notice of Level 3 or Level 4. The policy offers a process by which waivers can be requested if risks can be mitigated effectively. See the additional resources listed below.

International Safety and Security:

Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI):