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 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 abroad. 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.

Due to COVID-19 and the university travel policies, the School of Education is able to fund virtual conference fees for the 2020-2021 academic year. Awards will be funded up to $500.

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

Access the application instructions for conferences held between January 1 and June 30, 2021.

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Poster Fair

International Summer Research or Residency Award

The School of Education Global Engagement Office offers funding for graduate students to support international summer research or residency with an arts organization. These funds are to be used for projects taking place outside of the United States.

Access the application instructions for Summer 2020 funding.

Allowable expenses for this award include: transportation, lodging, and other anticipated research or residency costs. The funds will be awarded to students as a scholarship award. Award recipients are required to purchase UW-Madison international health insurance offered by Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). The cost of the insurance should be included as a line-item in the budget. Information on enrolling in the program can be found on the UW Madison Risk Management website. Additionally, all travel expenses must be made in accordance with UW-Madison travel policies.

Award Recipient Profiles

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 ( 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 ( 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