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Conference Funding

For students traveling to an academic conference to present their own research.

LSRI Travel Funds Heading link

  • Graduate students who are presenting a paper or poster at a conference may apply for $250.00 in travel funds once every academic year. The applicant does not have to be first author but must be the presenting author. Please detail your projected conference-related expenditures below. These funds can also be used for other relevant professional development activities or events, such as writing workshops.
  • A signed copy of this application, along with a copy of the conference acceptance or event description, needs to be filed with the Director of Graduate Studies at least thirty days prior to the conference/event.
  • Please note: this is a reimbursement program, based on the submission of original receipts. Also note that there are additional, supplementary funds for graduate students (up to $200) from LAS. These funds are not guaranteed every year. Please check with the LSRI Director for updates on the availability of these funds.
  • Click here for more information and for the application.

Graduate Student Council Travel Award Heading link

  • This award is first-come, first-serve. Students can apply during the funding quarter on the last day of the conference takes place. See the website for rules, “funding quarter” dates, and application procedures.
  • up to $275

Graduate College Presenter Award Heading link

  •  “Applications must be submitted before the closest deadline following your trip.  Applications submitted prior to the proposed trip will be reviewed during the subsequent round of Awards. When a deadline date falls during a weekend, the deadline will be the following Monday.”
  • Up to $300
  • Deadlines (rolling)
    September 30    (June, July, August, September)
    January 31    (October, November, December, January)
    May 31    (February, March, April, May)
  • (application is linked).

President’s Research in Diversity Travel Assistance Program Heading link

  •  “This competitive award program has been established for the purpose of promoting diversity and the understanding of diversity within the University. Recipients are provided a certificate and funding, not to exceed $600, to travel to a professional conference. Awards will be presented to up to ten (10) University of Illinois students in each biannual awards cycle. The reimbursement of travel expenses through these conference travel awards is intended to support student candidates who will be presenting papers, posters, or creative work at conferences related to issues of diversity or identity, such as those involving race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, and national origin, in service to the University’s interest in a diverse learning community.”
  • Up to $600