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Student Presenter Awards

The Graduate College offers up to $150.00 (depending on actual expenses) to eligible graduate students to help to defray costs associated with presenting original research or scholarly work at a meeting or conference. The meeting or conference must be a part of a nationally or internationally recognized scientific or scholarly society. Applicants must be the primary presenter of the original research or scholarly work. The award may be used for transportation (outside the Chicago metropolitan area only), lodging, and/or registration expenses.

A graduate student is defined as a degree-seeking student who is currently enrolled in a Graduate College program. Students enrolled in professional and non-Graduate College programs (e.g., DMD, DPT, DrPH, JD, LLM, MBA, MEng, MD, MPH, MSW, and PharmD) are not eligible. For a full list of programs in the Graduate College, please see the Graduate College website.

The award is contingent upon funds availability and may only be received once per fiscal year (e.g., July 1st – June 30th). The award is administered by the Associate Director of Human Resources and Finance.

Application Deadlines

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible after completion of the event.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit a completed application and proof that they have been presenters at the meeting or conference in one of the following ways: a printout of the program listing the applicant’s presentation from the official conference website along with the url, a copy of the cover page from a printed program and of the page that lists the applicant’s name and the date and time of the applicant’s presentation, or an official letter or e-mail addressed to the applicant stating that he or she has been accepted as a presenter at the meeting or conference. Applicants must also submit an abstract of the work presented and proof of payment (e.g., paid receipt). Failure to submit the required materials will disqualify your application.

To apply, download and complete the application. The application must be signed by you and your advisor, director of graduate studies, or department head. INCOMPLETE, ALTERED, and/or UNSIGNED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Using the file naming protocol, email your completed application, with all required materials, as a single PDF, to:

The Graduate College is not responsible for any losses or delays caused by electronic services or otherwise.

Award Amount

Students who meet the stipulated criteria for the award and submit the required documents will be considered for a payment of up to $150 (depending on actual expenses).

Payment Processing

The payment is applied to the student’s university account and is considered a resource when determining the student’s eligibility for financial aid. Therefore, the payment is reported to the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) and may have an impact on the type and amount of financial aid the student receives. OSFA will make the necessary adjustment to the student’s financial aid award. This adjustment may create or increase a balance due on the student’s university account. The student is responsible for reviewing her/his Financial Aid Award letter and student account billing statement after the payment has been paid to understand the impact of the payment. Payments to Foreign National students are processed through University Payroll and may require additional paperwork.

Required Payment Reporting

Students who are awarded funding will receive an email from the Bursar once the payment has been made to the student’s university account. Upon receipt of the email, the student must complete the Travel and Geography Registration Form ( to report the partially sponsored travel.

Student Presenter Award Application

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Graduate Student Council Travel Awards

The UIC Graduate Student Council Travel Award is available to students actively participating in academic or professional meetings. To eligible applicants, the GSC gives awards of up to $275, which may be used for transportation, lodging, registration, and meal costs.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has historically provided student travel awards to PhD students in a program within Liberal Arts and Sciences.


The UIC Health Professions Student Council (HPSC) is a liaison organization between the individual health professions students, student groups, and the university at large. We fund the individual health professional student councils and provide additional funding to students for travel and interdisciplinary projects.

President's Research in Diversity Travel Award

For University of Illinois graduate and professional students 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. There are two competitions in year, during the fall and spring terms.

Academic program and disciplinary college

Check your academic program and disciplinary college websites to determine if they may have travel awards.

Other funding

In addition to the Graduate College’s funding mechanisms, there are online funding tools available.

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Deadline for the SPA: Last day of the month in which travel is completed.