Dissertation Travel Grants provide reimbursement to subsidize travel and associated costs necessary for doctoral dissertation research, whether for exploring a potential dissertation topic (i.e., before extensive research has been done) or for conducting dissertation research. Approximately 12 grants at amounts up to $5,000 will be awarded given sufficient funding. An awardee's nominating department must commit to contributing 12% of the cost of the grant.
The criteria used in making awards are the necessity for travel; the significance, coherence, and feasibility of the proposed research as determined from the proposal; and letters of support. The student's productivity and efficient progress toward the degree as shown in the academic record are also evaluated. Students who have already received a Graduate College Dissertation Travel Grant are not eligible. Grants will not be awarded for travel that has taken place prior to the completion of the competition process. Grants will not cover costs that are covered by other funding.
Departments may submit up to three nominations.
Awards are contingent on availability of funds. The proposed budget should be cost-effective and commensurate with the distance and time of travel. The highest priority for awards will be transportation expenses. Other allowable expenses include lodging, food, insurance, research passes or permits, visas, and required vaccinations, but these expenses may receive lower priority due to budget constraints. Expenses not allowed include expenses for any travel that has already occurred; travel expenses for colleagues, assistants, personal companions, or other participants; cost of using a university vehicle; participant incentives; equipment; supplies; photocopies; conference travel; course registration; and tuition.
• Applicants must be enrolled in a program leading to the PhD, DMA, or EdD.
• Travel funded through the fall 2021 competition must begin no later than December 31, 2022 and must conclude by May 31, 2023.
• Students do not need to be registered at the time of application or during the time of travel.
Reporting Requirements: All Dissertation Travel Grant recipients are required to submit a one-page report and reimbursement paperwork within one month after travel has concluded.
Disbursement: Funds are disbursed in the form of a reimbursement following submission and review of all required reporting materials.
For complete details, see: https://apps.grad.illinois.edu/fellowship-finder/?action=main.fellowship&fid=2901
Applications should be submitted via Blackbaud by Sunday, 10/31/21 at 11:59 PM. New Blackbaud users can find instructions here.