Dissertation Travel Grant

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.


• Applicants must be enrolled in a program leading to the PhD, DMA, or EdD. • Travel funded through the fall 2022 competition must begin no later than December 31, 2023 and must conclude by May 31, 2024. • Students do not need to be registered at the time of application or during the time of travel.

Award Amounts: 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.

Complete details can be found here: https://apps.grad.illinois.edu/fellowship-finder/index.cfm?action=main.fellowship&fid=2901

Supplemental Questions
  1. Will your intended travel begin no later than December 31, 2023 and conclude by May 31, 2024?
  2. Have you completed the required coursework for your program?
  3. What stage of research are you proposing?
  4. If you are proposing dissertation research, what is/was the date of your preliminary exam?
  5. Where are you looking to travel?
  6. Please explain how this conference will support your studies, and why the Graduate College should support your attendance with this travel grant. Where possible, please use concrete, quantified measures whenever possible to characterize your accomplishments and productivity, please write in layman's terms as the Graduate College review board is made of members of diverse specialties, clarify the stature within the field of any journals or conferences that have featured your work, and address any weaknesses in your record head-on.
  7. Please upload a single pdf with these three materials in the following order: 1) CV (3 page max, 11 pt font, 1 inch margins); 2) RESEARCH PROPOSAL (3 page max, double spaced, Times New Roman font, 12 pt font, 1 inch margins - READ INSTRUCTIONS HERE: https://apps.grad.illinois.edu/fellowship-finder/?action=main.fellowship&fid=2901); 3) UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS
  8. Upload your completed Dissertation Travel Grant Budget Worksheet (found here: https://apps.grad.illinois.edu/fellowship-finder/?action=main.fellowship&fid=2901)
  9. Please request a letter of recommendation from your thesis advisor - they will be sent a link in which to upload the letter. PLEASE LET THEM KNOW YOU WILL BE REQUESTING A LETTER NOW! They will not be requested until your application is submitted, and we want to give them as much time as possible to submit.
  10. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and broadening participation in computing (BPC) are an important part of the UIUC CS mission. Please write a brief paragraph telling us how DEI figures into your past and present teaching, research, community engagement, and your lived experience? How do you imagine incorporating attention to DEI into your future work?
  11. To the best of my knowledge, I have not committed any action that violates the UIUC Student Code or the CS Department Values and Code of Conduct.
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