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Funding LCSL Graduate Student Conference Travel

Presenting your scholarship at conferences is an integral part of your professional development as a graduate student in the School of LCSL. Conference participation gives you the opportunity to meet others in your field, keep informed of the latest research, and build an academic reputation based on your work.

Funding sources for graduate student travel to conferences: Heading link

Graduate Student Council (GSC) Travel Award (up to $300)

  • Students must apply during the quarter (ending July 31st, October 31st, January 31st, April 30th) in which the conference travel takes place. See website for rules and application procedures.

Graduate College (GC) Presenter Award ($150)

  • Students cannot apply until AFTER they have completed their travel but must apply by the last day of the month in which they completed the conference travel. See website for rules and application procedures.

President’s Research in Diversity Travel Assistance Program (up to $600)

  • Students are also encouraged to apply for this competitive award that was established for the purpose of promoting diversity and the understanding of diversity within the University. Awards are made biannually with applications generally being due in September and January. See website for eligibility, rules, and application procedures.

Students should also consult their Director of Graduate Studies and their advisor for additional field-specific funding awards for conference travel.

International Travel Insurance Requirements Heading link

All UIC students on university-authorized travel abroad must enroll in the International Travel Safety roster and obtain the University of Illinois System’s comprehensive insurance plan through the ITS roster. This includes graduate students travelling for research or to participate in conferences.

Required insurance-related expenses are eligible for reimbursement and should be included in your budget.

This policy does not cover students’ personal travel that is unrelated to work or academic duties at UIC.

To review the ITS policy and access the enrollment roster, please visit the following website: international -travel-safety-enrollment/