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Program Fund

In an effort to foster intellectual endeavors and collaboration among departments, faculty, and students, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences makes available funds for event programming, new initiatives, and graduate student travel. These funds are distributed through the administrative structures of the SLCSL.

The Executive Committee (EC) of the School offers seven categories of funding, the applications for which are listed below. In considering requests, the EC gives preference to applicants who have secured sponsorship from more than one unit. It also gives preference to events and initiatives that promise to be of interest to a wide array of students and faculty in the School.

Note: Applications must be submitted by Faculty or Graduate Students of the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics.

Retroactive applications will not be considered except in the case of Awards for Graduate Student Travel. These applications are also accepted on a rolling basis.

Deadlines: September 15, December 1, Feb. 15 and April 15

  • Awards for Major Conferences

    up to $5,000

    temporarily suspended

  • Awards for Small Colloquia, Workshops, Round-tables, etc.

    up to $2,500

    temporarily suspended

  • Awards for Individual Speakers

    up to $500

    temporarily suspended

  • Awards for Graduate Travel

    up to $500


    Available to PhD and second-year MA students (and to first-year MA students by petition).

    These awards may be submitted retroactively and will be considered on a rolling basis.

    submit to Alma Sias

  • Awards for Faculty Travel

    up to $500


    Available to all ranks of tenure- and non-tenure-track faculty to present at conferences.

  • Book Subvention Application

    up to $1,250

    temporarily suspended

  • Awards for Curricular Development

    up to $1,000

    temporarily suspended

  • Awards for Other Initiatives

    up to $1,000

    temporarily suspended

If you are submitting an application that involves event planning, you may contact Alma Sias ( for guidance creating event and travel budgets.

Please consult the Event Planning Information page for guidelines and information related to logistics such as room reservations, travel, publicity and catering arrangements.

International Travel Insurance Requirements Heading link

All UIC students on university-authorized travel abroad and UIC employees traveling with them must enroll in the International Travel Safety roster and obtain the University of Illinois System’s comprehensive insurance plan through the ITS roster.

Other UIC faculty or staff on university-authorized business, but not traveling with students, are strongly encouraged to enroll and to obtain the comprehensive insurance.

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

Insurance for graduate students and faculty required under university policy is a reimbursable expense and should be included in travel-related budgets.

Faculty should consult with Alma Sias before enrolling on the roster and obtaining travel insurance under this policy.

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