At the University of Illinois, diversity includes fostering learning environments where all students can achieve their full potential. Diversity is more than diverse ideasit includes representation of individuals from all backgrounds and perspectives in terms of race, ethnicity, disability, gender, gender identity, sexuality, socioeconomics, nationality, and spirituality.
The Vice President for Academic Affairs is pleased to announce the President's Research in Diversity Travel Award. This competitive award program has been established for the purpose of promoting diversity and the understanding of diversity within the University. Recipients are provided a certificate and funding, not to exceed $600, to travel to a professional conference. Awards will be presented to up to ten (10) University of Illinois students in each biannual awards cycle. The reimbursement of travel expenses through these conference travel awards is intended to support student candidates 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, in service to the University's interest in a diverse learning community.
Award monies are limited to use for reimbursement of meeting registration, travel and lodging expenses that are directly related to the conference. The department/college will be responsible for travel expense processing after which award funds will be transferred to the department/college by the Vice President's office.
Following are the requirements for consideration of an application:
Conference travel must take place between April 1, 2016 and September 30, 2016. Applications for the Spring 2016 President's Research in Diversity Travel Award will be accepted starting in mid-February 2016 and must be submitted no later than March 16, 2016.
The online application form may be accessed here: Application.
Please note that while the applicant may open and review the application form beforehand, the information must be completed and submitted in one sitting - the application cannot be saved partially completed. As part of the application form submission, the applicant will be asked to include the following items:
Applications will be reviewed by faculty and administrators from each campus and University Administration.
Students selected for the President's Research in Diversity Travel Award and their sponsoring departments will be notified of Fall 2015 Travel Awards during the first week of October.
A letter with these instructions will be sent at the time of the award to the department business manager for each student who receives a President's Research in Diversity Travel Award.
Please see this list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Please direct all questions to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, University-Wide Student Programs at USPScholarships@uillinois.edu or at (217) 333-2030.
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