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Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs

President's Research in Diversity Travel Award Program

 

At the University of Illinois, diversity includes fostering learning environments where all students can achieve their full potential. Diversity is more than diverse ideas—it includes representation of individuals from all backgrounds and perspectives in terms of race, ethnicity, disability, gender, gender identity, sexuality, socioeconomics, nationality, and spirituality.

Award Description

The Vice President for Academic Affairs is pleased to announce the President's Research in Diversity Travel Award. This competitive award provides a certificate and funding, not to exceed $600, for students to travel to a professional conference. Awards will be presented to up to ten (10) University of Illinois students in each biannual awards cycle. These conference travel awards are 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.

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Following are the requirements for consideration of an application:

  1. The student must be enrolled at the University and in good academic standing when conference travel occurs.
  2. Urbana and Chicago graduate/professional students are eligible for this award; Springfield graduate/professional and undergraduate students are eligible.
  3. The student must comply with all University travel policies and procedures as well as applicable state regulations. (http://www.obfs.uillinois.edu/cms/one.aspx?portalId=909965&pageId=913881)
  4. The department/college from which the student is enrolled or a unit sponsoring the student (such as the Graduate College) must endorse and approve the student's participation in the conference and provide some financial support ($200 minimum) for the student's participation in the conference.

Deadline for Competition

Conference travel must take place between October 1, 2014 and March 30, 2015. Applications for the Fall 2014 President's Research in Diversity Travel Award will be accepted starting in mid-August 2014 and must be submitted no later than September 14, 2014.

Application Procedure

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:

  1. An abstract (approximately 600-word maximum) describing the work to be presented and how it relates to issues of diversity and identity, such as those involving race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, and national origin (to be typed or copied into the application form).
  2. A brief (approximately 600-word maximum) description of the travel plans and potential impact of the conference travel on the student, department, or field of study (to be typed or copied into the application form).
  3. Evidence (i.e. proposal acceptance letter from conference planning committee) that they will be presenting papers, posters, or creative work at the conference (to be uploaded, e.g. a Word document or scanned PDF document).
  4. Applicants must provide a department head or advisor's name and email address. This person will receive a message [view text of this message] asking for confirmation that the department/college or sponsoring unit is willing to provide a minimum of $200 financial support toward the student's participation in the conference. Their confirmation will complete the application, and should be received no later than the application deadlines listed above.

Notification of Award Recipients

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 Spring 2014 Travel Awards during the first week of April.

Recipients

Past Award Recipients

Questions

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.

 

Contact

377 Henry Administration Building, MC-348
506 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801, USA
Tel: 217-333-3077
Fax: 217-244-3173