Undergraduate Student Engagement Travel Grant


The Undergraduate Student Engagement Travel Grant (USET) provides up to $500 to individual NIU undergraduate students to defray the cost of travel to attend or present at a professional conference, NIU study abroad programs, participation in a service-based experience that includes travel (such as an alternative break) or other student engagement projects.


  • All full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students in good academic standing are eligible to apply.
  • Student must be able to articulate a strong defense as to how the grant and requested travel experience will contribute to their academic and career success at NIU through their application and proposal.
  • Eligible expenses include program costs, registration fees, transportation, food and lodging associated with the travel experience, etc.
  • The travel must occur while the student is still enrolled at NIU.
  • Please plan ahead for your trip.
    • Your travel experience cannot occur during the month you are applying for funds.
    • You cannot be reimbursed for experiences that have already taken place.
  • This is an individual award - no groups may apply.*
  • Students may only receive one travel award per academic year.
  • Students must have at least a 2.75 GPA to be considered.

Funding Information

  • Funds are dispersed until depleted, beginning with the new fiscal year (July 1- June 1)
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis around the 15th of each month, with notification of results by the end of that month
  • All funds must be awarded by June 1 of each year—if your experience takes place over the summer, please be sure to apply early

*Please note that if you are seeking funds on behalf of a Student Association recognized organization, the Student Association can potentially assist with reimbursement through executive allocations. The application to apply for executive allocation funding is available through Huskie Link.