Graduate Student Travel/Virtual Conference Grants

The Graduate Student Travel/Virtual Conference Grants support graduate students engaged in research, scholarship, and artistic/creative activity. The grants support graduate students to travel in-person to meetings or conferences sponsored by professional organizations or to assist with participation in virtual conferences for the purpose of sharing results of their original research, scholarly activity, or artistic and creative activity in the form of a presentation, performance/exhibition, or poster session. These grants do not cover conference attendance for other purposes, such as for non-presenting attendance. 

To Apply


To be eligible to apply, graduate student applicants must

  • Have completed at least one academic year of graduate study at NIU.
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Be presenting results of their own original research, scholarly or artistic endeavors conducted while enrolled at NIU.
  • Be an invited presenter via a letter/email of invitation from the conference/meeting officials.
  • Be the sole or primary researcher, author, or performer of the artistic/creative activity.
  • Be enrolled in the semester that the travel/attendance occurs (one credit hour only if at dissertation/thesis hours). If traveling between semesters, the applicant must be registered for the current semester/term and the semester/term following the event.

Preference will be given to doctoral students or students pursuing the terminal degree in their discipline. Late-stage dissertation and thesis writers presenting results of their project will be advantaged in the review process.

Only one travel/virtual conference grant request per student may be funded in a fiscal year. Applicants must not be employed at NIU as an instructor or regular member of the faculty.

With questions, please contact Debbie Williams at

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