The Graduate Colloquium Program

The Graduate Colloquium program was established in 1966 to bring scholars, artists, professionals and public figures to give presentations and performances at NIU. Events are arranged and coordinated by the Graduate Colloquium office and a department, division or center that is eligible for funding. All events are open to the entire NIU community and the public.


To participate in the Graduate Colloquium Program, graduate students and graduate faculty mentors submit proposals for consideration to the Graduate Colloquium Committee. Graduate students must be actively involved in speaker and topic selection, proposal preparation, and event arrangements. Proposals will be evaluated by the Graduate Colloquium Committee based on the following criteria: role of graduate students in speaker selection and coordinating the event, justification of the topic and format, speaker qualifications, impact and/or reach, and budget. Funding will be awarded on a competitive basis. Approved proposals may be awarded full or partial funding.

Proposal Deadlines

For Colloquium events scheduled for Proposal Deadline
Fall 2024-Spring 2025 April 1, 2024
Spring 2025 (if funding remains) October 14, 2024

Proposals are submitted via Blackboard. Graduate students, faculty, and staff may request access to the Graduate Colloquium Blackboard website to review Graduate Colloquium guidelines, call for proposals and proposal instructions.

For all inquiries regarding the Graduate Colloquium Program, please contact:

Debbie Williams
Phone: 815-753-0425
Fax: 815-753-6366

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