Williams Travel Grant
Williams Travel Grants were established to provide travel support for EIU graduate degree-seeking candidates who have papers or creative works accepted for presentation at regional, state, national or international conferences between July 1 and June 30 of the current fiscal year.
Award: These grants are for reimbursement of documented travel expenses up to $500. Grants will be made based on the quality of the application. A 25% match from the candidate's department is encouraged. Williams Travel Grant Winners are required to present their projects during the Annual Graduate Student Exposition each spring semester. Students no longer on campus at the time of the Exposition may have their work presented by a faculty mentor or colleague.
Eligibility: Graduate degree-seeking candidates who are enrolled at the University during the term the project was presented.
Deadline: Fall Competition: 4:30 p.m. on the first Friday of November each year. Spring Competition: 4:30 p.m. on the first Friday in February. The Spring competition is dependent on availability of funding.
Application: A Williams Travel Grant application will consist of the following:
- A completed application form.
- Documentation that the work submitted has been accepted for presentation during the eligibility dates. (A copy of an acceptance letter or page from the program is sufficient).
- An abstract of 250 words or less describing the work presented.
- A letter from the candidate's faculty mentor that addresses (a) the role of the student in the work and in its presentation at the meeting, (b) the contribution of the work to the candidate's field, and (c) verification that the student will be enrolled in the university at the time of the presentation. If selected, the candidate must provide the Graduate School with a standard request for travel form prior to the travel and a travel voucher and original receipts upon conclusion of the travel. If the application was submitted after travel is complete, only the travel voucher and receipts are required for reimbursement.
Consideration: Students who have submitted a paper for peer review but
may not receive notification of acceptance before the spring due date
may request provisional consideration. The Provisional Consideration
Application requires completion of the standard Williams Travel
application form as outlined above and must include a letter requesting
provisional approval until the student has received notification of the
paper's acceptance for presentation. If Provisional Consideration is
approved, the student must provide evidence that the paper was accepted
for presentation, as outlined in the application guidelines above, in
order to receive the award.
Please click here for the Williams Travel Grant application