Funding Your Research

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All graduate students, particularly those pursuing a doctorate, should begin the process of seeking research funds as early in their graduate education as possible. This type of support can reduce financial stress and help you improve the quality of your thesis. NRES is a very diverse department, so this page provides general resources. Students should talk with their advisers and other students in their research areas about opportunities that may be available.

Research Funding Opportunities

Conference Travel Funding Opportunities

  • Conference Travel Awards from the Graduate College of the University of Illinois
    The Graduate College will provide awards, not to exceed $300, for students to travel to professional conferences. The application process is competitive, and NRES generally receives only three of these awards per semester. These Conference Travel Awards are intended to support students who will be presenting papers, posters, or creative work at the conferences they attend. Please note that the award amount from the Graduate College is based on the distance between the University of Illinois Urbana campus and the student's conference destination. Conference Travel Awards are supported by Students for Equal Access to Learning (SEAL) fees.
  • Educational Opportunities Grant from the Department of NRES
  • NRES provides financial support for graduate student travel that enhances your training and career opportunities. Applications for funding can include attendance at professional conferences, workshops, events, or for training to learn research techniques at other laboratories. Application instructions are e-mailed to eligible students each August and February.

Other Resources

  • Proposal Advising provided by the University of Illinois Graduate College
    The Office of External Fellowships provides one-on-one review of proposal drafts. They will critique your proposal and advise you on how to refine it so you can submit the most competitive application you can.
  • Grant Funding Library Guide provided by the University Library
    This page provides web pages, databases, and books that are useful in identifying and applying for research grants.
  • Fellowship Database maintained by the Graduate College
    Fellowships come in many different forms, and some of them provide funding for graduate student research. This searchable database provides information on hundreds of opportunities.
  • Grant Forward (Formerly IRIS)
    Free to University of Illinois students, faculty, and staff, Grant Forward allows you to search its database for funding opportunities in every field from agriculture to zoology. You can also set it up to alert you to new opportunities that meet your criteria.