Travel Funding for graduate students

You are encouraged to apply to multiple funding sources. However, note that when you apply for travel funding, you are implicitly promising that any funds you receive will be used for the purpose for which they were approved, and that you will not be reimbursed from any other source for the covered expenses.  In particular, it is not allowed to be reimbursed for the same expense by multiple sources. 

Department of Mathematics

Travel funding from the department is generally restricted to

  1. students giving talks or presenting a poster on their work, or
  2. students attending summer schools and intensive workshops at national institutes.

Students are also required to request support from their adviser before requesting support from the department.  (If you are uncertain as to whether your request will qualify, please contact the DGS.)

Amount of funding: At most $500 per trip, (or $750 for students finishing their PhD in the current year). Usually at most two trips will be funded per year.
Eligibility requirements: You must be a current graduate student in good standing in the Department of Mathematics.
Application procedure: Complete the application form.
Application deadline: Apply as early as possible before your trip. Retroactive applications will not be considered.
After funding is approved: Please check with the Business Office about procedures for paying directly for transportation and conference registration, getting receipts, and claiming for accommodation and other expenses. If you do not follow the rules, then we might not be able to reimburse you.
After the trip: complete the reimbursement form and send it, along with your receipts, to Marci Blocher <>.

Graduate College Conference Travel Award

See the Graduate College website for application guidelines. To be considered, complete the application form by one week ahead of the Graduate College deadline. Write "Graduate College Conference Travel Award" in the comments box on the application form.


The Program for Interdisciplinary and Industrial Internships at Illinois (PI4) offers travel funding for qualified students participating in conferences, summer schools and similar activities. See the PI4 website for eligibility guidelines.


The GEometric structures And Representation varieties network (GEAR) offers several opportunities for conducting research at other institutions in the network, such as the GEAR Graduate Internship program. See the GEAR website for guidelines.

American Mathematical Society
Graduate Student Travel Grants

Travel Grants for two types of AMS meetings are available from the AMS. Please visit the AMS website for more information.


SIAM Student Travel Awards are given to help students gain the experience and exposure that comes from attending and presenting at SIAM conferences. Please visit the SIAM website for more information.

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research

See the Sigma Xi website for application guidelines.

Thesis adviser's internal departmental funds,
or external research grant

Ask your thesis adviser for funding.

Note to international students

International graduate students can have travel expenses reimbursed by the University of Illinois, but it is sometimes not legal for students to be reimbursed by other institutions for expenses incurred as a speaker or presenter. For example, if you are invited to give a talk at the University of X, then the University of X might not be allowed to pay for your travel expenses, although your adviser at the University of Illinois could pay those expenses. Please contact the International Student and Scholar Services Office (333-1303) before making any travel plans for which you expect another institution to pay. The ISSS can examine your individual situation, and determine how the U.S. Government rules apply to you.