Department of English at Illinois State University

Professional Travel Funding for Graduate Students

Professional travel is an important aspect of the graduate student experience at Illinois State. The Department encourages students to submite papers to regional, national, and international conferences in their fields and strives to support travel expenses incurred while presenting a paper. Graduate students who plan to present a paper at an international, national, or regional conference; who are invited to make presentations of original creative work; who plan to attend a conference for a job interview; or who plan to travel to conduct archival or field research as part of their program of study may apply--once every academic year­-for financial support from the Department of English.

Download the Graduate Student Travel Funding Request form.

How to Apply

Because travel funds are limited, students should submit to the Graduate Secretary the Graduate Travel Request form together with a letter/rationale (a maximum of one page) describing how the trip is conducive to their programs of study/progress toward degree/professional development no later than November 1.

Students meeting this deadline will be given priority consideration. However, we will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis beyond these deadlines in the event that additional travel funds become available.

Travel Funding Guidelines

Funding for graduate student travel will be awarded by a subcommittee of the English Department Graduate Committee on the basis of meritorious proposals as follows:

  • Travel expenses up to a maximum of $200.00 for the purpose of presenting at conferences, presenting creative work upon invitation, conducting archival or field research, or interviewing for positions at academic conferences (excludes travel within a 50-mile radius of Bloomington-Normal). Award is contingent on availability of funds.
  • If funds are available after the initial awarding of travel funds each academic year, students may receive up to a maximum of $500.00 (this sum includes the initial award) for travel beyond a 300-mile radius of campus for the purpose of presenting at conferences, presenting creative work upon invitation, conducting archival or field research, or interviewing for positions at academic conferences. Award is contingent on availability of funds.
  • Travel expenses, up to a maximum of $1000.00, for archival or field research in another country.  Award is contingent on availability of funds, and only one such award will be made annually.

Students must present evidence of conference presentation, invitation to present creative work, archival or field research, or job interview before travel funds will be released.

Past Conferences

English Department graduate students have presented at numerous international, national, and regional conferences in all areas of English Studies including:

  • Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference
  • Association for Study of Literature and Environment
  • Computers and Writing
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication
  • Council of Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication
  • Illinois TESOL-BE Annual Convention
  • Lines, Legacies, Anniversaries: International Pynchon Week
  • The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900
  • The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900
  • Watson Conference

More information about graduate student publications and presentations can be found in the English Departments' Publications and Presentations Newsletter.