CEAPS Graduate Student Travel Grant

CEAPS Graduate Student Travel Grant Application

The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) Graduate Student Travel Grant provides travel awards for graduate students to present papers at professional conferences or to conduct dissertation research in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the greater Pacific region. The number of awards is determined each year based on funding availability.

Conference Travel

For AY 2022-2023, at least 8 awards (up to $600 for domestic travel/up to $1,000 for international travel) will be granted per semester. Paper acceptance at the time of application is required.

Dissertation Research Travel

For AY 2022-2023, 1 award (up to $2,000) will be granted per semester to a doctoral student conducting fieldwork research in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the greater Pacific region for periods up to 12 months.



Applicants must be registered full-time and in good academic standing during the term the award is received. Students in non-degree, online, cost-recovery, and self-supporting programs are ineligible.

Applicants may receive only one Conference Travel Award and one Dissertation Research Travel Award per academic year.


Application Requirements

Conference Travel Grant

  • Application form
  • Paper abstract
  • Paper acceptance documentation
  • 1 Letter of recommendation
  • C.V.

Dissertation Research Travel Grant

  • Research plan (up to 1,000 words) outlining research activities, timeline, budget and how the proposed travel is essential for the research and completion of the dissertation.
  • 1 Letter of recommendation
  • C.V.


Application Review/Deadlines

Applications are reviewed and approved semi-annually by the CEAPS Advisory Board. For conference travel, preference will be given to conference presentations with strong East Asian and Pacific Studies focus at national and international conferences. For dissertation travel, the board considers the necessity for travel, the significance, coherence, and feasibility of the proposed research as determined from the proposal, and letters of support. Doctoral students who are not able to conduct fieldwork oversea due to travel restrictions may request support to conduct research in the States.

Fall 2022 Competition

Submission Deadline: Friday, August 26, 2022 (11:59 pm CST)

Award Notification: October 2022

Travel Period: Fall 2022 – Summer 2023

Fall 2022 Online Application Form


Spring 2023 Competition

Submission Deadline: Friday, January 20, 2023 (11:59 pm CST)

Award Notification: March 2023

Travel Period: Spring 2023 – Fall 2023

Spring 2023 Online Application Form


Award Payment

Awards will be offered as reimbursement for travel. Allowable expenses include air travel, lodging, ground transportation, and other travel-related expenses for the awardee only. Awardees are required to submit original receipts supporting travel expenses to CEAPS for reimbursement within one month after travel has concluded.

Campus policy requires students traveling under University sponsorship overseas to enroll in University-approved International Insurance through campus International Safety and Security Office. See Illinois International Safety and Security website for details.



Please direct all questions to CEAPS Associate Director Yuchia Chang at yuchia@illinois.edu