Advancing Graduate Student Success Award

The UI College of Public Health’s Advancing Graduate Student Success Award program supports its academic and professional graduate students by providing funds for academic- and research-related activities. This program provides funds to assist students in advancing their learning beyond the classroom—whether it be collaborating with a mentor, presenting at a conference, or developing a research project—the possibilities are endless. All MHA, MPH, MS, and PhD students who are currently enrolled in a College of Public Health degree program and in good academic standing are eligible to apply.

Students may apply for multiple or repeated awards over time not to exceed a total of $4,000, awards subject to available funds. If students are applying for funds to compensate research staff time and assistance (e.g., student hourly workers or other staff who assist with research activities), then the budget for this compensation is not to exceed $2,500. If students are applying for travel funds to present at a conference or attend a workshop, the following budget limit applies per request: $750 domestic travel; $1,000 international travel. Requests for travel funding must be submitted six weeks prior to the intended departure date to be considered.

There is a non-exhaustive list of possible purposes for the awards. Examples include support for:

  • Travel to visit a mentor to collaborate with or advise the student.
  • Costs associated with community-based or community-based participatory research.
  • Improving professional development skills (e.g., verbal and writing skills, grant/project budget preparation, grant writing, presentation skills, workshops, and innovative teaching skills).
  • Travel to attend and/or present at a conference.
  • Expenses associated with pre- and post-comp scholarly research activities.

Application Guidelines:  Guidelines are below for each section and the entire application should not exceed two pages total. The endorsement request is not included in the two-page limit. Your application must be submitted as one PDF document.

  1. Budget and Timeframe: Provide a timeframe, budget, budget justification and, if applicable, include support from other sources. Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have sought additional sources of funding (e.g., university, collegiate, or departmental sources) and the degree to which those applications have been successful or not.
  2. Purpose and Description of Request: Provide a description of your goal, how this award will allow you to achieve that goal, and the expected outcome.
  3. Endorsement of Request: A short paragraph (two to three sentences) from your faculty mentor and your DEO on why they endorse this application.

Post-Award Requirement: At the end of the timeframe specified in the application, you will be required to provide a one-page description of how this award had an impact on achieving your goal.

Award Deadline: Applications are reviewed on a rolling monthly basis. Requests can be submitted at any time and will be scheduled for review during the first week each month. Applicants will be notified by the 15th of each month.

Review Committee:  The review committee consists of our five DEOs and the associate dean for academic affairs.

For answers to additional questions, contact Justin Goodchild in the Dean’s Office.

To submit your application, upload it here:

Advancing Graduate Student Success Award Submissions
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