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The Handbook is a description of the procedures and requirements of the Political Science Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs at UIC. It is meant to be a first base of reference for graduate students. Procedures and forms are subject to change, so think of this handbook as a living document and remember to seek further advice from the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS), the Department Head, and the rest of your faculty. A student is held to the regulations in place in the handbook at the time the student begins the program, but a student may choose to follow any revisions that occur after the date they entered.


We recommend students keep a copy of the handbook that is in place when they begin the program, so they have a frame of reference as to what regulations apply to them.

Current Handbook

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Depending on the availability of funds, the department will support graduate student academic travel to graduate students representing the department at (presenting) or attending an academic conference. Maximum support is $200 per student/per request. Priority is given to those presenting at conferences.

Political Science Graduate Student Travel Support Application Form

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External Funding must be coordinated with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. They also have an excellent funding search portal to help students source funding opportunities.


Funding Opportunities

Dean’s Scholar Fellowship – The Dean’s Scholar competition is open to doctoral students who have passed the Graduate College-required Preliminary Examination and are well into their dissertation work. This is a one-year, non-renewable award presented by the Dean of the Graduate College in recognition of a student’s scholarly achievement. The award is intended to provide the most distinguished, advanced-level graduate students with a period of time dedicated solely to the completion of their programs. Eligibility requirements and information on the nomination process appear below.  Applications will be reviewed by the Graduate College Awards Committee and winners announced in late April.


Graduate College Student Presenter Awards  –  The Graduate College offers up to $150.00 (depending on actual expenses) to eligible graduate students to help to defray costs associated with presenting original research or scholarly work at a meeting or conference. The meeting or conference must be a part of a nationally or internationally recognized scientific or scholarly society. Applicants must be presenting the original research or scholarly work themselves. The award may be used for transportation (outside the Chicago metropolitan area only), hotel, meals, and/or registration expenses.

  • If you’re interested in this award, you must submit an application AFTER you present at the event, along with proof that you presented.


President’s Research in Diversity Travel Assistance Program – This competitive award program has been established for the purpose of promoting diversity and the understanding of diversity within the University. Recipients are provided a certificate and funding, not to exceed $600, to travel to a professional conference. Awards will be presented to up to ten (10) University of Illinois students in each biannual awards cycle. The reimbursement of travel expenses through these conference travel awards is intended to support student candidates who will be presenting papers, posters, or creative work at conferences related to issues of diversity or identity, such as those involving race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, and national origin, in service to the University’s interest in a diverse learning community.

Use the following hyperlinks to explore Other Funding Resources, Online Funding Resources, and National & International Opportunities.

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