Illinois State University
Illinois State University
Jump over the site's masthead's navigation bar.
Jump over the site's left-side navigation bar.

Undergraduate Professional Development Grant

The University College Undergraduate Professional Development (UPD) grant program provides financial assistance to selected undergraduate students who wish to participate in certain academic or professional development activities of their choosing.


The UPD grant is available to undergraduates who:

  • Are enrolled full-time during the current academic year
  • Are in good academic standing
  • Have a demonstrated financial need
  • Are a first generation student or are in a group traditionally underrepresented in higher education

Grant Uses

The UPD grant may be used to supplement the cost to participate in:

  • Academic conferences (related to student’s major) as a general participant or presenter
  • Study abroad programs
  • Certain internship programs with associated travel and housing expenses (e.g. the Smithsonian Institute, the Washington Center, etc.)
  • Faculty-supervised undergraduate research projects

Selection Process

To be considered as a recipient of an UPD grant, an application with supporting documentation must be submitted to University College. The UPD Grant Selection Committee will review all applications. In selecting grant recipients, the Committee will consider each applicant’s academic performance, financial need, and the academic significance of the proposed activity. Additionally, preference may be given to applicants who are not previous UPD grant recipients. 

Recommended Application Deadlines

Fall Activities: Friday, October 27

Spring/Summer Activities: Friday, February 23

Applications will be accepted after the stated deadlines until 2017-2018 grant funds are depleted, however, they should be submitted prior to the stated deadlines for maximum consideration. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.


Apply Now!



Recommended Application Deadlines

For Fall activities: last Friday of October

For Spring & Summer activities: last Friday in February


Applications & Questions: Contact Christa Platt at

(309) 438-3714 or

Illinois State University

University College
Normal, Il 61790-4060
Phone: (309) 438-3217

© 2015 Illinois State UniversityPrivacy StatementIdentity StandardsAppropriate Use Policy