Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Fellowships, and Scholarships
The Department of Curriculum & Instruction does not guarantee financial assistance for any incoming student. Limited financial assistance is available to graduate students on a competitive basis in the form of research and teaching assistantships, tuition waivers, fellowships, and scholarships. However, the department cannot guarantee any financial aid prior to admission. For current students, an e-mail will be sent out early in the spring semester for financial aid applications.
In addition to assistantships within the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, admitted students may look for assistantships elsewhere on campus. The Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) publishes a website called the Assistantship Clearinghouse. They post current assistantships available on campus. Also, the Graduate College Fellowship Office website provides detailed information about various pre-doctoral fellowships, post-doctoral fellowships, traineeships, and grant opportunities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and other universities, foundations, federal agencies, and organizations. Additionally, the Bureau of Educational Research of the College of Education provides information on resources for graduate students and other UIUC funding sources, funding databases, and external funding sources.
Bagley Scholar Fellowship
The William Chandler Bagley Scholar Fellowships are funded from gifts of alumni and friends of the College of Education and named after William Chandler Bagley, an early Director of the former School of Education, who is known for his insistence that both formal training and experience are needed to promote good educational practices. Doctoral students receive $2,000 and master's students receive $1,500.
All required materials must be submitted to the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, 311 Education before 5:00 on February 11.
Davis Leadership Award
The Al S. Davis Leadership Award honors the life and educational career of Al Davis and his long and ongoing relationship with the College of Education. Al Davis strongly believes that all students can learn in an educational climate highlighted by strong leadership. This merit-based award supports a graduate student in the College of Education who intends to pursue a leadership role in teaching/administration in a K-12 urban school environment. Scholars will receive an award of $1,000. Application information.
This merit-based award was established to honor the career of professor emeritus Frederick A. Rodgers, a recipient of the Education Alumni Association's 2002 Distinguished Alumni Award. The Frederick A. Rodgers award supports doctoral candidates in the College of Education who work with underserved students in an urban setting while working full-time as teachers or administrators. Scholars will receive an award to be determined on an annual basis by the Graduate Awards Committee (award not less than $1,000). Application information.
The Joan Kohlenbrener Boruszak Fellowship provides support for an exceptional student in teacher education who plans to teach in the inner city of Chicago or a similar urban area. The student will be nominated by the department for this award. There is no need to apply.
For Graduate College awards that require review and submission by the department, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction requires the following materials to be submitted along with any application:
- Letter of recommendation from adviser
- Current Resume/Curriculum Vitae
- 1 page statement describing why you should receive the award. For Graduate College and Hardie Conference Travel Grants, this should describe what you will be presenting at the conference.
- For Graduate College and Hardie Conference Travel Grant applications, you must also submit the letter of acceptance from the conference.
All applications for Graduate College Awards that require review and submission by the department should be submitted electronically here. Please also send an e-mail to Myranda Lyons when you submit your application.
All applications must be received two weeks prior to the deadline set for the Graduate College for the applicant to submit materials to the department (i.e., if the Graduate College's deadline for materials to be submitted to the department is February 15th, Curriculum and Instruction requires that the materials are due to the department on February 1.) This is to allow ample time for the department's awards committee to review applicants. If no deadline is set by the Graduate College for submission to the department, please submit items 3 weeks prior to Graduate College deadline for submission to the Graduate College.
Graduate College Awards that may be of interest to Curriculum and Instruction Students:
- Dissertation Travel Grant (department deadline: February 23, 2011)
- Dissertation Completion (department deadline: March 22, 2011)
- Conference Travel Grant (department deadline: Spring: February 18, 2011)
Other Forms of Financial Aid
Applicants for financial aid are also encouraged to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Information on student loans is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA). OSFA also provides additional information including answers to common questions and downloadable application forms. The Office of The Registrar publishes financial aid information as well.
For questions regarding what to submit to the department, please contact the Graduate Programs Secretary, Myranda Lyons, at email@example.com
If you are a cooperating teacher and have questions about your waivers, please contact the Council on Teacher Education at 217-333-2804.
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