The Illinois State Academy of Science encourages Illinois high school, undergraduate, and graduate student research.
In support of this effort, this year we doubled the award values for the competitive research grants. Grant amounts are up to $200 for high school students, up to $500 for undergraduate students, and up to $1,000 for graduate students. These grants are intended to support your research efforts, and cannot include funds for salary, standard equipment, tuition, travel to meetings, manuscript preparation, publication costs, or payment of indirect costs such as facilities and administration.
Only online applications are accepted, with submissions opening in mid-November each year through mid-January. Applicants are notified of their award status in March.
Both the student applicant and the research advisor must be members of the Illinois State Academy of Science. You can see our membership page to join online immediately. Your research advisor may join online if they are not already a member. Your research advisor will also be contacted for a letter of support, or they can send it directly to ISAS via our Contact page.
If you are a previous award recipient you may apply for a second year of support, but not for a third year. However, each application is treated individually, so previous award receipt does not guarantee continuing support.
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