Grants & Scholarships

ACDIS offers two types of scholarships:

  • ACDIS Undergraduate Travel Scholarships for Internships and Study Abroad Research in International Security
  • Directors Fund Award

ACDIS Undergraduate Travel Scholarships

for Internships and Study Abroad Research in International Security

The Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security (ACDIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) announces the availability of scholarship awards in amounts up to $500 to support undergraduates engaged in an approved internship or study abroad research program during Winter 2015, Spring 2016, Summer 2016, and Fall 2016.

These scholarships are designed to subsidize student engagement in internships abroad relevant to international security, and applications fitting this description have the greatest chance of success. In addition, students seeking funding assistance for internship placements in the United States with a significant international security component or traditional study abroad programs that include a significant amount of independent research on a topic pertaining to international security are also eligible for support.

Award recipients will be required to produce either a paper or poster on a topic related to international security and will present their research at an ACDIS-sponsored event the semester following their return.

ACDIS Undergraduate Travel Scholarship Application

Deadline for Application Submission and Awards Notification
For full consideration, the entire application package must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the deadline date. Please see ACDIS Undergraduate Travel Scholarship Application for details.

Deadlines:

  • Friday, October 16, 2015 – Winter 2015 Awards
  • Friday, November 13, 2015 – Spring 2016 Awards
  • Friday, March 4, 2016 – Summer and Fall 2016 Awards

Application package must be submitted via email to:

Award notifications:

  • Monday, November 16, 2015 – Winter 2015 Awards
  • Monday, December 14, 2015 – Spring 2016 Awards
  • Monday, April 4, 2016 – Summer and Fall 2016 Awards

Award decisions will be made by the ACDIS Director in consultation with the Associate Director, and members of the Executive Committee. All decisions are final.

For more information about this opportunity, please contact the ACDIS office by phone at

(217) 333-7086 or email at .

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ACDIS Directors Fund Award

ACDIS is proud to announce the Directors Fund Award! This Award will be given to competitive students to pursue research or policy work in the field of International Security. Applicants must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students in good standing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The 2016 Directors Fund Award will be a special event to commemorate the launch of this Award. ACDIS will offer three (3) awards for the amount of $3,500 each for summer 2016.

The awards may be used for one of two purposes:

  • To support a travel, housing, and living costs for students completing unpaid summer internships in the area of international security and policy.
  • To support travel, housing, and living costs for students performing summer field work for research projects in international security and policy.

Award recipients will be required to work with ACDIS staff to produce a publishable report or article for Fall 2016.

ACDIS Directors Fund Award Application

Deadline for Application Submission and Awards Notification
For full consideration, the entire application package must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the deadline date. Please see ACDIS Directors Fund Award Application for details.

Deadline: Friday, March 4, 2016 at 5:00PM.

Awards Notification: Monday, April 4, 2016 – Summer and Fall 2016 Awards

Award decisions will be made by the ACDIS Director in consultation with the Associate Director, and members of the Executive Committee. All decisions are final.

For more information about this opportunity, please contact the ACDIS office by phone at

(217) 333-7086 or email at .