Graduate Student Travel Award

The Personalized Nutrition Initiative Graduate Student Travel Award Fund was created through a generous donation by Drs. Joshua Anthony and Tracy Gautsch Anthony. The goal is to provide opportunities for graduate students to participate (remotely or in person) in scientific conferences, workshops, or professional development activities related to personalized nutrition.

Award recipients will receive up to $1,000 deposited to their University of Illinois student account.


Spring 2024 Application Deadline

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2024 (11:59 pm CST)

Award Notification: by the end of May 2024

Travel Period: Travel should occur during the 12 months following award notification. Retroactive funding will NOT be considered.



Applicants must be registered full-time graduate students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and in good academic standing during the term the award is received. Students in non-degree, online, cost-recovery, and self-supporting programs are ineligible.


Application Evaluation Process

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of Personalized Nutrition Initiative affiliates and the Director will make final decisions. Applicants and their advisors will be informed of the final decisions.


Application Review Criteria

Review criteria include:

  1. The event is relevant to personalized nutrition.
  2. An assessment of how the proposed participation will contribute to the applicant’s professional development.


Application Materials

A complete Graduate Student Travel Award application consists of the following items:

  1. Completed Graduate Student Travel Award Form
  2. Applicant’s CV or resume
  3. A brief letter of support from the applicant’s dissertation or thesis advisor


If you have any questions, please contact Anna Keck, PhD, Assistant Director of the Personalized Nutrition Initiative (