Speaker gives lecture at Illinois Language and Linguistics Society conference
Speaker gives lecture at Illinois Language and Linguistics Society conference at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

The School of Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics sponsors conferences, colloquia, workshops, and individual speakers that enrich our research, pedagogical, and public engagement mission.

These diverse and engaging events contribute to creating a vibrant intellectual environment in which faculty and students thrive.

Sponsorship types

We will consider the following types of sponsorship, based on the size of the event and nature of the activity supported, as well as the availability of funds:

1. Individual (stand-alone) speaker and co-sponsorship of activities organized by non-SLCL units (maximum $500)
2. SLCL small conference/workshop, up to 15 participants (maximum $1,500)
3. SLCL large conference, more than 15 participants (maximum $3,000)
4. SLCL recurring on-campus conference (maximum $1,000 per academic year)

Deadlines for all SLCL conference support and individual (stand-alone) speaker and co-sponsorship of activities organized by non-SLCL units (items 1-4) are:

  • August 22, 2024
  • November 11, 2024
  • March 14, 2025

Submissions are due by 5:00 p.m. on the dates listed above. Applications submitted after the deadline will automatically be held over for the next deadline. 

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Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance and impact of the activity to the department/unit to the school and the university. Activities sponsored by more than one SLCL unit will have priority.
  • Co-sponsorship (including financial support) of the requesting unit and other units beyond SLCL is required.
  • Budget appropriateness, in terms of the activity proposed and of the sponsoring unit(s)' available resources.
  • Student and/or community involvement or impact. Activities which engage students and/or the public will have priority.

Requirements and eligibility

  • Applications must be submitted by the deadlines specified above. Retroactive applications will not be considered.
  • Applications must be made by faculty in or outside SLCL, through an SLCL department/program, and supported by at least one SLCL executive officer.
  • Supporting unit must contribute financially to the event, in proportion to its available resources.
  • Specialized faculty may also apply. Applications may not be made directly by graduate students, although joint applications with SLCL faculty are acceptable.
  • SLCL must be prominently credited in all publicity for events it sponsors. If SLCL is the largest financial sponsor, the activity should be designated as an SLCL lecture/conference plus the organizing department.

Financial requirements

  • No portion of these funds may be used for alcohol.
  • Financial support will have to be used within a year of the event. Funds that were not used after that date will have to be returned to SLCL.
  • All award expenditures must comply with university and state regulations for account administration, as outlined in the Business and Financial Policies and Procedures Manual.