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New to campus?

See the Quick Guide - 10 easy steps to help you get set up. 

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Graduate College Resources  - tailored to the needs of graduate students

Earning a graduate degree is an academic and professional journey. You have an academic home in your department, but as a graduate student enrolled in the Graduate College, you are also part of a large vibrant community here at Illinois. The Graduate College serves this community by providing resources tailored to the needs of graduate students. As you progress through your academic program, remember to take advantage of these resources that will assist you with your professional development and academic goals. 

Assistantship Clearinghouse

The Assistantship Clearinghouse lists assistantships available to graduate students at the University of Illinois. Please note that most assistantships are awarded by academic departments directly to their own students. This clearinghouse lists positions for which departments or other campus units seek additional applicants. Because posting change, please check frequently. Other resources for campus employment include the Research Park Job Board and the Virtual Job Board

Funding Opportunities

  • SEARCH - Browse our Fellowship Finder database to find a fellowship that’s right for you

  • LEARN - See our online resources and take our grant-writing workshops to learn the art of proposal writing

  • REFINE - Utilize our one-on-one proposal review service to create your most competitive proposal

Professional & Career Development

  • SUCCEEDGet tools you need to succeed in graduate school and beyond

  • EXPLOREDiscover broad and exciting career options that use your advanced skills

  • SEARCHLand the job for you with effective application materials and interview preparation

  • CONNECTMake connections with alumni and employers in your chosen fields

Thesis Deposit

  • DEVELOPMENT - Research, write, repeat. Find writing and research support, make use of copyright tools, become familiar with Graduate College format requirements

  • DEPARTMENT APPROVAL - Are you ready to defend? Be aware of important deadlines, file your title page, get ready to defend your thesis, review release options, obtain departmental approval

  • GRAD COLLEGE APPROVAL - Prepare for your deposit. Prepare your submission, submit your thesis for Graduate College review, complete your deposit


The Graduate College Ombudsperson helps graduate students, faculty, and staff navigate policies, procedures, and problems. Ombudsperson services offer individual assistance with sensitive issues, questions, and problems affecting a graduate student’s academic career.