Please Note: Spring 2018 Application Cycle Complete

Our Spring 2018 application cycle is now complete. We will be accepting applications again in early Spring 2019. The application cycle is very similar from year to year. We leave this page open so you can get a sense of what the grant program will request. We hope that you will consider applying early next year. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Application Procedure

For full consideration, each applicant should provide all of the following:

  1. A cover page containing the title of the research and the applicant’s name, university identification number (UIN), contact information (address, department, university mail code, telephone number, fax number, and email), and advisor’s name and contact information.

  2. A brief, but complete, description of the research, not to exceed four double-spaced pages, written for the non-specialist reader, which clearly states: 

    • The research problem and rationale

    • Relevance to the field of career development

    • How this research adds to the knowledge in the field and addresses under-researched questions or topics

    • Description of the nature and methods of the research project

  3. One-year project timeline.

  4. Up to seven keywords highlighting key features of the research (see examples from past winners on the Larsen Grant website)

  5. Proposed budget indicating how the grant funds would be used directly for research expenses and rationale for the expenditures. (Note: Conference travel to present research will not be funded by this grant.)

  6. A current transcript. (Unofficial copies are acceptable.)

  7. A letter of support that evaluates the research project, speaks to the project’s significance, and endorses the proposed budget. A faculty member, thesis or project advisor, or department head may write this letter.

  8. A statement regarding the status of the Institutional Review Board approval process related to this research project.

  9. Signed “Consent to Release” form (available below).

Completed applications should be addressed to the Larsen Grant Coordinator, Dr. Julia Makela. They may be delivered electronically via email to or in print copy delivered to The Career Center at 715 S. Wright Street, Champaign, IL 61820.

Spring 2018 Requirements of Recipients:

The expected project period for Robert P. Larsen Grants is one year.  All expenses should be incurred and project report completed within that one-year period. All required documents are to be presented to the Larsen Grant Coordinator at The Career Center within one year of receiving this funding (no later than April 5, 2019).

  1. Research funds will be deposited into the recipient’s student account via university voucher, with 50% deposited following receipt of the signed fund acknowledgement form and copy of the IRB approval letter, and the remaining 50% deposited upon receipt of the final written report.

  2. Spring 2017 recipients will present their research findings to the University of Illinois community in the Spring 2018 Larsen Symposium facilitated by The Career Center for Larsen grant recipients (date April 27, 2018). Spring 2018 recipients are strongly encouraged to attend this symposium.

  3. All publications derived from research funded by the Robert P. Larsen Grant will acknowledge support.

  4. Recipients are encouraged to present findings of this research at professional organizations and to submit findings for publication.

Spring 2018 Review Procedures

All complete applications received by Tuesday, March 6, 2018 will be reviewed. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee and carefully evaluated based on the information submitted by the applicant. Award recipient(s) will be notified by March 31, 2018.

Larsen Grant Forms

All applications are required to complete the 2018 Consent to Release Form.
Award recipients will be required to complete the 2018 Award Acknowledgement Form.
Both of these forms are provided below.