Nominate Future Winners

Honor and celebrate the accomplishments of deserving alumni, faculty, and current students for their globally-focused work and/or scholarship with a nomination for the International Achievement Awards.

The deadline for all nominations has been extended to October 10, 2016.

Nomination Criteria & Required Documents

Madhuri and Jagdish N. Sheth International Alumni Award for Exceptional Achievement

Established in 2000 with a generous gift from Dr. Jagdish and Mrs. Madhuri Sheth, this award recognizes the University's distinguished international alumni.

Nomination Criteria

  • Have received a degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In exceptional cases, attendance for one academic year may be sufficient.
  • Have been a citizen of a country other than the United States at the time he/she enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Have distinguished him/herself in activities in a country other than the United States or in an international context.
  • Is not currently a member of the University of Illinois faculty, staff, or Board of Trustees.
  • Must be highly distinguished in his/her business, profession, or life's work, either internationally or nationally, in his or her own country.
  • Must be of such stature and accomplishment that students, faculty, and staff of the Urbana-Champaign campus will take pride in and be inspired by his/her recognition.
  • Must be an individual whose contributions to humanity, science, art, or human welfare have helped the citizens of his/her country and/or the global population.
  • Must be an individual whose life activities reflect the importance of his/her education at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Required Documents

  • Nominator must complete the nomination form online (The nomination form can be filled out online and required documents can be uploaded through the form.)
  • Narrative (The narrative should describe the nominee's qualities, achievements, and work, and how these reflect the award criteria. Not to exceed 5 pages.)
  • Nominee's CV/Resume (Short version; not to exceed 5 pages.)
  • Three Letters of Support

Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement

Established by the Provost in 2001 and endowed in 2006, this award recognizes an Illinois faculty member for exemplary accomplishments in the international arena.

Nomination Criteria

  • Must have a full-time faculty appointment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Must have a significant record of achievement and recognition for international work.
  • Must be of such stature and accomplishment that students, faculty, and staff of the Urbana-Champaign campus will take pride in and be inspired by his/her recognition.
  • Must be an individual whose contributions to humanity, science, art, or human welfare have made a positive impact internationally.

Required Documents

  • Nominator must complete the nomination form online (The nomination form can be filled out online and required documents can be uploaded through the form.)
  • Narrative (The narrative should describe the nominee's qualities, achievements, and work, and how these reflect the award criteria. Not to exceed 5 pages.)
  • Nominee's CV/Resume (Short version; not to exceed 5 pages.)
  • Letter of Support from the nominee’s department head.
  • Names and contact information of two references.

Charles C. Stewart International Young Humanitarian Award

Established in 2005, this award recognizes the accomplishments of Illinois' young humanitarians whose dedicated international service exemplifies the highest ideals of selflessness and dedication.

Nomination Criteria

  • Have been a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign within 7 years of his/her nomination and/or be under 35 years of age.
  • Be a U.S. citizen during his/her tenure at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • May not be a current employee of the University.
  • Be an individual whose activities reflect the objectives of service, pragmatism, and idealism embodied by the educational mission of the University of Illinois as a land-grant university.
  • Have contributed significantly, either as a volunteer or in a professional capacity, to the advancement, education, health and well-being, or security of people in a country other than the United States, or to global human welfare generally.
  • Be of such accomplishment that students, alumni, faculty, and staff of the Urbana-Champaign campus, as well as the general public, will be inspired by the recognition of his or her work abroad.
  • Be an individual whose courage and dedication to the welfare of people at the grass-roots level exemplifies the highest ideals of selflessness and humanitarian service.

Required Documents

  • Nominator must complete the nomination form online (The nomination form can be filled out online and required documents can be uploaded through the form.)
  • Narrative (The narrative should describe the nominee's qualities, achievements, and work, and how these reflect the award criteria. Not to exceed 5 pages.)
  • Nominee's CV/Resume (Short version; not to exceed 5 pages.)
  • Letter(s) of Support (Optional)

Illinois International Graduate Achievement Award

This award recognizes an Illinois graduate student whose innovative and sustained international research or public service abroad has had the greatest impact.

Nomination Criteria

  • Must be a graduate student whose research or service was undertaken while enrolled at Illinois or in an affiliated program.
  • Documented evidence of academic research and/or public service that has led to new or increased interaction between University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the target community.
  • Sustained and verifiable academic or service leadership demonstrating innovation in working for the betterment and well-being of citizens and/or communities around the world.
  • Must have a minimum 3.5 GPA.
  • Demonstrated scholarly, professional, and/or personal growth as a result of the experience.
  • Use of a language other than English preferred, wherein proficiency in the foreign language was gained through study at Illinois or another accredited university.
  • Direct interaction with local communities or external organizations in another country to undertake problem-solving and improve quality of life for the local community.
  • Generation of new knowledge or adding to an existing body of knowledge through a research or service project.

Required Documents

  • Nominator must complete the nomination form online (The nomination form can be filled out online and required documents can be uploaded through the form.)
  • Narrative (The narrative should describe the activity or service for which recognition is merited. Not to exceed 3 pages. Note: Documentation verifying the activities or services, such as a brochure, news article, photograph, etc., may also be submitted but is not required.
  • Letter of Recommendation (required for self-nominations only) Note: Self-nominations MUST include a letter of recommendation from a mentor, adviser, or program supervisor who can confirm the information outlined in the narrative. A letter of support/recommendation may be included but is not required for all other nominations.
  • Unofficial Transcript (The transcript will verify enrollment status and GPA.)

Illinois International Undergraduate Achievement Award

This award recognizes an Illinois undergraduate student (U.S. citizen or international) for a significant service or contribution resulting from participation in an international study course, program, or project.

Nomination Criteria

  • Must be an undergraduate student in at least the second year of study at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Must have a minimum 3.5 GPA.
  • The student must have achieved a meritorious act or undertaken a sustained activity, which made a positive impact on the international programming and/or mission of a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, at the departmental or college level.
  • The achievement or service must be verifiable to the satisfaction of the selection committee.

Required Documents

  • Nominator must complete the nomination form online (The nomination form can be filled out online and required documents can be uploaded through the form.)
  • Narrative (The narrative should describe the activity or service for which recognition is merited. Not to exceed 3 pages. Note: Documentation verifying the activities or services, such as a brochure, news article, photograph, etc., may also be submitted but is not required.
  • Letter of Recommendation (required for self-nominations only) Note: Self-nominations MUST include a letter of recommendation from a mentor, adviser, or program supervisor who can confirm the information outlined in the narrative. A letter of support/recommendation may be included but is not required for all other nominations.
  • Unofficial Transcript (The transcript will verify enrollment status and GPA.)




Additional Information

Selection committees convened by Illinois International colleges will evaluate and rank the nominations. The nominee receiving the highest ranking will be awarded. Nominators will be notified regarding the status of their nomination(s) in December.

Nominations will roll over for up to three academic years (two for the graduate and undergraduate awards) as long as the applicant continues to meet all of the eligibility requirements. Nominations do not have to be updated in order to be included in the next award cycle, but nominators will be invited (and are encouraged) to submit updated material each year.

Contact

Materials may also be sent to:

Illinois International Programs
Attn: International Achievement Award Nomination
507 E. Green St., Room 417 (MC-417)
Champaign, IL 61820

For questions about the awards or nomination process, please email: support-international@illinois.edu or call (217) 244-7657.