The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) has announced that it is accepting applications for the 2018-19 Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) program. DFI offers fellowships to underrepresented graduate students who intend to teach or become administrators in higher education in the state of Illinois following graduation. See program details here.
To be eligible, a student must be a US citizen or permanent resident, a member of an underrepresented ethnic group, a resident of the state of Illinois, in a master’s or doctoral program, able to demonstrate financial need, and able to demonstrate academic excellence. Applicants must also commit to working full-time in higher education in the state of Illinois starting upon graduation and continuing for as many years as was supported by the fellowship.
Master’s students may receive two years of support; doctoral students may receive four years of support. IBHE has not yet finalized the stipend levels, but we anticipate ~$13,000 for new fellows and ~$15,000 for renewing fellows. Fellowships may also qualify for tuition waivers. For students holding up to a 50% assistantship, the fellowship may be held concurrently with the assistantship.
Students in any discipline are eligible, and students in STEM are especially encouraged to apply.
The deadline for students to submit applications to the Graduate College is February 16, 2018.