When: Wednesday January 22 at 1:00 PM
Where: 650 University Hall
The UIC Graduate College is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship Program. The primary goal of the DFI Program is to diversify the faculty at colleges and universities in Illinois. The Program is sponsored by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and provides up to four years of fellowship support and a tuition waiver * to qualified graduate students. Graduate students must be committed to pursuing future employment as faculty at institutions of higher education in the state of Illinois upon the completion of their studies. The Program focuses on students from underrepresented groups. Please note: Departmental nominations are due in the Graduate College on or before February 17, 2014. The Graduate College has scheduled workshops in order to assist our graduate students in submitting the most competitive applications for this statewide fellowship!
Graduate students may RSVP for the workshops by contacting Ms. Demetria Ward-Kato, Graduate School Specialist. The Application Workshops will cover all aspects of the fellowship application and will place an emphasis on writing the personal statements. Attached is a flier. Please forward to your students and also post it, prominently, in your department. Candidates are required to submit the completed application to you. Again, the departmental nominations are due in the Graduate College on or before February 17, 2014.
Selection of award recipients in this rigorous competition is based on a comprehensive review of the application materials. All academic fields at the master’s and doctoral level will be considered for this award, however, the DFI Program Board has established the following priorities for this Program:
Due to the state’s budget condition and uncertainty of the FY 2014 state budget, the DFI Program Board is uncertain of the exact amount of the fellowship award. The DFI Program Board is committed to full funding. Because of funding cuts to the DFI Program the past three years, the DFI Program Board voted to fund renewals at $15,000 and new Fellows at $10,500 in FY 2014. Program funding for the 2014-2015 academic year is contingent on the availability of funds appropriated by the Governor and Illinois General Assembly.
Full-time enrollment is required while on the fellowship. Fellows must pursue and accept a full-time teaching or administrative position at an Illinois post-secondary educational institution, Illinois higher education governing board, or an educational-related position at a state agency following the completion of their graduate program for at least the same number of years that they receive the fellowship. Students who apply for the DFI Fellowship must demonstrate financial need. Therefore, they must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before being considered for the award. In order to meet the application deadlines, candidates should complete the FAFSA application by February 14, 2014.
(*The Graduate College will not provide tuition and fee waivers for fellowship recipients who are pursing professional degrees programs at UIC.)