The Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Program Board and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) are pleased to announce the release of the 2013-2014 academic year application for the DFI Fellowship Program. For more than 21 years, the DFI program and its predecessor programs have provided competitive need-based financial awards to underrepresented students who have earned graduate degrees (master’s or doctoral) from a participating Illinois higher education institution.
The DFI program annually provides competitive fellowship awards to over 100 Illinois minority graduate students. The program aids students to complete graduate degrees (master’s or doctoral) leading to a faculty or staff position at Illinois higher education institutions. Applicants must be enrolled full time in order to be eligible for a DFI award.
Due to the state’s budget condition and the uncertainty of the FY2014 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 two years, the DFI Program Board voted to fund renewals at $15,000 and new Fellows at $10,500 in FY2013. Program funding for the 2013-2014 academic year (FY2014) is contingent on the availability of funds appropriated by the Governor and Illinois General Assembly.
Completed application materials must be submitted to the DFI Institutional Representative at the participating institution on or before February 18, 2013, 5:00 p.m. CST. A complete list of the DFI Institutional Representatives can be found on the DFI website at: http://www.ibhe.org/DFI/instRep.asp. It is important that applicants contact the DFI Institutional Representative at their institution to determine if other internal submission deadlines have been established. Incomplete applications or applications submitted after February 18, 2013 will not be considered.