Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois
The Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Program (DFI)—formerly known as the IMGIP/ICEOP—was established by the Illinois General Assembly and signed as Public Act 093-0862 on August 4, 2004. This act combines the Illinois Consortium for Educational Opportunity Program (ICEOP) and the Illinois Minority Graduate Incentive Program (IMGIP) into a single fellowship program. The purpose of DFI is to increase the number of underrepresented faculty and staff in Illinois institutions of higher education and higher education governing boards.
DFI Home Page
Intent to Apply/Eligibility Determination Form *All applicants must complete prior to application process
2013-2014 DFI Application (writable pdf)
Applicants must complete a 2013-2014 FAFSA online no later than February 15, 2013
Click here for: FAFSA Website
Application Deadline: February 18, 2013
Applicants are required to submit the completed application to their department. The departmental nominations are due in the Graduate College on or before February 18, 2013.
Fellowships and Student Loans
A fellowship will affect federal student loan or work-study. Typically, students with fellowships may not be permitted to borrow small amouns of federal loans due to cose of attendance regulation. Check with the Office of Student Financial Aid on eligibility requirements.
If you have already received a refund for the current year in federal loans and you acccept a fellowship, you may be responsible to return this refund to UIC. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information.
If applying for loans and/or work-study a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed. See the Graduate Student Guide from the Office of Student Financial Aid for more information.