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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

Transmittal Form

Intent to Apply/Eligibility Determination Form  *All applicants must complete prior to application process

2014-2015 DFI Application

Click here for: FAFSA Website

DFI Workshops:

Workshops cover logistics of preparing the application and writing personal statements

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 10:00am
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:00pm
University Hall room 650

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*Applicants are required to submit the completed application to their department. The departmental nominations are due in theGraduateCollegeon or before February 17, 2014. 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.