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Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Fellowship

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 combined the Illinois Consortium for Educational Opportunity Program (ICEOP) and the Illinois Minority Graduate Incentive Program (IMGIP) into one fellowship program. The purpose of DFI Fellowship Program is to increase the number of underrepresented faculty and staff in Illinois institutions of higher education and higher education governing boards.

State of Illinois Board of Higher Education  - DFI Fellowship Program Home Page

The DFI Fellowship Program has been suspended until further notice [updated on: 5/2017].  

DFI Fellowship Program Application Workshops

Workshops cover the elements of a successful application for the campus and state levels competitions.

RSVP via the following link: [To be announced]

DFI Fellowship Program Application Instructions

*Applicants are required to submit the completed application to their department including the Transmittal Form. The departmental nominations are due in the Graduate College on or before: [Date to be announced]. If you have questions regarding the DFI Fellowship Program please contact Dr. Lunaire Ford, Assistant Dean at: or (312) 413-2556.

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. Click here for: FAFSA Website . Also, see the Graduate Student Guide from the Office of Student Financial Aid for more information.