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Access to Excellence Fellowship

The 2024 retention fellowship recipients were contacted May 1st.

Due to recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, an applicant’s race/ethnicity is not visible in Slate until after a student has been accepted for admission. Slate and Banner should update within 48 hours of an acceptance. Because of our compressed timeline, we are not anticipating a change to our Feb. 1st deadline. Programs are encouraged to start their admissions decisions promptly in order to determine who is eligible to be nominated for our recruitment fellowships. Programs are encouraged to nominate an eligible individual for the both the Access and the University Fellowship, if eligible.

Spring 2024 recipients

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The goal of the Access to Excellence Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago is to increase the number of students from historically underrepresented groups in graduate education who enter careers as researchers and college faculty.

Formerly the Abraham Lincoln Fellowship, the Access to Excellence Fellowship (AF) has a streamlined application and retains the two rounds of applications: recruitment and retention.

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Recruitment Fellowship Deadline: NOON on February 1, 2024

Retention Fellowship DEADLINE: 4 PM on  April 3, 2024