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UIC Pipeline to an Inclusive Faculty (PIF) Program 2021

Summer 2021 Competition for Rising 2nd- and 3rd-Year PhD Students

PIF Objective

Acknowledging the lack of diversity in faculty around the country, we wanted to build a program at UIC to recruit and support outstanding historically underrepresented PhD students, who are interested in pursuing careers as faculty members. Our intent is to support these students with competitive funding packages, skills and professional development opportunities, and mentoring in order to ensure success in graduate school and in their future careers. ONE nomination per doctoral program.

Overview of the PIF Program

  • Selection Process: Normally, during the recruitment season, we select five historically underrepresented scholars in PhD programs in any discipline from among the Access and University Fellowship applicants. This competition seeks to add to our existing cohorts.
  • Funding: Scholars will receive adequate funding so that they will be able to concentrate on their scholarship and skills development and progress to degree in a timely fashion. PIF Scholars will receive three years of funding at $28,000 and one year of top-off funding at $10,000 to add to the stipend provided by a teaching assistantship.
  • Mentoring: Scholars will be paired with both a senior student peer mentor from their program and a faculty mentor who is outside of their department and who is not their research advisor. They will also be part of a peer-mentoring network, including students at all stages of their graduate programs, and participate in research presentation seminars, writing groups and community building events.
  • Grant Writing Experience: Scholars will apply for the Provost’s Graduate Research, Provost’s Graduate Internship Award, the Award for Graduate Research research funding, and/or external funding by their third year in the program.
  • Teaching Experience and Training: Scholars will serve as teaching assistants to build their teaching skills. Scholars will also enroll in at least one semester of an approved teaching course, and will be encouraged to complete the GC Foundations of College Instruction certificate.
  • Mentoring skills: To build their mentoring skills, scholars will serve as “Research Team Leaders” in the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) for one summer, or participate in another mentoring extended mentoring experience.
  • Networking in Field: Scholars will be provided with funds to attend discipline specific meetings (or travel for their research) in order to build a national presence and network for job placement.
  • Professional development: Scholars will be expected to fulfill all professional development requirements in their own department and in addition attend other selected workshops.

Summer 2021 Competition

Current PIF Fellow Profiles

Pipeline to an Inclusive Faculty Fellowship (PIF) Selection FAQ – Summer 2021 Competition

Q1: How are students nominated? A1: Applicants must be nominated by their graduate program. Limit ONE nomination per doctoral program.

Q2: What are the selection criteria? A2: PIF fellows are selected based on academic achievement, promise, future faculty career goals, and fit with the existing cohorts.

Q3: Are all UIC graduate students eligible? A3: Only UIC PhD students who will be entering their second or third year of study in August 2021 will be considered. 

Q4: Are unofficial transcripts sufficient? A4: Transcripts from institutions where post-secondary degrees were earned may be copies of the official transcript; UIC transcripts may be unofficial.

Q5: May letters of recommendations from one’s application for graduate study be used? A5: Yes.

Q6: Must the nominating program promise one year of teaching assistantship? A6: It depends. If the nominee has already served two semesters as a teaching assistant (TA) and/or instructor of record at 0.50 FTE (or higher), then this requirement has already been fulfilled. If the nominee has not yet served as TA, the program must promise nine months of TA experience. See the Statement of Financial Support Form.



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DEADLINE: 4 pm, JULY 1, 2021 (CDT)