The Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) program, administered through the Illinois Board of Higher Education, provides awards of $12,500 or more per year for students from traditionally underrepresented groups to pursue graduate degrees at Illinois institutions. An applicant must be an Illinois resident to be considered for this award, which is renewable up to four years. An award recipient must agree to accept a teaching or non-teaching full-time appointment at an Illinois institution of higher education or a position at one of the higher education governing or coordinating boards in Illinois for a period equal to the number of years of the award. The DFI website for application information and guidelines is DFI . Applications are usually available in December or January. Applications are due in the Graduate School two (2) weeks before the DFI application deadline. The SIUE campus representative is Venessa Brown, Assistant Provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org . Information is also available through the Provost's Office, Rendleman Hall, room 3102, box 1021, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1021.