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Diversifying Faculty in Illinois

The Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Program (DFI) was established by the Illinois General Assembly and signed as Public Act 093-0862 on August 4, 2004. This act combined the Illinois Minority Graduate Incentive Program (IMGIP) and the Illinois Consortium for Educational Opportunity Program (ICEOP). This program provides annual stipends (up to four years) to degree-seeking underrepresented graduate students interested in pursuing a career in higher education. Upon graduation, fellowship recipients are obligated to actively seek and accept, when offered, a teaching or non-teaching full-time appointment at an Illinois post-secondary educational institution for the same amount of time as funded.

Application materials are now posted on the DFI web site at the following link:

For further information contact Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - DFI Representative:

Venessa A. Brown , Ph.D.
Assistant Chancellor for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
Professor, Social Work
(618) 650-5867

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