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DFI Informational Meetings for 2012-13

Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Program

The DFI offers fellowships to graduate students attending colleges and/or universities in the state of 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.

2013-2014 application materials are now posted on the DFI web site at the following link:


A DFI Fellow must be an Illinois resident and U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident alien who is a member of an Underrepresented Group: Black/African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, American Indian or Alaskan Native. "Traditionally underrepresented minority group" means any of the minority groups designated in the Public Act which are represented in Illinois post-baccalaureate enrollment at a percentage rate less than the minority group's representation in the total Illinois population. The Public Act further specifies that to be classified as an Illinois resident, an applicant must possess a high school diploma or postsecondary degree from an accredited Illinois educational institution or have lived in Illinois for at least three years.

If you have an interest in pursuing a Masters or Doctorate degree and remaining in Illinois, come, learn more about the program, and get information on eligibility and conditions of the DFI Award. If you would like to know more about the program prior to the informational, you may go to


Thursday, November 29, 2012 3:30 to 4:30 PM

Thursday, January 24, 2013 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Monday, February 4, 2013 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Provost's Conference Room (3102 Rendleman Hall)

Please click here to register for any of these events. Anyone interested in learning more about the DFI Program is welcome to attend.

Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.

For questions please contact Prince Wells @ ext. 2675 or Venessa Brown at

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