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Office of Graduate & International Admissions

Graduate Fellowship Opportunity

Students interested in pursuing a master's or doctoral degree at SIUE may qualify for financial assistance!

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 program provides annual stipends (up to four years) to degree-seeking underrepresented graduate students interested in pursuing a career in higher education.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be an Illinois resident and U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident alien who 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.
  2. Identify with an underrepresented minority group defined in the public act as Black/African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, American Indian or Alaskan Native, which are represented in Illinois post-baccalaureate enrollment at a percentage rate less than the minority group's representation in the total Illinois population.
  3. Be admitted to an SIUE graduate program with no prerequisites or conditions.

Recipient Conditions

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 posted on the DFI website and must be returned via email to the DFI representative no later than 4 p.m. on February 15, 2019.

Please register here for an invitation to the information session.

For questions and further information, contact the DFI representative at SIUE.

Terra Cole Brown, MA
Graduate Program Advisor
McNair, HBCU & MSI Pathway Recruitment Coordinator
Office of Graduate and International Admissions
Phone: 618-650-2727

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Campus Box 1600
Edwardsville, IL 62026