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Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Fellowship(DFI)

The Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Program Board and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) are pleased to announce the release of the 2018-2019 academic year application for the DFI Fellowship Program. For more than 23 years, the DFI program and its predecessor programs have provided competitive need-based financial awards to underrepresented students who have earned graduate degrees (master’s or doctoral) from a participating Illinois higher education institution.

Completed application materials must be submitted to the DFI Institutional Representative at the participating institution on or before February 16, 2018, 5:00 p.m. CST. A complete list of the DFI Institutional Representatives can be found on the DFI website at: http://www.ibhe.org/DFI/instRep.asp. It is important that applicants contact the DFI Institutional Representative at their institution to determine if other internal submission deadlines have been established. Incomplete applications or applications submitted after February 16, 2018 will not be considered.

The DFI Program was established by the Illinois General Assembly and signed as Public Act 093-0862 on August 4, 2004. The DFI program annually provides competitive fellowship awards to over 100 Illinois minority graduate students. The program aids students to complete graduate degrees (master’s or doctoral) leading to a faculty or staff position at Illinois higher education institutions. Applicants must be enrolled full time in order to be eligible for a DFI award.

In FY2018, the DFI Program Board awarded Renewal recipients $15,000 and New Fellows $13,000. Program funding for the 2018-2019 academic year (FY2019) is contingent on the availability of funds appropriated by the Governor and Illinois General Assembly.

Although you have received the DFI application, all information that you submit must go through your Institutional Representative. Please DO NOT forward or submit any documentation directly to the Illinois Board of Higher Education DFI Program.

*Completion of the New Applicant Preliminary Questionnaire form is required for consideration in the DFI Program.This form replaces the online registration form.

Completed 2018-2019 academic year DFI application forms must be submitted directly to the DFI Institutional Representative on or before February 16, 2018. The following documents constitute a complete DFI application:

  • Official acceptance letter
  • 2018-2019 DFI New Application
  • DFI New Applicant Screening Page-Use this in place of the online registration form
  • Completed financial form
  • Professional goals statement-Please provide a list of your academic awards, presentations, publications, and honors in your Professional Goals Statement.  
  • Voter Registration Card, if required
  • Statement of Underrepresented Status
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts

Thank you for your interest in the DFI program for 2018-2019. DFI recipients who have questions regarding the DFI Renewal Application process, please contact the DFI Institutional Representative at a participating institution or Dr. Arthur Sutton, Deputy Director Diversity and Outreach at (217) 557-7347 or via e-mail: DFI@ibhe.org.  

Best of Luck to you!

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  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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