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Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Fellowship (DFI)

2020-2021 Application

The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) releases the application in early 2020.  As soon as released, we will update here so please check back.  In the meantime, you may visit IBHE's website for more information on the scholarship.  https://www.ibhe.org/dfi.html

 

1920-2020 Application

The 2019-2020 New and Renewal applications for the Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Program are now posted on the Illinois Board of Higher Education's (IBHE) website at https://www.ibhe.org/dfi.html.  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 NLU's DFI Institutional Representative on or before Friday, February 15, 2019, 5:00 p.m. CST.  A complete list of the DFI Institutional Representatives can be found on the DFI website at https://www.ibhe.org/dfiinstRep.aspIncomplete applications or applications submitted after Friday, February 15, 2019 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.

Program funding for the 2019-2020 academic year (FY2020) is contingent on the availability of funds appropriated by the Governor and Illinois General Assembly.

Students who are pursuing a second Master's degree are not eligible to receive funding, therefore, your application will not be considered if you choose to apply.

Although you may have received the DFI Application, all information that you submit must go through your Graduate School/Institutional Representative.  Please DO NOT forward or submit any applications and/or documentation directly to the 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 2019-2020 academic year DFI New application and material must be submitted directly to the DFI Institutional Representative on or before Friday, February 15, 2019The following documents constitute a complete New DFI application:

  • Official Acceptance Letter
  • 2018-2019 DFI New Application
  • DFI New Application Screening Page
  • Completed Financial Form-page (14) of the DFI Application
  • 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

NLU has a limit of ten (10) new applications that can be submitted for consideration, therefore, the first ten (10) completed applications that are received will be submitted.

Thank you for your interest in the DFI program for 2019-2020. DFI recipients who have questions regarding the DFI Renewal Application proccess, please contact the NLU's DFI Institutional Representative or Dr. Arthur Sutton, Deputy Director Diversity and Outreach at (217) 557-7347 or via e-mail: DFI@ibhe.orgIf you will not be renewing your DFI Fellowship in 2019-2020, please contact DFI immediately to let them know and provide the reason as to why you are not planning to renew your DFI Fellowship.

Best of Luck to you!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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    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
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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
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