DFI Awards

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Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) fellowships provide financial assistance to graduate students from underrepresented populations with aspirations to becoming future faculty in institutions of higher learning in Illinois. The fellowships are for one year, renewable for up to four years. These are administered through the Office of Diversity and Equity.


  • Bryan Cotton – Higher Education
  • Chelesea Lewellen – Education Administration
  • Kimberly Turner – Political Science
  • Daniel VanOverbeke – Economics