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Illinois Distinguished Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars Program

Individuals from underrepresented groups (all fields) and women (in STEM) who are promising candidates for campus faculty positions may be nominated for the Illinois Distinguished Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Program. Funding is available to support up to four post-doctoral research associate or visiting scholar positions that would enhance campus diversity. Candidates do not apply directly, but are nominated by academic units that wish to hire them.

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Priority will be given to external candidates, preferably identified through a search. A faculty mentor/sponsor advises each Postdoc or Scholar with the goal of preparing them for tenure-track assistant professor appointments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Examples of units that have housed the Illinois Distinguished Postdoctoral Program include: African American Studies; College of Law; Department of Educational Policy, Organization and Leadership; Department of Urban and Regional Planning; and the School of Architecture.

The Illinois Distinguished Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Program is administered by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, the Office for Access & Equity, and the DRIVE faculty recruitment and retention committee. More about the DRIVE Committee.