Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships


The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) invites applications for the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Program to begin fall 2019. UIS celebrates its diversity with a campus comprised of students and faculty of various ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. Of the approximately 5,000 students enrolled, about 20% are African-American and Hispanic students, and 13% are international. UIS is committed to improve diversity in research, teaching, and service through the recruitment of culturally and academically diverse graduate students who are completing their dissertation.

Fellows Responsibilities

Fellows will teach one course each semester in an area related to their academic preparation and a need of the department hosting the fellow. Fellows will devote significant time to the completion of the dissertation. Fellows may also work with a faculty mentor and will have opportunities to present their research at a number of University and professional venues. This is a full-time position and fellows may not be employed outside of the University, or receive additional fellowships or awards during the fellowship period unless approved by the University.

Fellows will receive academic year faculty appointments and will be eligible for benefits, including health insurance. Annual salary is $30,000. Fellows should be eligible for employment. Additionally, fellows will receive support for research, professional travel, and other related expenses.

Minimum Qualifications

Fellows must be dissertation stage doctoral degree candidates in the following fields: Accountancy, African American Studies, Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Educational Leadership, Human Development Counseling, Human Services, Legal Studies, Management Information Systems, Mathematics, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Work, and Teacher Education. These academic offerings are housed in the Colleges of Business and Management, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Services, and Public Affairs and Administration at UIS.

Additional Qualifications

Qualified candidates who would enhance the diversity of UIS faculty or who have significant experience in educational programs and environments characterized by a strong emphasis on diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Find the position on the UIS Job Board at under “Faculty”, select the "Apply For Position" tab at the bottom of the page, create or update your profile and upload a cover letter of application addressing your interest in the position, a CV, and the name and contact information (phone and email address) for your dissertation advisor. To maintain the integrity and confidentiality of the search process, applicants are asked to upload their own materials. The search committee will give full consideration to those applicants who complete the online application and upload all required materials by January 15, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. Review of applications will begin on January 16, 2019, and will continue until the positions are filled or the search for Fall 2019 positions is terminated.

UIS is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive campus community. Persons with disabilities, women, and minorities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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Our Springfield Community

The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) is a premier public university that provides students with a high-quality liberal arts education, exceptional public affairs opportunities, and outstanding professional preparation programs. UIS is one of three universities of the world-class University of Illinois system and has been ranked by US News & World Report as one of the top 10 regional public universities in the Midwest.

Faculty members are accomplished teacher-scholars, and UIS has a national reputation for innovation in teaching and excellence in online education. Located in the state capital, UIS has established a reputation for Leadership lived, based upon four core strengths: the educational richness of its teaching-focused academic experience; the abundant opportunities it provides for students to collaborate with faculty and gain practical experience through institutional partners; the right-sized supportive community it offers; and its tradition of educating public servants and leaders in private and public sectors. UIS is a community-engaged campus whose students contribute over 66,000 hours of community service each year.

The surrounding Springfield community offers a wonderful quality of life. A lively entertainment scene includes jazz, blues, community theatre, municipal opera, comedy, and live music, including downtown music festivals. Additional cultural and sporting attractions are conveniently located a few hours away in St. Louis, Chicago, and Indianapolis. With a population of about 117,000, Springfield offers great restaurants, shopping, and other city amenities while retaining the friendliness and affordability of small-town living (and without the heavy traffic). The area also has a wide variety of recreational opportunities, including biking and hiking trails, ice rinks, sports complexes, and several first-class golf courses. Lake Springfield offers fishing, boating, and other recreational water activities. Springfield is also home to a wildlife sanctuary, zoo, lakeside memorial gardens, botanical gardens, and one of the world’s largest carillons.

Springfield was home to Abraham Lincoln, our nation’s sixteenth president and one of its most famous political figures. A historical downtown area features the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, the Old State Capitol, the Lincoln historical district, historic reenactments and events, the Illinois State Museum, and a variety of specialty shops and restaurants which make Springfield the most prominent tourist destination in central Illinois.

Springfield is also home to the second Illinois Medical District (the first being in Chicago) and includes two major medical centers, Memorial Health Systems and HSHS St. John’s Health Systems, as well as the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The medical community and state government are the two largest employers in Springfield.

Springfield offers daily Amtrak service to St. Louis and Chicago as well as to points beyond. A regional airport offers daily service to major hubs in Chicago and Dallas. City bus service is provided from the UIS campus to various locations around the city.

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