Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships – Fall 2021 – On Campus



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Springfield, IL

Earn A Salary While Finishing Your Dissertation


The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) invites applications for the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Program for Fall 2021. UIS celebrates its diversity with a campus comprised of students and faculty of various ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. Of the approximately 4,000 students enrolled, about 20% are African-American and Hispanic students, and 13% are international. UIS is a welcoming university community 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 will receive support for research, professional travel, and other related expenses. They may also work with a faculty mentor and will have opportunities to present their research at a number of University and professional venues. 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.


Fellows will teach one course each semester in an area related to their academic preparation and a need of the host department. Fellows will devote significant time to the completion of the dissertation. 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.

Minimum Qualifications

Fellows must be dissertation stage doctoral degree candidates in one of the following fields: MIS/Cybersecurity Management, Business Administration/Finance, Business Administration/Human Resource Management, or Human Services. These programs are housed within the College of Business & Management, and the College of Education & Human Services.

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.

How to apply

Apply online, 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 first consider those applicants who apply during the first round process and complete the online application and upload all required materials by November 30, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. Complete applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received. The posting may be reopened to accept a second round of applications if additional vacancies remain after the first round process.

Application deadline: November 30, 2020

About UIS: Located in the state capital, the University of Illinois Springfield is one of three members of the University of Illinois system. The University serves approximately 4,000 students in 21 graduate and 31 undergraduate programs. The academic curriculum offers students a strong liberal arts core, a wide range of professional programs, and close faculty interaction. Making the most of its location in the state capital, UIS is broadly engaged in public policy and service. Its diverse student body includes traditional, non-traditional, and international students. Twenty-five percent of majors are in 17 undergraduate and graduate online degree programs and the campus has received several national awards for its implementation of online learning. UIS faculty are committed teachers, active scholars, and professionals in service to society. The University emphasizes excellence in teaching, and faculty are also expected to provide a balance of scholarship and service activities to meet requirements for tenure and promotion. You are encouraged to visit the university web page at


More About UIS & 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.
UIS celebrates its diversity with a campus comprised of students and faculty of various ages, backgrounds, and ethnicity. 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.Read more about Springfield, Illinois

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

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