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Sloan University Center of Exemplary Mentoring at Illinois

Sloan University Center of Exemplary Mentoring

The Sloan University Center of Exemplary Mentoring at Illinois is one of eight UCEMs funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. It is designed to broaden participation in advanced engineering, physical and mathematical science careers, and to strengthen the talent pool in these fields while increasing equitable opportunities in the U.S. The grant supports doctoral students underrepresented in STEM, defined by Sloan as U.S. citizens who are African American, Latina/Latino, and American Indian/Alaskan Native in eligible departments. In addition to financial support, Sloan UCEM scholars receive guidance from a team of mentors.

Sloan Scholars and Illinois Sloan Scholars

During each three-year grant period, fifty scholars - 25 Sloan Scholars and 25 Illinois Sloan Scholars - are recruited and fully funded with waiver-generating assistantships and/or fellowships.

  • Sloan Scholars receive up to a total of $40,000 from Sloan in three stages: 1) during year of matriculation, 2) after qualifying exam completion or unit-approved benchmark, and 3) after successful completion of preliminary or doctoral candidacy exams.
  • Illinois Sloan Scholars receive up to a total of $10,000 from Illinois in two stages: 1) during year of matriculation and 2) after qualifying exam or completion of unit-approved benchmark.

Since the launch of the Illinois UCEM in 2015, 100 UCEM scholars and affiliates have enrolled in one of the 19 Sloan UCEM partnering departments. Sloan Scholars and Illinois Sloan Scholars are carefully mentored toward successful completion of their PhD’s and job placement. In addition to studying in highly-ranked, world class programs, these students  receive a suite of professional development opportunities. Graduates will be well-prepared to become leaders in the workforce and in academia, where they can shape the future of their fields.

Partnering Departments/Units

College of Engineering (14 Programs):  

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (9 Programs):

For More Information

Please email us at For general inquiries, please contact the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at or 217-300-7747. 

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This initiative is made possible by a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Read the Illinois News Bureau Press release.

How to Become a Sloan UCEM Scholar?

Students who have been offered admission in one of the Sloan-eligible departments need not apply. Departments nominate students for Sloan Scholarships as described in this listing.


Important Dates

December 31, 2020
New graduate admissions committee members' online training verification due
January 15, 2021
Sloan Round 1 nominations due at 5 p.m.
February 19, 2021
Sloan Round 2 nominations due at 5 p.m.

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