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SPI - How to Apply

Application Open: January 4, 2021 through April 19, 2021

Departmental Letter of Support Deadline: April 23, 2021

A completed application should include the following items:

1. Online application

The Personal Statement should discuss your interest in the Summer Predoctoral Institute at the University of Illinois and the reasons why you feel it important to participate. The narrative should also include the following:

  • Personal benefits to be gained from participating in this summer experience, (e.g., within and outside of your program, what you would like to accomplish during the summer)
  • Describe how your personal background and experiences influenced your decision to pursue a graduate degree.
  • Provide insight on your potential to contribute to a community of inclusion, belonging, and respect where scholars representing diverse backgrounds, perspectives, abilities, and experiences can learn and innovate productively and positively together.

2. Departmental Letter of Support of Applicant's Participation Form

In order for your application to be considered, you and your graduate program department at the University of Illinois must complete the following steps below:

Step 1:  Applicants must request that their Department Chair, Graduate Program Director, or Graduate Program Advisor write a letter of support for their participation in the SPI. The letter must include the following elements:

- Written on departmental letterhead with a real or copied signature from letter writer
- List who would serve as an advisor/mentor to the student during the summer (Instructor of Record for Independent Study)
- Outline of a virtual summer Independent Study research plan

Step 2:  Applicants must forward the upload link to their letter writer and request that they submit the form and letter by April 23, 2021 at: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/538141967

Questions can be directed to I-SPI@illinois.edu. Only complete applications will be considered.