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SPI - Who Should Participate

Participants in SPI should be students from racial and ethnic populations underrepresented in graduate study at Illinois, who are interested in pursuing a doctorate, and who have accepted admission to a graduate program at Illinois. Students from all disciplines will be considered for participation. Special consideration will be given to students who have participated in the BTAA, a McNair Program, Aspire, or COS.

Students starting a master’s degree program who are planning to continue to doctoral study in that field at Illinois may also apply. Program applicants must indicate in their intention to pursue a doctoral degree in their SPI statement of purpose.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Acceptance of admission to an Illinois graduate program by April 15, 2022
  • Completion and submission of an SPI application by April 18, 2022
  • A letter of support submitted by the prospective participant's graduate program or department at Illinois by April 22, 2022
  • Agreement to participate in all of the activities of the SPI if accepted
  • Member of racial and ethnic populations underrepresented in graduate study at Illinois
  • United States citizens, permanent residents, or those with DACA status