Whitney M. Young Fellowship Program

Revisions to the Fellowship program are currently underway.  In the interim, applications have been put on pause, and none will be accepted for the 2019-2020 academic year.

This program is a memorial to the late Whitney M. Young, Jr., former executive director of the National Urban League, educator, and social activist. The program is aimed at helping the campus to achieve a rich and diverse educational environment by increasing the opportunities in graduate education for highly self-motivated students who are underrepresented in graduate study at UIS. This includes but is not limited to ethnic/racial minorities, first-generation college students, and students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Fellowship program is designed to complement graduate work with civic engagement in public affairs projects.

Fellows receive a monthly financial stipend for the nine-month contract period, and a tuition waiver during the fall and spring semesters. Fellows may be eligible for a tuition waiver of up to six semester hours for one summer semester. Fellows must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0, as well as fulfill all other requirements of the Fellowship Program. The annual application deadline is March 1. For more information, including complete application instructions, and to download a copy of the application, visit the WMY website.

You may also contact the Whitney M. Young Fellowship Program via email at gaprog@uis.edu, or by telephone at (217) 206-6544.