The Illini Science Policy Fellowship is a unique educational opportunity for graduate students who are interested in University of Illinois Extension’s critical issue areas – food, economy, environment, community, and health – and the policy decisions affecting those resources. The program will match highly motivated and qualified graduate students completing their degree from UIUC with hosts in public agencies or the Illinois legislature for a 12-month paid fellowship. Fellows will explore public service careers at a high level, receiving support through mentoring, training, and networking events and establishing professional connections across multiple agencies and stakeholders.
Fellowship assignments are identified by host offices, which may include municipal, state and federal agencies and legislative offices in Illinois. Hosts provide an educational opportunity to fellows who will, in turn, provide substantial professional contributions to the office, drawing from the latest advances at University of Illinois’ flagship campus. Fellows are recent graduates with Masters, Doctoral, or J.D. degrees who work with the host office full-time, on site, and with other project partners as appropriate. As part of their experience, fellows will contribute to Extension projects that align with their fellowship assignments.