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Illini Science Policy Program

2023 information will be available soon.

Legislative Host Placements

  • Illinois Legislative Black Caucus and the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation
  • Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus and the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation
  • Illinois Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Juliana Stratton
  • Congressional appointment – potential position (pending)

State Agency Host Placements

  • Illinois Department of Agriculture, Division of Natural Resources (pending)
  • Illinois Board of Higher Education | College Readiness
  • Illinois Board of Higher Education | Early Childhood
  • Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology, Education Group
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Broadband

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Past State Agency Partners
Illinois Board of Higher Education (2021)
Illinois Department of Agriculture, Meat and Poultry Division (2020)
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Broadband (2020, 2021)
Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology, Education Group (2020)

Past Legislative Partners
Illinois Legislative Black Caucus / Black Caucus Foundation (2020,2021)
Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus / Latino Caucus Foundation (2020, 2021)
Illinois Office of the Lieutenant Governor (2021)

2023 Timeline

  • January 20: Final day to submit host applications.
  • January 30: Scholar applications open.
  • March 31: Final day for potential scholars to submit applications.
  • April 1 to April 3: Applications reviewed for eligibility.
  • April 4 to April 22: Hosts review applications and interview candidates
  • April 22: Final day for hosts to send priority list of matches to Extension.
  • April 25 to April 28: Matching process happens. 
  • May 5 and May 6: Host and scholar matches announced.
  • June 1: Scholars may begin term with host office.
  • Summer: Orientation
  • August 31: Final day for scholars to begin term with host office.