Apply as a Scholar

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We 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 appointment. Apply beginning February 6. 

Our previous partners

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

Download to see Host Scope of work / project snapshots from this current year 2022-23.

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
  • February 1: Final day to submit host applications.
  • February 6: Scholar applications open. (Rolling submissions)
  • March 24: Final day for potential scholars to submit applications.
  • February 6 to March 27: Applications reviewed for eligibility.
  • March 27 to April 13: Hosts review applications and interview candidates
  • April 17: Final day for hosts to send priority list of matches to Extension.
  • April 18 to April 20: Matching process happens. 
  • End April / early May: 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.