Illini Science Policy Program

Scholar application will go live February 21, 2022

Scholar application deadline: March 8, 2022.

The Illini Science Policy Program is a unique post-graduate opportunity for graduate students who are interested in careers that focus on 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 graduates completing their degree from UIUC between May 2022 - August 2022 with hosts in public agencies or the Illinois legislature for a 12-month paid appointment. Illini Science Policy Scholars 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. 

Through the Illini Science Policy Program, we hope to find the next generation of Illinois leaders interested in the intersection of public service and public policy. 

Scholar assignments are identified by host offices through and interview and matching process. Host offices may include local, state and federal agencies and legislative offices in Illinois. Hosts provide an educational opportunity to the scholars who will, in turn, provide substantial professional contributions to the office, drawing from the latest advances at University of Illinois’ flagship campus. Scholars 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, scholars will contribute to Extension projects that align with their assignments.

  • List of Host for the 2022-2023 Cohort Coming soon.

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)

The deadline for scholar applications is March 8, 2022. Please contact Dr. Evangeline S. Pianfetti | for information.

The deadline for host applications is February 18, 2022.