Scholarship Opportunities

National Center for Leadership in Intensive Interventions (NCLII) Scholarship

Due March 1, 2020

The National Center for Leadership in Intensive Interventions (NCLII) Scholarship prepares university level researchers and special education teacher educators to develop integrated practices that address both academic and behavior needs. The project offers unique opportunities to participate in cross-institutional, collaborative research with nationally renowned researchers and scholars.

Scholarships will cover tuition, university fees, and includes a stipend of $24,000 per year. Scholars will participate in a series of cross-university collaborations to develop their research skills and understanding of the challenges confronting students in need of intensive academic and behavioral support. Learn more about NCLII.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Have a Master’s Degree in special education or related field with an undergraduate or graduate major in special education
  • GRE Scores (minimum 300 in verbal and quantitative combined)
  • 5 GPA – graduate and 3.25 undergraduate (last 60 credits)
  • Experience teaching children and adolescents with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in urban settings (at least 2 years)
  • US Citizen or Permanent US Resident

Application Process (Applications Due March 1st, 2020)

Applicant must complete the NCLII application and is located at the link below. In the application, you will be asked to answer questions on your professional experiences and complete essays on your experiences working in special education, your future goals, and why UIC provides the best fit for you as you pursue a doctoral degree. For a complete application, one must include: Completed NCLII Scholarship Application, GRE Scores, Statement of Goals, and Professional Resume. In addition, applicants will interview with UIC faculty and staff. At interview prospective scholars should bring their unofficial transcripts showing undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Application Link:


NCLII Scholarship Info Sessions

Info sessions will be held at the College of Education (1040 West Harrison Street) at the following dates/times. RSVP here.

  • December 18 (Wednesday) at 5pm
  • January 14 (Tuesday) at 5pm
  • February 13 (Thursday) at 5pm

Questions? Please contact Courtney Barcus (

Project SURGE

Applications for Project SURGE are currently closed.

Project SURGE (Special education Urban Research for Greater Equity) builds on an existing doctoral program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) to prepare six doctoral students from underrepresented groups to develop culturally responsive research to serve children and youth with disabilities with intensive support needs in urban environments. This interdisciplinary program will be guided by the following four competency areas: (a) special education policy processes and analysis, (b) special education pedagogy and program design, and teacher research in urban settings, (c) research methodologies to conduct sustainable interventions to underrepresented populations in under-resourced schools, and (d) collaboration with stakeholders (e.g. families, community entities, policy makers and other researchers). UIC is a Minority Serving Institution and a Research 1 university, making it a unique context for such preparation. Proven approaches will be used to recruit and retain students from underrepresented groups such as a cohort model that allows for doctoral scholars to move together through coursework.


  • Master’s Degree
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree must include a major in special education
  • Priorty will be given to applicants who have a minimum of two years of special education teaching experience.
  • Accepted students must agree to a service obligation, a federal mandate that requires scholarship recipients to remain in the field for two years for every year of support.

Project SURGE Application Process

Applicants must complete three (3) applications, submitted to different UIC entities, and participate in an interview. SURGE scholarship applicants will not be reviewed unless a completed UIC Graduate College application is submitted by the deadline. The deadline for all applications was 5 p.m. on November 15th, 2017 and they must be submitted to the appropriate office. The 3 applications are:

-UIC Graduate College Application
-UIC Non-Degree Application (you will be applying as a non-degree student for Spring and Summer 2018. Please note that this is for initial admission only as you will start the program mid-year)
-Project SURGE Application

Information on all three application processes

For more information, please contact:

Samantha Walte
Project Coordinator