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Turner Fellows

Become a Turner Fellow

Three seniors are chosen each year to serve in a professional, creative, and challenging paid fellowship out of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Turner Fellows work to better the Illini experience while gaining hands-on knowledge of Student Affairs administration.

Turner Fellow application period opens at the start of each spring semester.

Applications for the 2017-2018 Turner Fellow positions are closed at this time.

This position offers students the opportunity to undertake professional assignments and manage campus wide initiatives under the guidance of the Vice Chancellor and staff during their senior year. In addition, students are able to interact with a wide range of Student Affairs professionals on campus and see first-hand how Student Affairs shapes the Illinois experience.

Turner Fellows are assigned projects related to a wide variety of issues, including strategic planning, student fees, campus and student trends, leadership development, campus safety, and wellness. They coordinate focus sessions to discuss pertinent student issues and plan and make presentations to the Chancellor’s Cabinet, Student Affairs staff, and students. Turner Fellows also coordinate surveys to evaluate programs, summarize and report findings, and present recommendations to committees. 

Fred H. Turner Fellows improve the Illinois student experience, while providing insight on student concerns and gaining knowledge about the operations of a comprehensive Student Affairs organization with 1,200 staff members serving more than 42,000 students.


Since 1978, 114 Turner Fellows have participated in this unique opportunity to work within Student Affairs administration at Illinois. In keeping with the tradition of this position, the Turner Fellows are supported by a private endowment created to honor the late Fred H. Turner, who served as Dean of Students for this campus from 1922–1967. A plaque identifying current and past Turner Fellows hangs in the lobby of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.


  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated writing and quantitative skills
  • High academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0)
  • Available to work 10–15 hours per week, usually during business hours
  • Junior standing at the time of application
  • Expected graduation date at the end of the next academic year

Learn more and meet this year’s Turner Fellows!