Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, Rosa Parks (KCP) Future Faculty Fellows Program

kcp3_Final.jpgThe Center for Inclusion and Diversity, with the support of the KCP Initiative, sponsors the annual competition of the King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowships.  The Fellowship Program provides an annual stipend to recipients for one year.  KCP fellows are eligible to reapply for additional years of support of up to three years or a maximum of up to $20,000 (master's level) or up to $35,000 (doctoral level).

The KCP Initiative, funded by the Michigan Workforce Development Agency, was developed with the intent to increase the number of Michigan's most educationally disadvantaged citizens to have the opportunity to complete college degrees and experience career success as active participants in a knowledge based global society and economy.  The KCP Future Faculty Fellowship is one of six divisions of the KCP Initiative.

The intent of this competitive fellowship is to increase the pool of traditionally underrepresented candidates pursuing faculty careers in postsecondary education by providing financial support to students in their pursuit of a master's or doctoral degree. Applications are encouraged from minorities, women, people with disabilities, and individuals from cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds who would otherwise not adequately be represented in graduate student and faculty populations. The fellowship does not provide awards to persons obtaining a second master's or doctoral degree.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Be a citizen of the United States and a resident of Michigan
  • Be currently enrolled or accepted into a degree program that facilitates a career in postsecondary education
  • Be currently enrolled in an on-campus master's or doctoral program at full-time status at Central Michigan University
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Plan a career in postsecondary faculty teaching or administration in a public or private, 2- or 4-year, in-state or out-of-state public institution after graduation
  • NOT be in default on any guaranteed student loan and/or KCP loan
  • NOT be a current KCP Fellow at another institution or have already received a KCP Fellowship at the same degree level

FELLOWSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintain good academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher)
  • Attend all KCP required events
  • Maintain contact with KCP staff
  • Within one year of graduation, begin a career in postsecondary faculty teaching or administration in a public or private, 2- or 4-year, in-state or out-of-state public institution after graduation for three years
  • Or, for master's students, pursue a doctoral degree within one year of graduation, complete the program within eight years and then begin a career in postsecondary faculty teaching or administration in a public or private, 2- or 4-year, in-state or out-of-state public institution after graduation for three years

REQUIRED EXPECTATIONS
All Fellows

  • Semester meetings with Future Faculty Fellow administrators
  • Annual attendance at statewide Equity in the Classroom conference
  • Serve as a mentor and/or instructor for other KCP initiatives, such as GEAR UP, Pathways, STEP, Student Support Services and other mentoring programs
  • Ten (10) hours of volunteer service in participating KCP Programs as mentioned above
  • Adhere to the Statement of Personal Responsibility for the KCP FFF program
  • Submit an annual progress report during your fellowship period (a template will be provided)

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

To obtain a copy of the current KCP application, click HERE.  Applications are due December 1.  Included with your application, please submit the following:

  • Personal statement including your educational and career goals linking your interests, academic preparation, and current studies with your future plans. The main focus of the statement should be your interest and research, as well as a tentative date for completing your coursework/dissertation. Explain the progress of your research, the time period in which you hope to use the KCP fellowship and how you expect to meet the conditions of the fellowship by using your degree in a postsecondary institution (1500 words)
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members.  Please submit only current recommendations.  If you are currently in a program, a letter from your advisor should be included 
  • Current curriculum vitae (c.v.)/resume
  • Current transcripts

A committee of Central Michigan University faculty and administrators will review the applications and recommend candidates to the KCP FFF Director.  Selections will be made on a competitive basis using criteria that include academic performance, research accomplishments and potential, faculty and advisor recommendations, and the personal statement.  Fellowship decisions are not subject to appeal.  Award recipients will be notified no later than January 1.

QUESTIONS?

KCP Future Faculty Fellows Program
Center for Inclusion and Diversity
Wade Tomson, Executive Assistant
Bovee UC 108
(989) 774-3945
mass@cmich.edu