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Future Faculty Fellowship





The King-Chávez-Parks (KCP) Future Faculty Fellowship Program (FFF) of Eastern Michigan University is funded by the State of Michigan’s Workforce Development Agency and administered through The Graduate School.

The purpose of the King-Chávez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program is to increase the pool of traditionally underrepresented candidates pursuing careers in postsecondary education and subsequently promote inclusivity and diversity in US colleges and universities. Preference may not be given to applicants on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, gender, or national origin.  Applications from minorities, women, people with disabilities, and individuals from cultural, linguistic, geographic, and socio-economic backgrounds who would otherwise not adequately be represented in the graduate student and faculty populations are encouraged to apply.

Find information on the KCP Visiting Professors Program.


Application and Deadlines

2017-2018 Application deadline: November 15, 2017



The KCP Future Faculty Fellowship Award provides a maximum of up to $20,000 for master’s level Fellows is up to $20,000 and for doctoral Fellows is up to $35,000.


Future Faculty Fellowship graduates are obligated, by signed agreement, to remain in postsecondary faculty teaching or administration in a public or private, 2- or 4-year, in-state or out-of-state postsecondary institution for a minimum of three years equivalent full-time.  Fellows may substitute up to one-third (1/3) of the three year full-time equivalency non-traditional service credit for this portion of teaching or administrative service credit.  Fellows who do not fulfill the teaching and/or other obligations of their fellowship agreement are placed in “default”, which results in their fellowship converting to a loan. This loan is referred to as the KCP Loan. The fellow is then obligated to repay the KCP loan to the State of Michigan.


To be eligible for the KCP Fellowship, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • A United State citizen
  • A Michigan resident
  • Currently enrolled in a doctoral program at EMU (master level students will be considered) 
  • Enrolled in a degree program which facilitates a post-secondary career in higher education

Applicants for EMU’s KCP Future Faculty Fellowship CANNOT:

  • Be a previous KCP recipient
  • Be a present recipient of a KCP Initiative Fellowship Award at another institution
  • Be in default status on any guaranteed student loan and/or a KCP Loan


Application Requirements

  • Essay (no longer than 1,000 words). The KCP Future Faculty Fellowship was created in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Caesar Chavez and Rosa Parks. King, Chavez and Parks worked to break down social, cultural, racial, economic and ethnic barriers. Adopting the spirit and actions of King, Chavez and Parks, attach an essay (no longer than 1,000 words) stating both your academic and higher education career goalsand how the King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program would help you meet these goals.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation(a minimum of one from university faculty). Applicants must supply two letters of recommendation. Recommenders should be advised to speak to your qualifications for KCP.


Service Requirements

Selected fellows are required to sign a contract with the State of Michigan to meet service requirements:

  • Participate in some capacity with  EMU's KCP’s 4S, Gear Up and/or Visiting Professor program
  • Participate and/or attend the KCP Equity Conference
  • Begin a part- or full-time faculty teaching, administrative or non-traditional service employment in a public or private, two- or four- year, postsecondary institution, in-state or out-of-state, within one (1) calendar year after conferral of the master’s degree, as specified on your state contract.
  • Remain in a faculty teaching, administrative or non-traditional service* positions in a public or private, two- or four-year, postsecondary institution, in-state or out-of-state, for a minimum of three (3) years equivalent full-time, (*Only one-third of this requirement can be fulfilled using non-traditional service positions.) as specified on your state contract.

Note: The State King-Chavez-Parks (KCP) Initiative FFF Office will consider various types of institutional/educational service credit in addition to teaching service in a post-secondary environment.  The State FFF program office will consider approval of service credit for those Fellows who work with State sponsored KCP programs and/or for other substantive campus-based, college access, and service learning activities. These activities must be pre-approved by the State of Michigan.

This Fellowship will be considered defaulted and a loan subject to repayment in full to the State of Michigan if the conditions/requirements are not met.


For Additional Information

The Graduate School at  or Tana Bridge at

Faculty Resources

Graduate School, 200 Boone Hall Phone: 734.487.0042,