King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship
The KCP Future Faculty Fellowship
The Future Faculty Fellowship (FFF) Program was created by the Michigan State Legislature in 1986 as part of the larger King-Chavez-Parks Initiative, designed to stem the downward spiral of college graduation rates for students underrepresented in postsecondary education. The purpose of the FFF Program is to increase the pool of academically or economically disadvantaged candidates pursuing faculty teaching careers in postsecondary education. Preference may not be given to applicants on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, gender, or national origin. Applicants who would otherwise not be adequately represented in the graduate student and faculty populations are encouraged to apply.
The KCP Future Faculty Fellowship provides a maximum award of $20,000 for Master level fellows and $35,000 for Doctoral level fellows.
FFF recipients are required, by signed agreement, to pursue and obtain a master’s or doctoral degree. FFF recipients are also obligated to obtain a postsecondary faculty teaching or approved administrative position at a public or private, 2- or 4-year, in-state or out-of-state postsecondary institution and remain in that position for up to three years equivalent full-time, dependent upon the amount of the Fellowship Award. Fellows who do not fulfill the obligations of their Fellowship Agreement may be placed in default, which results in the Fellowship converting to a loan, referred to as a KCP Loan, that the Fellow repays to the State of Michigan.
EMU is committed to selecting fellows consistent with the KCP legislative mandate. Specifically, the KCP Fellowship is designed to increase the pool of academically or economically disadvantaged candidates pursing faculty teaching careers in postsecondary education. Applications for funding through the KCP-FFF program are used to identify qualified and interested candidates for awards, and to inform the award process by aligning individual professional goals with the stated goals of the KCP FFF.
- Verification of Eligibility Criteria (see eligibility verification)
- Personal Statement
- Letters of Recommendation
All applicants will be screened by the Eastern Michigan University KCP Future Faculty Fellowship administrator specific to the State of Michigan Talent Investment Agency eligibility requirements. Applicants are required to submit specific verification of eligibility through the application. The application portal will be open by mid-March, 2021.
- The applicant is a citizen of the United States.
- The applicant meets the university’s requirements for Michigan residency.
- The applicant has been accepted at that Michigan public university into a graduate degree program that facilitates a career in postsecondary teaching.
- The applicant is in good academic standing, as defined by the university.
- The applicant is not currently in default on any guaranteed student loan.
- The applicant has not previously received another FFF Award for the same degree level (master’s or doctorate).
- The applicant is not currently a recipient of an FFF Award at another university for a degree that has not been completed.
- The applicant has not previously had an FFF Award converted to a KCP Loan.
- The applicant is academically or economically disadvantaged, as defined by the KCP Initiative.
- Identification of all current or past FFF Awards by year, degree level, and university.
- Identification of all previously-earned graduate degrees
Only those fellowship applications that meet the State Eligibility Requirements will be forwarded to the Eastern Michigan University Selection Committee. The committee will use the following criteria to rank order candidates and make recommendation for the award.
The application includes the following:
- An educational and career goal linking the applicant’s interests and academic preparation to their current studies and postsecondary teaching career focus.
- A description of activities engaged in by the applicant that have served as a role model for economically or educationally disadvantaged individuals.
- An explanation of how applicant intends to use their degree to serve as a role model/support those economically or educationally disadvantaged.
- Two letters of recommendation that speak to the applicant’s likelihood of degree completion, higher education employment and ability to serve as a role model for those who are economically or educationally is advantaged. The Selection Committee will rank order and make recommendation for awards. Recommendations awardees will be forwarded to the State of Michigan Talent Investment Administrator for endorsement
Application Site and Deadline
The State of Michigan is updating their application portal. This portal is anticipated to be available by mid-March, 2021. Please watch this website for updates.
Selection Committee Members
- Tana Bridge, PhD., Professor, KCP FFF Coordinator
- Julia Nims, Librarian, Faculty Associate
- Heather Neff, PhD., Professor of English, Director of McNair Scholars Program
- Elise Buggs, MBA, Director of Academic Success Programs
- Celeste Hawkins, PhD., Associate Professor of Social Work
- Patrice Bounds, PhD., Assistant Professor in Leadership and Counseling