Graduate School

The King-Chávez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program

The purpose of the King-Chávez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program is to increase the pool of academically or economically disadvantaged candidates pursuing faculty teaching or administrative careers in postsecondary education. Preference may not be given to applicants on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, gender, or national origin.

The program was created by the Michigan State Legislature in 1986 as part of the larger King-Chávez-Parks Initiative designed to stem the downward spiral of college graduation rates for students underrepresented in postsecondary education. Future Faculty Fellows are eligible to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree at the public universities in Michigan, and 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.  A portion of this service obligation may be completed while a student earns his/her graduate degree.  Fellows who do not fulfill the obligations of their fellowship agreement may be placed in Default, which results in their fellowship converting to a loan (referred to as a KCP Loan) that the Fellow repays to the State of Michigan. A Master’s recipient may receive a maximum of $20,000 towards their degree and a doctoral student may receive a maximum of $35,000 towards their degree. Learn more about the KCP initiative through the State of Michigan.

Sample agreements for master's and doctoral students are available.

View Past Recipients

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Meet Michigan Tech's requirements for Michigan residency.
  • Have been accepted at Michigan Tech into a graduate degree program that facilitates a career in postsecondary teaching.
  • Be in good academic standing, as defined by Michigan Tech.
  • Not be currently in default on any guaranteed student loan.
  • Have not previously received another FFF Award for the same degree level (master’s or doctorate). (Note: Previous recipients that did not receive the maximum allowable award may reapply for additional funds while still in pursuit of that degree.)
  • Not currently be a recipient of an FFF Award at another university for a degree that has not been completed.
  • Not have previously had an FFF Award converted to a KCP Loan.
  • Be academically or economically disadvantaged, as defined by the KCP Initiative.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be holistically evaluated by the Graduate Dean Awards Advisory Committee and a Michigan Tech staff member on the following criteria:

  • Academic merit of the candidate.
  • Ability of the candidate to conduct independent research.
  • Level of commitment to pursuing a career in postsecondary education.
  • Level of support from the graduate program.
  • Overcoming economic disadvantages.

Application Procedure

Current or accepted students may apply. Applications for funding beginning in fall 2020 (or later) are due no later than 4pm on June 10, 2020.

A complete application will include [note: The State of Michigan is standardizing their application process through a central site.  Details will be changing in October.]:

  • An online application. [link available in October]
  • An eligibility form. Pages 1 and 2 define the eligibility criteria. For the application, complete pages 3 and 4 and include a scan. This form will not be shared with the selection committee.  Please do not include any of the documentation requested to verify the eligibility criteria at the time of application. If selected for an award, an original of the form and any supporting documents as described in the eligibility form must be provided to the Graduate School.
  • A complete curriculum vitae that includes activities, honors, positions held, fellowships received, current funding, and expected funding, if applicable. The curriculum vitae should include relevant material beginning with the candidate’s undergraduate years.
  • A letter of support from the graduate program (chair, dean, program director, or advisor) detailing:
    • the merit of the candidate.
    • how the student will contribute to the diversity of the program.
    • willingness to provide financial support to supplement the KCP funds.
    • the mentoring plan for the student.
    • if the student has already earned a graduate degree, the letter must also address why a second graduate degree is necessary in order to obtain employment in post-secondary education

Please submit complete applications to the Graduate School, attention Dr. Debra Charlesworth (a single PDF via e-mail to is preferred). The review panel may also consider the candidate's application to Graduate School (for students entering in the next academic year) and current Michigan Tech transcript (if applicable).


Please contact Dr. Debra Charlesworth with questions about the fellowship program or application procedure.

 Past Recipients