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 and 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, however applications are encouraged 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.

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 academically or economically disadvantaged. Examples include, but are not limited to: single parent, recipient of public assistance, qualified for federal student aid, first generation college graduate, English language learner, or disability that causes an educational barrier. This may not include factors related to your gender or race.
  • Be accepted into a graduate degree program at Michigan Tech that facilitates a career in postsecondary teaching.
  • Be in good academic standing at Michigan Tech.
  • Not be a current recipient of an FFF award at another university for a degree that has not been completed.
  • Have not previously received another FFF award for the same degree level (master’s or doctorate).
  • Have not previously had an FFF award converted to a KCP loan nor is currently in default on any guaranteed student loan.
  • Be a citizen of the United States and meet the Graduate School’s requirements for Michigan residency.

Application Procedure

Current or accepted students may apply. Applications for funding beginning in Summer 2019 or Fall 2010 are due by 4pm on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

A complete application will include:

  • An application form. The form was created in Microsoft Word, and will work best in Word on a PC or Mac.
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae that includes positions held, fellowships received, current funding, and expected funding, if applicable
  • A letter of support from the graduate program (chair, dean, program director, or advisor) detailing:
    • how the candidate is academically and/or economically disadvantaged.
    • 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 will also consider the candidate's application to Graduate School (for students entering in the next academic year) and current Michigan Tech transcript (if applicable).

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated by a panel consisting of one faculty member from each college or school on the following criteria:

  • Eligibility for award.
  • 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.

A priority will be placed on first time students and students in their first year of graduate school at Michigan Tech.


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

 Past Recipients