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.
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.
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.
Current or accepted students who meet the eligibility requirements may apply. Priority will be placed on applications received by 4pm on May 13, 2021. Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2021.
Review the eligibility criteria
Gather the materials needed for your application
The materials may be uploaded in one session or over several sessions on the application portal. A list of what is required is provided here to aid students in preparing their applications. Please gather:
- Materials needed to verify the academically or economically disadvantaged eligibility criteria as described on the State’s eligibility document.
- Copy of your social security card.
- Copy of materials needed to verify your US citizenship (U.S. Passport, state-issued photo ID, state-issued Driver's License, or birth certificate).
- Driver’s license or state ID number
- Unofficial transcript if you have completed a semester of your graduate program at Michigan Tech.
- Copies of all transcripts for previously earned degrees.
- A two-page (or less) educational and career goal statement linking your interests and academic preparation to your current studies and postsecondary teaching career focus.
- Your resume or Curriculum Vitae. It is recommended that this document include personal and academic honors, campus/community activities, and academic or professional leadership roles.
- An estimated budget summary of the remaining cost of your graduate degree by semester (e.g. tuition, fees, books, living expenses). Include an estimated summary of all sources of income and financial aid that you have received or plan to receive, including fellowships, graduate assistantships, scholarships, and grants. You may include a narrative with supporting details. For Michigan Tech applications, estimated costs for each program are available online. If you are eligible to apply because you qualified for federal financial aid in the last five years, please describe how you overcame that financial hurdle to obtain your bachelor’s degree.
- Two or three letters of recommendation. One of those letters must be from your degree
program advisor. The letters should describe:
- 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
- If your letter writers prefer to submit these directly to Michigan Tech, they may be emailed to Dr. Debra Charlesworth. Please indicate in your educational and career goal statement who will be submitting letters.
Create an account
Create an account on the MILogin for Citizens Portal if you do not already have one. Please note that if you are a current KCP Future Faculty Fellow, a MILogin will be created for you. Michigan Tech fellows may contact Dr. Debra Charlesworth for assistance. Additional registration information is available from the State of Michigan and on their KCP FFF portal. Questions regarding access to the KCP FFF online system can be sent to FutureFaculty@michigan.gov or you may call the KCP Initiative Office at 517-241-9898.
Submit your application
- Log into the MILogin for Citizens Portal
- Select “Request Access” from the top menu bar
- Search for “KCP Future Faculty Fellowship” in the search box
- Select the “KCP Future Faculty Fellowship” application.
- Select Michigan Technological University and complete your Profile.
- Your Dashboard will now contain a box labeled “My Opportunities.” You may click on the KCP FFF Application to access the application and provide the information requested.
Questions regarding access to the KCP FFF online system can be sent to FutureFaculty@michigan.gov or you may call the KCP Initiative Office at 517-241-9898.
Please contact Dr. Debra Charlesworth with questions about the fellowship program or application procedure.