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 be 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 up to $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 (3) 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.
Applications for the 2018 cycle are due December 3rd, 2018. Award notifications are expected to be issued by the end of December 2018 effective for graduate program enrollment beginning January 2019.
EMU is committed to align application, award and disbursement consistent with the KCP legislative mandate: 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 mission of the university.
Applications for funding should reflect the potential benefit that the applicant’s graduate education will bring to the university as a person who has been, and can serve as a role model for, academically and/or economically disadvantaged students graduates. All awards recommended by the EMU FFF Selection Committee must be approved by the KCP Program based on their qualifying criteria.
KCP Fellowship selection criteria state that all of the following criteria must be met for an individual to be eligible for an award, and that the university may add additional criteria.
- The KCP Future Faculty Fellow must be academically or economically disadvantaged.
- The fellow should have potential to serve as a role model for academically and/or economically disadvantaged students.
- The fellow must be accepted into an appropriate program of study that facilitates a career in postsecondary teaching.
- The fellow must be in good academic standing as defined by the institution.
- The fellow can not currently be a recipient of a KCP Initiative Fellowship Award at another institution.
- The fellow can not have received another KCP Fellowship Award for the same degree level.
- The fellow can not be in current default status on any guaranteed student loan and/or KCP Loan.
- The fellow must be a citizen of the United States.
- The fellow must meets EMU’s requirements for Michigan residency
Applicants must submit application materials that document the above criteria, including a statement verification of being economically or educationally disadvantaged. Examples of economically disadvantaged might include recipient of Pell Grant, etc. Examples of educationally disadvantaged may include the name of high school attended, high school GPA, etc. Further applicants provide an educational and career goal statement linking the applicant’s interests and academic preparation to his/her current studies and postsecondary teaching career focus.
Applicants must supply two letters of recommendation that speak to their likelihood of degree completion, higher education employment and ability to serve as a role model for those who are economically or educationally disadvantaged.
The KCP Future Faculty Fellowship Program at Eastern Michigan University acknowledges support from the State of Michigan, Department of Talent and Economic Development, Talent Investment Agency, Workforce Development Agency-Youth Services, King•Chávez•Parks Initiative