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King Chávez Parks Initiative:

Future Faculty Fellowship Program

Program Description

The Future Faculty Fellowship (FFF) 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 graduate 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.  Universities should encourage applicants who would not otherwise be adequately represented in the graduate student or faculty populations to apply.

Future Faculty Fellows are required, by signed agreement, to pursue and obtain a master's or doctoral degree at one of the fifteen public universities in Michigan.  FFF recipients are also obligated to 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 that 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 KCP Loan, that the Fellow repays to the State of Michigan.

FFF Eligibility criteria

Selection criteria for FFF Award include the following criteria.  See the Administrative Handbook for additional information.

  1. The applicant is academically or economically disadvantaged.
  2. The applicant must be accepted into a UM-Flint graduate degree program that facilitates a career in postsecondary education.
  3. The applicant must be in good academic standing as defined by UM-Flint.
  4. The applicant is not currently a recipient of an FFF Award at another institution for a degree that has not been completed.
  5. The applicant has not received another FFF Award for the same degree level (master’s or doctorate).
  6. The applicant has not previously had an FFF Award converted to a KCP Loan nor is currently in default on any guaranteed student loan.
  7. The applicant must be a citizen of the United States.
  8. The applicant must be a Michigan resident as defined by the University of Michigan.
Program Guidelines

Upon the receipt of a FFF Award and signed agreement, these are the requirements of each recipient.

  1. To pursue and obtain the agreed upon graduate degree at a Michigan postsecondary institution within four (4) years of receiving a FFF Award for Master's students and eight (8) years of receiving a FFF Award for Doctoral students.
  2. To maintain good academic standing as defined by UM-Flint.
  3. To not accept a second FFF Award for the same degree level.
  4. To begin a part- or full-time faculty teaching or an approved administrative position at an accredited public or private, two- (2) or four- (4) year postsecondary institution, in-state or out-of-state, within one (1) calendar year after conferral of the graduate degree.
  5. That the service obligation shall be reduced proportionately if the FFF Award was less than the full fellowship allowed.  The Fellow agrees to fulfill the service obligation of the agreement as outlined below through part- or full-time postsecondary teaching or approved administrative positions:
    • Up to $8,333.00 of a master's award or up to $11,667.00 of a doctoral award results in a 1-year equivalent full-time service commitment.
    • $8,334.00 to $16,667.00 of a master's award or $11,668.00 to $23,334.00 of a doctoral award results in a 2-year equivalent full-time service commitment.
    • $16,668.00 to $20,000.00 of a master's award or $23,335.00 to $35,000.00 of a doctoral award results in a 3-year equivalent full time service commitment.
  6. To ensure that the KCP Initiative Office is provided with written evidence of service completion from the postsecondary institution or employment at the conclusion of each academic term or year.
  7. To advise the KCP Initiative Office within thirty (30) calendar days, in writing, of any change in name or contact information, or withdrawal from the university.

Contact the Office of Graduate Programs at (810) 762-3171 for more detailed information about the service commitment requirement, including non-traditional service opportunities.

Application Process

To be considered for a KCP Future Faculty Fellowship Award, UM-Flint applicants must:

  1. Complete and submit KCP Future Faculty Fellowship application.
  2. Submit a narrative statement of your qualification as an academically or economically disadvantaged person.
  3. Prepare and submit an educational and career goal statement linking your interests, current academic degrees and specializations, and your current studies to your intended plans to enter post-secondary education as a faculty member or administrator.
  4. Prepare and submit a narrative summary of your financial analysis - include a tentative budget, which provides detail regarding the total (estimate as necessary) cost (e.g. tuition, fees, books, etc) of your graduate degree at UM-Flint. Provide a summary list of all sources of income (estimate as necessary) including any scholarships/grants that you have received. 
  5. Submit current resume/vita.
  6. Submit two (2) letters of reference from supervisors, faculty, or others familiary with your academic, professional, administrative or other work and potential.  (These letters can be included in the application packet or sent separately via US mail, campus mail, or email.  For email, please forward to Mary Deibis (mdeibis@umflint.edu)).

Send all completed application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs, 303 E. Kearsley Street, 251 FWTL, Flint, MI 48502 by 5:00 pm on December 3, 2018.  All supporting materials (including letters of recommendation) are due by 5:00pm on December 10, 2018.  Decisions will be communicated in late January 2019 or early February 2019.

Future Faculty Fellowship Forms

Contact the Office of Graduate Programs at (810) 762-3171 if you have any additional questions.