King Chávez Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program

The King Chávez Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program is funded by the State of Michigan and is intended to increase the pool of traditionally underrepresented 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. 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.

Purpose and Description

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 graduate rates for students underrepresented in postsecondary education. Future Faculty Fellows are eligible to pursue a master’s degree or doctoral degree at the public universities in Michigan. Future Faculty Fellowship graduates 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 (3) years equivalent full-time. Fellows also may substitute up to one-third (1/3) of the 3 year full-time equivalency non-traditional service credit for this portion of teaching or administrative service credit. Fellows who do not fulfill the teaching and/or other 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.

Each FFF Award Fellow at UM-Flint agrees:

  • To pursue and obtain a graduate degree at a Michigan postsecondary institution within four (4) years of receiving a KCP Fellowship Award for Master's students and eight (8) years of receiving a KCP Fellowship Award for Doctoral students.
  • To maintain good academic standing as defined by UM-Flint.
  • To not accept a second KCP Initiative Fellowship Award for the same degree level.
  • To begin a part- or full-time faculty teaching or administrative career in a public or private, two- or four-year, postsecondary institution, in-state or out-of-state, within one (1) calendar year after conferral of the graduate degree.
  • To remain in a faculty teaching, administrative, or non-traditional service* positions in a public or private, two- or four-year, postsecondary institution, in-state, or out-of-state, for a minimum of three (3) years equivalent full-time. (*Only one-third of this requirement can be fulfilled using non-traditional service positions). 

A Master’s recipient can receive a maximum of $20,000 towards their degree, and a doctoral student can receive a maximum of $35,000 towards their degree. Please note that the 3-year full-time equivalent service obligation is reduced proportionately where less than a full KCP fellowship is awarded to the student. Contact the Office of Graduate Programs at (810) 762-3171 for more detailed information about the service commitment requirement, including non-traditional service opportunities.

Do I qualify?

You qualify to be considered for a KCP Future Faculty Fellowship if you meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants for KCP Future Faculty Fellowship Awards must be accepted into a degree program that facilitates a career in postsecondary education.
  2. The applicant must be in good academic standing as defined by UM-Flint.
  3. The applicant is not currently a recipient of a KCP Initiative Fellowship Award at another institution.
  4. The applicant has not received another KCP Fellowship Award for the same degree level (master’s or doctorate).
  5. The applicant is not in current default status on any guaranteed student loan and/or a KCP Loan.
  6. The applicant must be a citizen of the United States.
  7. The applicant must be a Michigan resident as defined by the University of Michigan.

When can I receive a KCP Future Faculty Fellowship?

Students may apply at any time after being admitted to a UM-Flint graduate program, but preference is given to students who have completed at least one semester of graduate study.

How do I apply?

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

  1. Complete and submit KCP Future Faculty Fellowship application.
  2. Prepare and submit an educational and career goal statement linking his/her interest, academic preparation and current studies to his/her future plans.
  3. Submit a basic 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 list of all sources of income (estimate as necessary) including any scholarships/grants that you have received. 
  4. Submit current resume/vita.
  5. Submit two (2) letters of reference from faculty familiar with the applicant’s academic work.  (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 December 1.  (Since December 1, 2013 is a Sunday, the application deadline for 13-14 will be 5:00pm on December 2, 2013.  All supporting materials (including letters of recommendation) are due by 5:00pm on December 9, 2013.)  Decisions will be communicated in late January 2014 or early February 2014.

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