King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program

The KCP-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 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.

The Graduate School — with the support of the King-Chávez-Parks Initiative of the Michigan Talent Investment Agency Department of Talent and Economic Development — sponsors one competition annually for (KCP) Future Faculty Fellowships. The purpose of the fellowship is to assist students in doctoral programs who intend to pursue full-time teaching positions in postsecondary institutions within one year of receiving their doctoral degrees at Wayne State University. Applications are encouraged from those who would otherwise not adequately be represented in the graduate student and faculty populations. Preference may not be given to applicants on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, gender or national origin.

The fellowship program provides a stipend of approximately $10,000 that is processed at the start of the fiscal year for the State of Michigan (Oct 1) and paid out to fellows in installments between November and May. KCP fellows are eligible to reapply each year for up to three years or a maximum of $35,000 over a three-year period. A student may receive this fellowship in addition to other awards.

Future Faculty Fellows are required, by signed agreement, to obtain and serve in a postsecondary faculty teaching or administrative position in apublic or private, 2- or 4-year, in-state or out-of-state, postsecondary institution for up to three (3) years equivalent full-time, dependent upon the amount of the Fellowship Award. A portion of this service obligation can be completed while the student earns their graduate degree. 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, which the Fellow must repay to the State of Michigan.  Detailed service credit guidelines and reporting forms can be found below. 

Administrative Service Pre-Approval Form
Non-Traditional Service Pre-Approval Form
Service Credit Guidelines
Service Reporting Form

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens and Michigan residents as defined by the university.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program at Wayne State University.
  • Applicants must be academically or economically disadvantaged as defined by the State of Michigan. 
  • For full eligibility requirements, see KCP Initiative FFF Eligibility Requirements.

Note that as stated by university policy, Wayne State employees, i.e. persons providing a service to the university, are not eligible to receive fellowships.

Application

Applications are due each year by April 1. Application instructions for 2020-21 will be posted in September.

A committee of Wayne State University faculty will review the applications and recommend candidates to the Dean of the Graduate School. Selections will be made on a competitive basis using criteria that include academic performance, research accomplishments and potential, faculty and advisor recommendations, and the personal statement. Fellowship decisions are not subject to appeal.

Award notification will be sent by mail no later than mid-August.

Before applying for or accepting any scholarship or fellowship, please consult with WSU Financial Aid regarding how such an award may affect your financial aid package, including loan eligibility.

Questions?

Contact Karen Schramm, coordinator, KCP Future Faculty Program | 313-577-8053, k.schramm@wayne.edu

Keep in touch

Please let us know what you will be doing after you receive your degree. Fellows must notify us and the KCP Initiative Office of any change of address by emailing Karen Schramm, k.schramm@wayne.edu, and wda-kcpinitiative@michigan.gov.

King-Chávez-Parks Visiting Professor Program

Sponsored by the Graduate School with support from the King-Chávez-Parks Initiative, the KCP Visiting Scholars Day occurs each September. The Graduate School matches funds to help bring visiting professors to campus to serve as role models for underrepresented students. KCP visiting professors are expected to guest lecture in courses and/or give a public presentation to the campus and community and must provide mentorship to specific populations on campus. Units interested in applying to match funds to help bring a KCP visiting professor to campus should contact Associate Dean Sharon Lean at sflean@wayne.edu.