Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 4/26/2023

Minority Fellowship Program

Since the Minority Fellowship Program’s (MFP) founding in 1974, the program has supported more than 460 students of color in pursuit of a doctoral degree in sociology. Areas of interest for Fellows include social psychology, gender and sexuality, education, medicine and health, inequalities and stratification, race and ethnicity, and more. MFP seeks to attract talented doctoral students to ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles and conduct research that is relevant to today’s global society. Former MFP fellows have gone on to serve as presidents of the American Sociological Association, distinguished faculty, award-winning scholars and teachers, and influential social scientists working in government agencies, non-profit organizations, and businesses.

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2024


Eligibility Requirements

The Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) is designed for underrepresented minority students. Specifically, applicants must be a member of one of the following underrepresented groups: Black/African American; Latino/a/x, American Indian or Alaskan Native; or Asian or Pacific Islander. Fellows must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence, or be eligible under DACA. MFP applicants must be enrolled in a program that grants the Ph.D. in sociology and be advanced in their program by the time of application.

MFP Fellows are selected on the basis of their commitment to research, the focus of their research experience, academic achievement, scholarship, writing ability, research potential, financial need, and racial/ethnic minority background.

Amount Description

ASA provides a stipend of $20,000 for each annual award (August 1-July 31) and works with departments to try to arrange for the payment of tuition for the academic year. The Fellowship includes designated cohort programming at the ASA Annual Meeting, travel support for scientific conferences, and the opportunity to become part of a distinguished network of sociologists.

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