American Sociological Association

Minority Fellowship Program

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Deadline:  January 31

Materials must be submitted online by January 31.


Minority Fellowship Program
1430 K Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 247-9860

Deadline:  January 31

About the ASA Minority Fellowship Program

Through its Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), the American Sociological Association (ASA) supports the development and training of sociologists of color in any sub-area or specialty in the discipline. Funded by ASA, with additional generous annual contributions from Alpha Kappa Delta, the Association for Black Sociologists, the Midwest Sociological Society, Sociologists for Women in Society, as well as membership donations, MFP seeks to attract talented doctoral students to ensure a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in research that is relevant to today’s global society.

For 48 years, the MFP has supported more than 460 Fellows in pursuit of a doctoral degree in sociology. Areas of interest for former Fellows include social psychology, gender and sexuality, education, medicine and health, inequalities and stratification, race and ethnicity, and more. All of these areas of research and expertise are not just important for the growth of the discipline, but also to address important issues facing society. Sociologists have much to contribute to these research agendas, and many former Fellows have published or presented their work at leading conferences in their specialty area.

In addition to providing financial support, MFP works with its Fellows and their faculty mentors to help prepare the Fellow for a research career. Also, MFP plans workshops and paper sessions at the ASA Annual Meeting, offers travel support to scientific conferences, and fosters the development of formal and informal networks for Fellows.

Applications are reviewed and evaluated by the ASA Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Panel. The Advisory Panel convenes annually in early spring to select finalists. Awards are announced by April 30.

The annual stipend for each award (August 1- July 31) is $18,000. In addition, arrangements for the payments of tuition are made with universities or departments. There are also limited funds available for travel to the ASA Annual Meeting each August, regional or aligned association meetings in the spring or fall, and professional development training programs and workshops.  

To view a list of current and former MFP fellows, click here.