The American Sociological Association (ASA) supports the development and training of minority sociologists through its Minority Fellowship Program (MFP). The MFP has supported nearly 500 Fellows pursuing a doctoral degrees and careers in any sub-area or specialty within the discipline of sociology. Former Fellows have been interested in a variety of areas, including social psychology, gender and sexuality, education, medicine and health, inequalities and stratifications, and race and ethnicity.

The MFP is funded by annual contributions from Alpha Kappa Delta (the International Sociology Honor Society), Sociologists for Women in Society, the Association for Black Sociologists, and other organizations. Recipients of the award receive an annual stipend of $18,000 as well as guidance in preparing for a research career. Fellows have the opportunity to attend workshops and paper sessions at the ASA Annual Meeting, as well as other scientific conferences and networking events.

Who should apply

Eligibility is limited to students enrolled in a doctoral program in sociology who have completed a full academic year in the program. Students who are committed to their research and academics are encouraged to apply. Applicants must belong to one of the following racial/ethnic groups: Blacks/African Americans, Latinos/as, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, and Asians or Pacific Islanders. The application and relevant information can be found on the ASA website.