Community Engaged Research Fellows Program

Attention: Early and Mid-Career Faculty and Academic Staff


The Community Engaged Research Fellows Program offers a year-long, cohort-based, faculty and academic staff development opportunity for up to four early and mid-career faculty and four academic staff to strengthen their community-engaged research (CER) skills, develop CER projects in partnership with communities, and produce scholarly products.

Fellows will participate in monthly workshops focused on readings about community-engaged research and on the application of these concepts to scholarship in their field, discipline, or department. Readings and workshop speakers emphasize the intersection of community engagement and diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

Fellows are expected to co-design a CER project in partnership with community members or produce scholarly products related to CER, such as grant proposals, community-based participatory research pilot studies, or submitted peer-reviewed research articles.

Each fellow will be paired with a senior MSU faculty mentor who will advise the fellow on various aspects of CER, from partnership development to disseminating products co-authored with community partners. Mentors would be selected from among faculty with records of exemplary achievements in CER and individually matched to fellows based on learning interests.

  • Fellows will receive a $2500 stipend and up to $1000 for CER project costs. Up to an additional $1000 will be available to compensate community partners for their time and expertise.
  • Eligible applicants are current MSU employees.
  • Eligible applicants are early to mid-career faculty (assistant and associate professors) and academic staff (e.g., specialists, extension educators).

Benefits of Participating

Benefits of participating in this program include:
  • Dedicated time for developing and producing scholarship from CER research projects
  • Improved skills for community-engaged research
  • Membership in a learning community of community-engaged researchers
  • Mentorship from a senior community-engaged researcher
  • Enhanced scholarly and career success
  • Community impact

How Apply

To apply for admission to the fall 2024 cohort, you will do the following:

Questions about the program?

Contact: Miles McNall, Director for Community-Engaged Research, Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship, University Outreach and Engagement