Community-Engaged Research Fellows Program

Attention: Early and Mid-Career Faculty and Academic Staff


Deadline for applications: March 29, 2024

Join the informational meetings:

Zoom information

March 5
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Meeting ID: 949 0951 2750


March 8
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Meeting ID: 952 4626 8209

The Community-Engaged Research Fellows Program offers a yearlong, 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 participate in monthly workshops with researchers and community partners with deep experience in collaborative community-engaged research. Workshops cover such topics as building and sustaining partnerships; practicing CER in an inclusive and culturally responsive manner; collaborating with community partners throughout the research process; publishing CER; and achieving career success in CER. 

Fellows 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 peer-reviewed research articles.

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

  • Fellows will receive a $2,500 stipend and up to $2,000 for CER project costs. 
  • Eligible applicants are current MSU employees.
  • Eligible applicants are early to mid-career faculty (assistant and associate professors) and academic staff (e.g., specialists, research associates, extension educators).

Benefits of Participating

  • 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 to Apply

To apply for admission to the fall 2024 cohort, please do the following by March 29, 2024:
  • Complete the online application form.
  • Ask your department chair or unit director to submit a letter of support that indicates your unit’s support for your participation in this program, its alignment with your unit’s mission, and its contribution to your scholarly goals to Miles McNall.
  • If you wish, you can preview the application questions prior to completing the online application form.

Questions about the program?

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