Applications now open for 2017-2018 CMSI Research Fellowship! Deadline July 31

Call for Applications: 2017-2018 CMSI Research Fellowship

We are excited to announce that applications for our 2017-2018 CMSI Research Fellowship are now open! We are committed to supporting the scholarship of academics focusing their work on Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). This one-year fellowship carries a one-time $5,000 stipend as well as travel accommodations for one of CMSI's national convenings. In addition, CMSI will commit to disseminating the fellow’s work in the form of a published research brief through its network of supporters and readers following the 2017-2018 fellowship year.

Eligibility: All students, faculty, and scholar practitioners are eligible to apply for the CMSI Research Fellowship. Applicants may reside anywhere in the world; however, the focus of the research must pertain to MSIs in the United States. Applicants are not required to work at or be a student of an MSI.

Application Information: Applicants must submit a completed application, which includes:
• General information form
• Answers to seven questions regarding their proposal
• An estimated breakdown of how the stipend will be spent
• Contact information for two references
Your application will be reviewed based on its commitment to MSI-related scholarship and its degree of innovation and diversity.

To apply: complete the application and submit your materials at the following link:

Applications must be submitted no later than July 31, 2017, 11:59 PM EST. The selected fellow will be announced on September 15, 2017.

For more information about the CMSI Research Fellowship and FAQs, please visit the Become a Research Fellow page on our website. Any additional questions can be directed to


Meet Ervin James III, the 2016-2017 CMSI Research Fellow

As a full-time faculty member, Ervin teaches both humanities and social science courses at Paul Quinn College. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Tuskegee University and his master’s and doctorate degrees in history from Texas Southern University and Texas A&M University, respectively. Currently, he is studying the usage of open source course material at MSIs. He is also committed to developing innovative andragogical teaching techniques and retention strategies for first-generation college students enrolled in urban institutions that serve under-resourced communities.