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About the Program

The Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program, formerly African American Professors Program (AAPP), is an initiative originally sponsored by the South Carolina General Assembly, the University of South Carolina, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to recruit and prepare minority students for becoming  college and university professors. It originated in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policies in USC's College of Education. Currently, the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program is sponsored by the Office of the Provost at the University of South Carolina.

Eligible Participants

Underrepresented students who are pursuing doctoral degrees and are interested in becoming college professors are eligible to participate in the program. Preference will be given to first and second year doctoral students with degrees in disciplines in which there are current shortages of underrepresented professors (e.g., mathematics, science, business, and technology). Other academic disciplines will also be considered.

Participants are not required to make a commitment to USC, nor does USC make an employment commitment to participants.

Applicant Selection

All new scholars must show outstanding promise for doctoral or MFA study and a commitment to joining the professoriate as evidenced by a personal statement, two reference letters (includes a nomination from the academic program at USC), formal notification of admission from The Graduate School, financial support from academic programs at USC, and academic achievement with prior GPAs at 3.4 or higher.

Whenever there are multiple applicants from a single academic discipline, the appropriate Graduate Director will be asked to rank applicants. Scholars will be selected by the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program in consultation with the Graduate Council’s Fellowship and Scholarship Committee. Interviews may be required.

The deadline for applications is April 1. Notifications will be made by May 15.

Financial Support

Financial support is based on the availability of funds in the student's academic program and the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program. The program will supplement funding provided by the student's academic program. Students who enroll are expected to complete their program of study within a three-year period (five years may be approved in select disciplines under special conditions).

All newly funded Scholars must be doctoral or MFA students entering their first or second year. Designation as a Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program Scholar allows in-state tuition rates, a valuable benefit for out-of-state students.

Annual stipends are $3,000 for part-time Scholars and $6,000 for full-time Scholars. Full-time Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program Scholars are funded for up to four years at the doctoral level and five semesters for the MFA. Part-time Scholars are funded up to six years at the doctoral level and seven semesters for the MFA. Beginning with the Fall 2019 semester, full time graduate students must be enrolled in at least 9 hours per semester if not on assistantship; at least 6 hours per semester if on assistantship. Graduate students enrolled in less than 6 hours are considered part time. The funding formula remains the same as mentioned above. Continuing support each semester is based on students remaining in good academic standing and having no bursar holds or outstanding fees.

Other Program Guidelines

Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program Scholars must participate in USC’s Preparing Future Faculty Program (PFF) and have a Faculty Mentor. Scholars are also required to publish two articles in the program Monograph Series and participate in at least one community service project per year.

How to Apply

To add your name to our database, please complete an application. For more information about the program, call the GJMPP office at 803-777-5553, toll free #1-888-211-4531, or email

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