Call for Family Process New Writers Fellows

The Family Process Institute (FPI) usually accepts applications for each annual New Writers’ Fellowship in January of the current year. The fellowship supports the development of new scholars who will advance systemic theory, research, and practice grounded in a commitment to social justice. Fellows will participate in a writing workshop taught by Dr. Evan Imber-Black, former editor of Family Process and a well-published author. The purpose of the workshop is to help participants shape a developing manuscript for submission to Family Process or other journals. Participants will receive both individual feedback on their work from Dr. Imber-Black and small group consultation. Fellows will also have the opportunity to meet the Family Process Institute Board of Directors.

The fellowship includes free tuition, two nights hotel and a $300 stipend toward travel for The Craft of Scholarly Writing workshop.  The fellowship awardees for 2018 are currently scheduled for a workshop in September in Evanston, Illinois. Ten fellowships are awarded each year. In order to receive the travel stipend, fellows will be required to submit a complete draft of their article to Dr. Imber-Black eight weeks prior to the workshop. Guidelines for the paper will be provided.

New writers from any discipline whose scholarly interests focus on families and systems may apply. Eligible applicants include (a) students, (b) those who have earned their degree within the past five years and been the first author on no more than two articles, and (c) persons who have been working in the field for some time but are new to writing. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to papers that promote social justice as a systemic issue.

Applications must include:

  • A 700-1000 word essay that includes (a) the focus and purpose of the article that you intend to write, (b) the potential of your scholarship to advance systemic theory, research, and practice grounded in a commitment to social justice, (c) current status of the project, (d) how your background and resources enable completion of the article, (e) specifically how you hope the workshop will improve your writing, and (f) your mentorship plans or needs following the workshop. Persons whose degree was earned more than five years ago should explain why they are now taking up writing.
  • Current CV

Click here to submit your application. The call for applications for 2019 will go out in October 2018 and will be due in January 2019.

Applications will be rated on:

  1. quality of the essay (50%)
  2. potential contribution to Family Process Institute mission (see below) (25%)
  3. potential to complete article (25%)

The selection committee strives to achieve balance of disciplines, areas of interest, and social locations among the workshop participants.

Family Process Institute is an independent, multidisciplinary, transnational organization dedicated to developing and exchanging new theory, research, applied practice, and policy related to families and other systems. Grounded in a commitment to social justice, Family Process Institute aims to be an independent voice for scholarly work in the field and to shape future directions for research and practice.


New Writers’ Awardees 2017