The Frank F. Furstenberg Early Career Scholars Program offers a unique professional development and mentorship opportunity to early-career scholars conducting research on American families. The program offers selected scholars mentorship from senior scholars who provide guidance and support to promote their research to journalists and the media.
Through participation in the CCF Early Career Scholars Program, early career scholars attend a virtual summer-long program consisting of four professional development seminars and three one-on-one meetings with their mentors, including peer networking activities and training in public scholarship with other scholars. In the Fall, they attend a CCF workshop to present their research, meet their mentors in person, and receive further training, mentoring, and networking opportunities with board members, other scholars, and each other.
Each CCF Scholar receives an allocation of $750 towards travel and a complimentary CCF membership for two years. Scholars also work to produce a research brief, fact sheet, or blog post about their research that CCF publishes and disseminates to the media. These experiences enable scholars to gain valuable skills to promote their research on American families to media outlets and allow them to interact not only with their selected mentors but also with other scholars and professionals.