Fellowships & Scholarships

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships

Sponsor: Ford Foundation

Purpose: The Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships seek to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. To facilitate this goal the Fellowship grants awards at the Predoctoral, Dissertation and, Postdoctoral levels to students whom demonstrate excellence, a commitment to diversity and, a desire to enter the professorate.

Opportunity: These fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree at a US institution of higher education.

  • Annual stipend of $24,000
  • Expenses will be paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows at which a student will attend publication and career advancement workshops; learn strategies to plan an academic career and complete the dissertation; receive proposal, grant-writing, and research funding advice; give paper and poster presentations with supportive critiques from colleagues; talk with university and academic presses; and network with peers and established scholars
  • Access to Ford Fellow Regional Liaisons, a network of former Ford Fellows who have volunteered to provide mentoring and support to current fellows

Selection Criteria:

  • superior academic achievement
  • committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level
  • show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers
  • are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students

Citizenship Requirements: US citizen, US national, permanent resident, or DACA recipient

Additional Requirements:  Intended for Ph.D./Sc.D. students about to enroll in a Ph.D./Sc.D. program by the following fall term and those who are in the early stages of their Ph.D./Sc.D. study. As of the following fall term, eligible applicants must have at least three years of graduate study remaining. Membership in one or more groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding is a preference but is not required. 

Min. GPA: none stated

Class year: Senior or Alum

Subject restrictions: Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs in selected academic disciplines. A comprehensive list of eligible fields of study is listed here. Be sure to expand each general field listed to see all related fields that are eligible.

National deadline:  mid-November

Campus deadline:  mid-October

Nomination/Institutional Endorsement Required?: No

Website: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/PGA_047958

Fields of study:

  • Engineering
  • Physical and Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities and the Arts

Foreign/Domestic: Domestic