Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Three types of fellowships are available:

  • Predoctoral Awards of $24,000 a year for three years will be awarded in support of individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a PhD or ScD degree.
  • Dissertation Awards of $25,000 will be awarded to individuals in the final year of writing and defense of his/her dissertation leading to a PhD or ScD degree.  
  • Postdoctoral Awards of $45,000 will be awarded in support of individuals engaged in postdoctoral study after the attainment of the PhD or ScD degree.

Eligible disciplines include: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, cultural studies, earth sciences, economics, education, engineering, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, urban planning and women’s studies.

Eligibility to apply for a Ford fellowship is limited to:

  • All U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, Indigenous individuals exercising rights associated with the Jay Treaty of 1794, political asylees, and refugees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation,
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations) and
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs webpage.

Please note the deadline to apply is Dec. 10, 2019.