Ford Foundation Fellowships

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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, 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.

Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation.


Predoctoral - $24,000 each year for three years

Dissertation - $25,000 for one year

Postdoctoral - $45,000 for one year

Eligibility Criteria: 

Eligibility to apply for a Ford fellowship is limited to:

  • All citizens, nationals, and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), 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.

Prospective applicants should carefully read the eligibility requirements, the Predoctoral, Dissertation, or Postdoctoral Fact Sheets.

Application Process: 

All applications must be complete.  Three references are required.  The proposed plan of study must be focused and concise. 

Detailed application information is available at

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