Graduate Fellowships { Fellowships Office }

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Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships

Please consult the program website to confirm program details, including applicable deadlines.

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Program Purpose

The Ford Foundation seeks to increase diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize educational benefits of diversity, and to increase number of professors who use diversity as a resource for enriching student education.

Program Description

Predoctoral Fellowships are awarded to individuals with superior academic achievement who are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of achievement as scholars and teachers, and are prepared to use diversity as a teaching resource.

Supported Fields

Awards are made for study in research-based doctoral programs: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, earth sciences, economics, engineering, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, urban planning, and women's studies. Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, such as African American studies and Native American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs, such as area studies, peace studies, and social justice.


Three years of support are provided to graduate students studying for a PhD or ScD degree in the humanities, sciences, or social sciences. Fellowship provides a $20,000 annual stipend, $2,000 in tuition, paid expenses to an annual Conference of Ford Fellows, and mentoring by former fellows.

Applicant Profile

Successful applicants will show promise of continuing achievement as scholars and teachers, the capacity to respond to learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds, sustained engagement with communities underrepresented in the academy. A positive factor in selection is membership in one or more of the following groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding: Alaska Native, African American, Mexican American, Native American, Native Pacific Islander, or Puerto Rican.


Graduating seniors or graduating master's level students entering a doctoral program.


U.S. citizens or nationals.


Usually in early November.

How To Apply



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