About the Scholarship

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program

The Ford Foundation Fellowship program offers predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral awards to qualified US students who plan on a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nations 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.

Awards will be made for study in research-based PhD or ScD programs that include the following major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, cultural studies, earth sciences, economics, 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, women’s studies.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program Amount

  • Predoctoral--$24,000 per year for three years

  • Dissertation--$25,000 for one year

  • Postdoctoral--$45,000 for one year

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program Application Deadline

2020 Dissertation and Postdoctoral application deadlines:

December 6, 2019

5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)


2020 Predoctoral application deadline:

December 13, 2019

5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)


Supplementary Materials deadline for submitted applications:

January 8, 2020

5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)  

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

  • The applicant can be a political asylee, refugee or an individual who was granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program irrespective of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

  • The applicant must have proof of superior academic achievement.

  • The applicant must pursue a career in research and teaching at the level of university or college.

  • The applicant must hold a status under the DACA Program currently.

  • The applicant must meet the guidelines of the USCIS for DACA.

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