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Ford Foundation Fellowships

Provides support for students engaged in graduate study in certain fields leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree.


The Ford Foundation 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 who demonstrate excellence, a commitment to diversity, and a desire to enter the professoriate.  Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs that include the following major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields: 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.


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Selection Criteria

The following will be considered as positive factors in choosing successful candidates:

  • Evidence of superior academic achievement;

  • Degree of promise of continuing achievement as scholars and teachers;

  • Capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds;

  • Sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy and an ability to bring this asset to learning, teaching, and scholarship at the college and university level;

  • Likelihood of using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship;

  • Membership in one or more of the following groups whose underrepresentation in the American professorate has been severe and longstanding: Alaska Natives, African-Americans, Mexican Americans, Native American Indians, Native Pacific Islanders, and Puerto Ricans.


Applicants must:

  • Be citizens or nationals of the U.S.;

  • Provide evidence of superior academic achievement;

  • Be committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level;

  • Be enrolled in or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a U.S. education institution;

  • Not have earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.

Individuals enrolled in the following practice-oriented programs will not be supported: business, management, administration, occupational health, nursing, consumer science, library and information science, speech pathology, audiology, personnel, guidance, social work, social welfare, public health, physical education, physical therapy, rehabilitation science, education, leadership, fine arts, filmmaking, and performing arts.  In addition, awards will not be made for work leading to terminal master’s degrees, the Ed.D. degree, the degrees of Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.) or Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), or professional degrees in such areas as medicine, law, and public health, or for study in joint degree programs such as the M.D./Ph.D., J.D./Ph.D., and M.F.A./Ph.D.


Predoctoral Awards provide $60,000 to support individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree.

Dissertation Awards provide $21,000 to support individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree.

Postdoctoral Awards provide $40,000 to support individuals engaged in postdoctoral study after the attainment of the Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree.


Predoctoral Awards provide $20,000 a year for up to three years.

Dissertation Awards provide $21,000 for one year.

Postdoctoral Awards provide $40,000 for one year.

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Ford Foundation Fellowships



Internal Selection Deadline (LSU)