Ford Foundation Predoctoral, Dissertation, & Postdoctoral Fellowships


Ford Foundation Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral Fellowships are to support scholars whose goal is to strengthen and increase diversity in academe. Predoctoral and Dissertation Awards are for research-based study in behavioral and social sciences, life and physical sciences, math and engineering, and the humanities leading to the PhD or ScD degrees only. Postdoctoral awards are for one year of research after receipt of the PhD or ScD. Postdoctoral awards are for those who are within seven years of the PhD or ScD.

Stipend and benefits:

  • Predoctoral: Annual stipend: $27,000 for three years, an invitation to attend the Conference of Ford Fellows, access to Ford Fellow Regional Liaisons, and access to other networking resources
  • Dissertation: One-year stipend: $28,000, an invitation to attend the Conference of Ford Fellows, access to Ford Fellow Regional Liaisons, and access to other networking resources
  • Postdoctoral: One-year stipend: $50,000, an invitation to attend the Conference of Ford Fellows, access to Ford Fellow Regional Liaisons, and access to other networking resources

Website: https://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/fordfellowships/index.htm

Application Deadline: December

Eligibility Requirements:

  • All U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card); individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program;Indigenous individuals exercising rights associated with the Jay Treaty of 1794; individuals granted Temporary Protected Status; 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);