The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. The fellowships provide up to three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Science degree. The fellowship includes an annual stipend of up to $20,000, an award to the institution in lieu of tuition and fees, and all expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen or national.
  • Evidence of superior academic achievement.
  • Committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.
  • Enrolled or planning to enroll in research-based program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a U.S. educational institution.
  • Must not have already earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.

General Information

Predoctoral fellowships are awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The following are considered additional positive factors in choosing successful candidates:

  • 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 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 professoriate has been severe and longstanding:
    • Alaska Native (Eskimo/Aleut)
    • Black/African American
    • Mexican American/Chicano
    • Native American Indian
    • Native Pacific Islander (Polynesian/Micronesian/Hawaiian)
    • Puerto Rican

    Review panels may also look at additional factors, such as the suitability of the proposed institution of graduate study and the likelihood that the applicant will fully utilize three years of support, including a year of coursework.

    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, engi¬neering, 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 interdisci¬plinary programs, such as area studies, peace studies, and social justice.

    Application Timeline and Instructions

    **Applicants apply directly to the Ford Foundation. All application materials and instructions can be found online at the Foundation website. The PAF office will only provide feedback to applicants who request it and who submit their materials for review a minimum of three weeks in advance of the application deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS.** All applicants should notify the PAF Office of their intent to apply by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    November 2016 
    Completed application and required documentation must be submitted to the National Research Council.
    January 2017  
    Supplementary materials must be submitted.
    April 2017  
    Awards announced.