The Fellowships Office administers pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and senior fellowship awards on behalf of government and private sponsors; these fellowship awards play an important role in the career development of doctoral and post-doctoral researchers and scholars for the academic, federal, and private sector workforce both in the U.S. and internationally.
The Research Associateship Programs promote excellence in scientific and technological research through post-doctoral and senior research awards at sponsoring federal laboratories. Post-doctoral and senior scientists and engineers receiving awards experience career enhancement through concentrated research in top quality laboratories. Federal sponsors benefit from the introduction of new ideas and expertise and opportunities for the development of long-term collaborations. Since its inception in 1954, the Research Associateship Programs have supported the research of over 13,000 scientists and engineers.
The Ford Foundation funds Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral Fellowship awards. The objectives of these fellowship awards are 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. The Ford programs offer approximately 60 predoctoral awards, 35 awards for dissertation research and 24 postdoctoral awards each year. In addition to administering the competition and awards, the FO organizes the annual Conference of Ford Fellows, which enhances the professional development of Ford scholars through formal seminars, mentoring and networking.
The U.S. Department of State funds the Jefferson Science Fellows, senior scientists and engineers who hold 1-year fellowships tenable at the U.S. Department of State. In its ten year history, over 80 scientists, engineers and technologists have worked in various Department of State offices and regional bureaus, providing valuable insights in policy-making decisions. After their tenure year Jefferson Science Fellows continue to serve as a resource to the Department for short-term assignments.
In addition to making a variety of fellowship awards, the FO organizes annual conferences and symposia for the various fellowship programs and facilitates a bi-annual Fellowship Roundtable for administrators of fellowship programs, both public and private.