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2016 Ford Foundation
Fellowship Program
competition is scheduled to open in September 2015.

Please continue to monitor this site for future announcements. 

2016 Predoctoral application deadline will be:
November 20, 2015
(5:00 PM EST)

2016 Dissertation and Postdoctoral application deadlines will be:
November 13, 2015

(5:00 PM EST)

Supplementary Materials receipt deadline (all levels) will be:
January 8, 2016
(5:00 PM EST)  





Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks 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.


Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies on behalf of the Ford Foundation.

Eligibility to apply for a Ford fellowship is limited to:

  • All citizens, nationals and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, and individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, 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),
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.

Receipt of the fellowship award is conditioned upon each awardee providing satisfactory documentation that he or she meets the eligibility requirements.


Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs; practice oriented degree programs are not eligible for support. in addition to the fellowship award, Ford Fellows are eligible to attend the Conference of Ford Fellows, a unique national conference of a select group of high-achieving scholars committed to diversifying the professoriate and using diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. 

For information regarding level-specific eligibility requirements, stipends, and other program information for each of the three levels of the Fellowship program, please access the fact sheet for the program level of your interest: predoctoral, dissertation, or postdoctoral.

Please use the "Continue to... "  links at the bottom of each page of this website. They will guide you through the requirements of the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program and provide you with all of the steps required to apply for the fellowship. 


Continue to the Predoctoral Fact Sheet 
Continue to the Dissertation Fact Sheet 
Continue to the Postdoctoral Fact Sheet 

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2016 Program Announcements

Predoctoral Program Announcement
Dissertation Program Announcement
Postdoctoral Program Announcement

 2014 Conference of Senior Ford Fellows

The 2014 Conference of Senior Ford Fellows will be held in Irvine, California on September 28, 2014. This is the second bi-annual Senior Ford Fellows Conference and this year's Conference theme is "Visions and Strategies for Transforming the Academy." Registration for senior Fellows is now open. Please click on the link about to the Senior Ford Fellows Conference webpage to access the online registration form. 

50th Anniversary Video

The Ford Foundation Fellowship Program reached a significant milestone in 2012: Its 50th Anniversary! Click here to view the video honoring this important event.