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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)  

 

 


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

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

  

The online fellowship application is available through this site. Applicants must register and establish a personal user ID and password. All application materials become the property of the National Academies and are not returned to applicants. Please note that all application materials must be written in English. Below is a listing of the components of the fellowship application for the:


Applying for a PREDOCTORAL fellowship

In order to be reviewed, the online application must be submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on November 20, 2015. Supplementary Materials must be uploaded to the fellowship application by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on January 8, 2016. Items listed below in boldface are required.
 
  • Personal information, contact information, educational background (names of all post-secondary institutions attended, years attended, degrees received, undergraduate and graduate GPAs for all degrees earned, or in progress, as of fall 2015), 
  • List of any honors, awards, fellowships, and employment,   
  • Personal statement (maximum two pages, double-spaced) that describes the applicant’s background and experience and commitment to the goals of the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs by addressing all of the following that apply:
    • the applicant’s capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds
    • the applicant’s sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy and ability to bring this asset to learning, teaching and scholarship at the college or university level
    • the applicant’s likelihood of using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship, and
    • the applicant's membership in one or more of the following groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding:
      • Alaska Natives (Aleut, Eskimo or other Indigenous People of Alaska)
      • Black/African Americans
      • Mexican Americans/Chicanas/Chicanos
      • Native American Indians
      • Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian)
      • Puerto Ricans 
  • Statement of previous research and scholarly productivity (maximum three pages, double-spaced), including a list of publications and presentations,
  • Essay describing proposed plan of graduate study and research and the applicant’s long-range career goals (maximum two pages, double-spaced, avoid technical jargon), and
  • Names and contact information of a minimum of three professors who will upload a letter of recommendation on your behalf (four letters are highly recommended). Applications with fewer than three letters submitted by January 8, 2016 will not be reviewed.

Advance Preparation

  • Prepare essays in advance and save each in a separate file in .pdf format so that you are prepared to upload these texts. Get feedback from advisers, mentors, and colleagues.
  • Contact potential recommenders. Be certain that they agree to upload a letter of recommendation for you and that they can do so by the deadline of 5:00 PM Eastern Time on January 8, 2016. The online system will require you to provide an e-mail address for each recommender.
  • Confirm the minimum Supplementary Materials required to be submitted in support of your fellowship application and the deadline date for their receipt.
  • Visit the How to Apply page for additional resources for preparing your application.

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Applying for a DISSERTATION fellowship

In order to be reviewed, applicants must have successfully achieved doctoral degree candidacy as defined by this program: applicants must have completed all departmental and institutional requirements for their degree and will complete the dissertation during the 2016-2017 academic year, but no later than fall 2017. The online application must be submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on November 13, 2015. Supplementary Materials must be uploaded to the fellowship application by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on January 8, 2016. Items listed below in boldface are required.
 
  • Personal information, contact information, educational background (names of all institutions attended, years attended, degrees received, undergraduate and graduate GPAs for all degrees earned, or in progress as of 2015),
  • List of any honors, awards, fellowships, and employment,
  • Personal statement (maximum two pages, double-spaced) that describes the applicant’s background and experience and commitment to the goals of the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs by addressing all of the following that apply:
    • the applicant’s capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds
    • the applicant’s sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy and ability to bring this asset to learning, teaching and scholarship at the college or university level
    • the applicant’s likelihood of using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship, and
    • the applicant's membership in one or more of the following groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding:
      • Alaska Natives (Aleut, Eskimo or other Indigenous People of Alaska)
      • Black/African Americans
      • Mexican Americans/Chicanas/Chicanos
      • Native American Indians
      • Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian)
      • Puerto Ricans
  • Statement of previous research and scholarly productivity (maximum three pages, double-spaced), including a list of publications and presentations,
  • Abstract of dissertation (maximum one page, double-spaced),
  • Essay explaining the plan and timeline for completing the dissertation and describing the applicant’s long-range career goals (maximum three pages, double-spaced, avoid technical jargon),
  • Annotated bibliography (two to four sentences each) for no more than ten key sources related to your research; both primary and secondary sources, and
  • Names and contact information of a minimum of three professors who will upload a letter of recommendation on your behalf (four letters are highly recommended). Applications with fewer than three letters submitted by the January 8, 2016 deadline will not be reviewed.

 Advance Preparation

  • Prepare essays and annotated bibliography in advance and save each in a separate file in .pdf format so that you are prepared to upload these texts. Get feedback from advisers, mentors, and colleagues.
  • Contact potential recommenders. Be certain that they agree to upload a letter of recommendation for you and that they can do so by the deadline of 5:00 PM Eastern Time on January 8, 2016. The online system will require you to provide an e-mail address for each recommender.
  • Confirm the minimum Supplementary Materials required to be submitted in support of your fellowship application and the deadline date for their receipt.
  • Visit the How to Apply page for additional resources for preparing your application.

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Applying for a POSTDOCTORAL fellowship

In order to reviewed, the Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree must have been awarded in an eligible research-based field from a U.S. institution of higher education no earlier than November 30, 2008 and no later than November 13, 2015. Postdoctoral fellowship applicants whose Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree has not been awarded by the Nov. 13, 2015 deadline must submit the official National Academies Verification of Doctoral Degree Attainment Form attesting that the applicant has met all requirements for the Ph.D./Sc.D. degree including successful defense of the dissertation by November 13, 2015. The online application must be submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on November 13, 2015. Supplementary Materials must be uploaded to the fellowship application by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on January 8, 2016. Items listed below in boldface are required.
  • Personal information, contact information, educational background (names of all institutions attended, years attended, degrees received),
  • List of any honors, awards, fellowships, grants, and employment,  
  • Personal statement (not to exceed two pages, double-spaced) that describes the applicant’s background and experience and commitment to the goals of the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs by addressing all of the following that apply:
    • the applicant’s capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds
    • the applicant’s sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy and ability to bring this asset to learning, teaching and scholarship at the college or university level
    • the applicant’s likelihood of using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship,
    • the applicant's membership in one or more of the following groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding:
      • Alaska Natives (Aleut, Eskimo or other Indigenous People of Alaska)
      • Black/African Americans
      • Mexican Americans/Chicanas/Chicanos
      • Native American Indians
      • Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian)
      • Puerto Ricans
  • Statement of previous research and scholarly productivity (maximum three pages, double-spaced), including a list of publications and presentations
  • Abstract of dissertation (maximum one page, double-spaced),
  • Abstract of Proposed Plan of Study or Research (maximum one page, double-spaced),
  • Proposed Plan of Study or Research and long-range career goals (maximum three pages, double-spaced, avoid technical jargon),
  • Annotated bibliography (two to four sentences each) for no more than ten key sources related to your research; include both primary and secondary sources, and
  • Names and contact information of a minimum of three professors or colleagues who will upload a letter of recommendation on your behalf (four letters are highly recommended). Applications with fewer than three letters submitted by the January 8, 2016 deadline will not be reviewed.
  • Name and contact information for host mentor/colleague.

Advance Preparation

  • Prepare essays and annotated bibliography in advance and save each in a separate file in .pdf format so that you are prepared to upload these texts. Get feedback from advisers, mentors, and colleagues.
  • Contact potential recommenders and provide them a draft of your research proposal. Be certain that they agree to upload a letter of recommendation for you and that they can do so by the deadline of 5:00 PM Eastern Time on January 8, 2016. The online system will require you to provide an e-mail address for each recommender.
  • Make contact with your proposed host institution and host mentor. The required host letter must meet the January 8, 2016 deadline.
  • Confirm the minimum Supplementary Materials required to be submitted in support of your fellowship application and the deadline date for their receipt.
  • Visit the How to Apply page for additional resources for preparing your application. 

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