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2015 Ford Foundation
Fellowship Program
competition is
NOW CLOSED
and no longer accepting applications 

Predoctoral application deadline was:
November 19, 2014
(5:00 PM EST)
 

Dissertation and Postdoctoral application deadlines were:
November 14, 2014

(5:00 PM EST)
 

Supplementary Materials receipt deadline (all levels):
January 9, 2015
(5:00 PM EST)  

 

 


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

The 2015 FORD FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM competition is NOW CLOSED and no longer accepting applications.

  

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 Standard Time on November 19, 2014. Supplementary Materials must be uploaded to the fellowship application by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on January 9, 2015. Items listed below in boldface are required.
 
  • Personal information, contact information, educational background (names of all post-secondary institutions attended, years attended, degrees received), list of honors, awards, fellowships and employment,   
  • Statement of previous research (two-page limit, double-spaced),
  • Essay describing proposed plan of graduate study and research and the applicant’s long-range career goals (two-page limit, double-spaced, avoid technical jargon),
  • 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 Program 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
    • 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 American/Chicanas/Chicanos
      • Native American Indians
      • Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian)
      • Puerto Ricans
         
  • Names and contact information of a minimum of three professors who will upload a letter of recommendation on your behalf (a minimum of three letters are required for a fellowship application to be included in the review; however, four letters are highly recommended).

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 referees. Be certain that they agree to upload a letter of reference for you and that they can do so by the deadline of 5:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on January 9, 2015. The on-line system will require you to provide an e-mail address for each referee.
  • There are more resources for preparing your application. Go to the How to Apply page for more information.
  • Be sure to confirm the minimum Supplementary Materials required to be submitted in support of your fellowship application and the deadline date for their receipt.

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Applying for a DISSERTATION fellowship

In order to compete, 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, except for the writing and defense of the dissertation. These requirements include, for example, required course work, language requirements, admission to doctoral candidacy and approval of the dissertation proposal. The on-line application must be submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on November 14, 2014. Supplementary Materials must be uploaded to the fellowship application  by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on January 9, 2015. Items listed below in boldface are required.
 
  • Personal information, contact information, educational background (names of all institutions attended, years attended, degrees received), list of honors, awards, fellowships and employment,
    Statement of previous research (two-page limit, double-spaced),
  • Annotated bibliography: provide an annotated bibliography (two to three sentences each) for no more than ten key sources related to your research; both primary and secondary sources,
  • Abstract of dissertation (one page limit): provide a one to two paragraph abstract of your dissertation proposal,
  • Essay explaining the plan and timeline for completing the dissertation and describing the applicant’s long-range career goals (three-page limit, double-spaced, avoid technical jargon),
  • 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 Program 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
    • 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 American/Chicanas/Chicanos
      • Native American Indians
      • Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian)
      • Puerto Ricans
  • Names and contact information of a minimum of three professors who will upload a letter of recommendation on your behalf (a minimum of three letters is required for a fellowship application to be included in the review; however, four letters are highly recommended).

 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 referees. Be certain that they agree to upload a letter of reference for you and that they can do so by the deadline of 5:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on January 9, 2015. The on-line system will require you to provide an e-mail address for each referee.
  • There are more resources for preparing your application. Go to the How to Apply page for more information.
  • Be sure to confirm the minimum Supplementary Materials required to be submitted in support of your fellowship application and the deadline date for their receipt.

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Applying for a POSTDOCTORAL fellowship

In order to compete, the Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree must have been conferred no earlier than Nov. 30, 2007 and no later than Nov. 14, 2014. Postdoctoral fellowship applicants whose Ph.D. degree has not been conferred by the Nov. 14, 2014 deadline must submit the official NRC Verfication 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 14, 2014. The on-line application must be submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on November 14, 2014. Supplementary Materials must be uploaded to the fellowship application  by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on January 9, 2015. Items listed below in boldface are required.
  • Personal information, contact information, educational background (names of all institutions attended, years attended, degrees received), list of honors, awards, fellowships and employment,  
  • Statement of previous research (two-page limit, double-spaced),Annotated bibliography: provide an annotated bibliography (two to three sentences each) for no more than ten key sources related to your research; include both primary and secondary sources,
  • Abstract of dissertation (one-page limit, double-spaced),
  • Abstract of Proposed Plan of Study or Research (one-page limit, double-spaced),
  • Proposed Plan of Study or Research and long-range career goals (three-page limit, double-spaced, avoid technical jargon),
  • 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 Program 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,
    • 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 American/Chicanas/Chicanos
      • Native American Indians
      • Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian)
      • Puerto Ricans
  • Names and contact information of a minimum of three professors or colleagues who will upload a letter of recommendation on your behalf (three letters are required for a fellowship application to be included in the review; however, four letters are highly recommended), and
  • Name and contact information for host mentor/colleague.

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 referees. Be certain that they agree to upload a letter of reference for you and that they can do so by the deadline of 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on January 9, 2015. The on-line system will require you to provide an e-mail address for each referee.
  • Make contact with your proposed host institution and host mentor.
  • There are more resources for preparing your application. Go to the How to Apply page for more information.
  • Be sure to confirm the minimum Supplementary Materials required to be submitted in support of your fellowship application and the deadline date for their receipt.

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