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2017 Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs Awardees and Honorable Mentions announced.

The 2018 Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs are currently CLOSED. The 2019 competitions will re-open in September 2018. Click here to Sign in or Register.

2018 Program Announcements:
  Predoctoral (.pdf)
  Dissertation (.pdf)
  Postdoctoral  (.pdf)

Ford Foundation Senior Fellowship

The Ford Foundation Senior Fellowship award was established to further engage Ford Fellows in the important work of the Foundation. The goal of the Ford Foundation Senior Fellowship award is to support innovative research that addresses the overall goals and mission of “moving the Ford Foundation forward.” Click here to view information about the 2017 and 2016 Ford Foundation Senior Fellowship awardees.

 50th Anniversary Video

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



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 Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. 

Eligibility to apply for a Ford fellowship is limited to:

  • All U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, political asylees, and refugees, 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), and
  • 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 (see eligible fields). Prospective applicants should read carefully the eligibility requirements, the terms of the fellowship awards, application instructions and other information pertaining to the individual fellowship (Predoctoral, Dissertation, or Postdoctoral) for which they are applying.

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.


The 2018 Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs are CLOSED
and no longer accepting applications.

The supplementary materials deadline was January 9, 2018 at 5 PM EST.

Applicants will be notified of their review results by the end of March 2018.

2018 Competition Deadlines:

2018 Predoctoral application deadline:
December 14, 2017
(5:00 PM EST)

2018 Dissertation and Postdoctoral application deadlines:
December 7, 2017

(5:00 PM EST)

Supplementary Materials receipt deadline for submitted applications: 
January 9, 2018
(5:00 PM EST)  



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