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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.”

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 was held in Irvine, California on September 28, 2014. This was the second bi-annual Senior Ford Fellows Conference and the Conference theme was "Visions and Strategies for Transforming the Academy."

 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.   

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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 citizens, nationals, and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, as well as 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), 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.


2017 Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs
Competition will open in September 2016

2017 Predoctoral application deadline:
November 17, 2016
(5:00 PM EST)

2017 Dissertation and Postdoctoral application deadlines:
November 10, 2016

(5:00 PM EST)

Supplementary Materials receipt deadline (all levels):
January 10, 2017
(5:00 PM EST)