Subscribe to our mailing list  |  Search:  
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs
Fellowships Office
Policy and Global Affairs
Home Applicants Fellows Educational Institutions Networking & Mentoring Contact Fellowships Home
Ford Foundation Fellowships News
Winding Down the Ford Foundation Fellowships

For more information, see the FAQ page

Updated Fellowship flyers are available for download and dissemination:

An updated PowerPoint presentation is available:
Ford Fellowships Overview.

A new Directory of Ford Fellows is available.

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 2016-2023 Ford Foundation Senior Fellowship awardees.

Proceedings of the 2012 and 2014 Senior Ford Foundation Fellows' Conferences

The inaugural Senior Ford Fellows’ Conference (SFFC) occurred in September 2012, as part of commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs. Biennial SFFCs have continued since then. These Proceedings summarize content from the 2012 and 2014 SFFC concurrent sessions related to issues of post-tenure professional development, advocacy and institutional change. They reflect the expertise and experience of senior scholars across disciplines providing transformative leadership in and outside of the academy. The Proceedings may be shared widely and used to advance the broadening access to higher education mission that guides the Fellowship Program.

2021 and 2022 Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs Awardees and Honorable Mentions 



Through its program of fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and 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 are 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); individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program;1 Indigenous individuals exercising rights associated with the Jay Treaty of 1794; individuals granted Temporary Protected Status; 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 in the U.S.

    1Eligibility includes individuals with current status under the DACA Program, as well as individuals whose status may have lapsed but who continue to meet all the USCIS guidelines for DACA.

Receipt of the fellowship award is conditioned upon awardees providing satisfactory documentation that they meet all 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 carefully review 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, new Ford Fellows are invited 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.


2023 Competition Dates

Supplementary Materials deadline for submitted applications
January 5, 2023
5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)  

Notification of 2023 awards:
March 22, 2023
Individual results are available in the online application module.


Connect with Us!

Subscribe to our mailing list to receive program announcements and other news.

Follow us on social media:

Facebook icon Twitter icon