FORD FOUNDATION DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIP
Eligibility to apply for a dissertation 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; 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);
- Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in the U.S.;
- Individuals enrolled in an eligible research-based (dissertation-required) program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. institution of higher education who will complete the dissertation in a period of 9-12 months during the 2021-2022 academic year, but no later than Fall 2022;
- Individuals who, by December 10, 2020, have completed all departmental and institutional requirements for their degree, except for writing and defense of the dissertation; and
- Individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.
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 available here.
Receipt of the fellowship award is conditioned upon awardees providing satisfactory documentation that they meet all the eligibility requirements.
HOW TO APPLY
Follow the steps below to prepare and submit an application for a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship.
- Read through the following:
- Familiarize yourself with Navigating the Online Application.
- Start an application here. The application will open on September 8, 2020.
Applicants should note that it is their responsibility to ensure that all application components--including all supplementary materials--have been entered, submitted, and uploaded by the specified deadlines.