Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships

Who is eligible? U.S. citizens aspiring to a teaching and research career in higher education who are enrolled or are planning to enroll in a research-based program leading to the Ph.D. or the Sc.D. Preference for applicants from groups "whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding."
When is the Deadline? Campus Deadline: Early October
Ford Deadline: Early November
Description The fellowship emphasizes research-based study, not practice-oriented programs, and supports three years of support for graduate studies. The Foundation seeks individuals who have had significant involvement with underrepresented communities and who hold the promise of responding to the specific learning needs of students of diverse backgrounds.
How Do I Apply? The Ford Diversity Fellowship application is available online. The student must complete the application, three essays, and a list of four references by the November deadline. Transcripts, reference letters and GRE scores are due in January.
Essay(s): A proposed plan of graduate study; a statement of previous research; a personal statement regarding the uses of diversity in pedagogy and the student's long-term career goals.
What happens after I submit an application? Special panels of scholars organized by the National Research Council review all applications. Fellowship awards are announced in April
What's next? Students awarded fellowships are required to enroll full-time in Ph.D. or ScD. programs. Ford Fellows participate in conferences of their peers and established scholars.

"Through its program of Diversity Fellowships, 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. This year the program will award approximately 60 predoctoral fellowships."

For more information, see the Ford Diversity Fellowship website.

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