Foundation / Corporation
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
12/16/21 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Fellowships to USA predoctoral students to support research during graduate studies. Predoctoral fellows must show a commitment to a career in research and teaching at the college or university level. Selected fellows must be studying in an eligible field of study and be enrolled in a full-time Ph.D. or Sc.D. program.
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, maximizing the educational benefits of diversity, and increasing the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
Predoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs. Examples include: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, cultural studies, earth sciences, economics, engineering, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, urban planning, and women’s studies. Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, such as African American studies and Native American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs, such as area studies, peace studies, and social justice. Research-based fields of education are eligible if the major field of study is listed above and is used to describe the Ph.D. or Sc.D. program of the applicant (e.g., sociology of education, anthropology and education).
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. For more details on the Conference of Ford Fellows, see: https://sites.nationalacademies.org/cs/groups/pgasite/documents/webpage/pga_366615.pdf#page=3
GrantWatch ID#: 199671
This year, the program will award approximately 75 predoctoral fellowships.
Stipend and Benefits:
- An annual stipend of $27,000 for three years
- An invitation to attend the annual Conference of Ford Fellows
- Access to Ford Fellow Regional Liaisons – a network of former Ford Fellows who have volunteered to provide mentoring and support to current Fellows – and access to other networking resources
By accepting the award, fellowship recipients affirm that they plan to use a total of three years of support from the Ford predoctoral fellowship. Fellowship recipients must begin the first year of Ford Fellowship tenure on September 1, 2022. After the first year of fellowship tenure, Fellows may choose to defer funding for one or two years but must use all three years of support within the five-year period of eligibility. During Ford Fellowship tenure years, Fellows must remain on tenure full-time for the academic year.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Online Application: https://nrc58.nas.edu/InfoFord20/Home/SignIn.aspx?c=FordApplicants
For additional information or questions, contact FordApplications@nas.edu or call 202-334-2872.
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