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Fellowships to USA Predoctoral Students to
Support Research During Graduate Studies

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Deadline Date:

12/16/21 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

Description:

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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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199671

Number of Grants:

This year, the program will award approximately 75 predoctoral fellowships.

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility to apply for a predoctoral 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;* 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);
- Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in the U.S.;
- Individuals enrolled in or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based (dissertation-required) program (http://nrc58.nas.edu/FordApplicants20/ExtRpts/FieldCodeList.aspx) leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. institution of higher education no later than Fall 2022;
- Individuals who as of the 2022 fall semester require a minimum of three years of study** to complete their Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree; and
- Individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.

* Eligibility 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.

** Individuals must be enrolled full-time and may not accept full-time teaching or research assistantships, other major fellowships, internships, or similar internal or external awards during fellowship tenure and may not be concurrently enrolled in other degree granting programs.

Fellowship Institution:
Fellowships are tenable at any fully accredited, non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. institution of higher education offering a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in an eligible field of study.

Predoctoral fellowships are intended for students who have enrolled or plan to enroll in an eligible Ph.D. or Sc.D. program no later than fall 2022, including:
- Undergraduates in their senior year,
- Individuals who have completed undergraduate study,
- Individuals who have completed some graduate study, and
- Individuals already enrolled in a Ph.D. or Sc.D. program who provide evidence that they can fully utilize a threeyear fellowship award.

For applicants who have already begun a doctoral program, a Verification of Doctoral Degree Status form, signed by the graduate Adviser or department Chair, is required.

For Positive Factors for Selection (not eligibility requirements), see: https://sites.nationalacademies.org/cs/groups/pgasite/documents/webpage/pga_366615.pdf#page=2

Individuals enrolled in the following programs will not be supported unless the applicant can document that the program of study is research-based, requiring a dissertation, and the applicant plans to follow a career in teaching and research in academia: administration, audiology, business, consumer studies, curriculum development, exercise physiology, filmmaking, fine arts, guidance, human resource management, kinesiology, leadership, library and information science, management, nursing, occupational health, performing arts, personnel, physical education, physical therapy, public health, rehabilitation science, social welfare, social work, speech pathology, and teacher education. In addition, awards will not be made for work leading to terminal master’s degrees, the Ed.D. degree, the degrees of Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.) or Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), or professional degrees in such areas as medicine, law, and public health, or for study in joint degree programs such as the M.D./Ph.D., J.D./Ph.D., and M.F.A./Ph.D. This program does not support the Ph.D. portion of a joint/concurrent/articulated degree program.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- Application Open Date: September 7, 2021
- Application Deadline: December 16, 2021 at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)
- Supplementary Materials Deadline: January 6, 2022 at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)
- Notification of 2022 awards: Mid- to late March 2022

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs Homepage:
https://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/index.htm

Predoctoral Fellowship Fact Sheet:
https://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/PGA_047958

Predoctoral Application Instructions:
https://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/PGA_166320

Navigating the Online Application:
https://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/PGA_050530

FAQs:
https://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/PGA_046609

Contact Information:

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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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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