Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

About the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

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.

The dissertation fellowship supports the final year of writing and defense of the dissertation for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. Fellowships are awarded in a national competition by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. Successful fellows receive a one-time stipend of $25,000, access to a network of former Ford Fellows that provide mentoring, and are paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows.

PhD candidates studying the following disciplines and interdisciplinary fields are eligible to apply: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, cultural studies, earth sciences, economics, education, 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). Fellowships will not be awarded to students pursuing 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.

Location of award, if applicable: U.S. university

Eligible applicants:

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

U.S. citizen or permanent resident

The Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship application process:

Start by reviewing the website for information about the fellowship requirements, eligibility and deadlines.
Discuss with CFSA and your dissertation advisor about your plans to apply for the fellowship.

Application components include:
– a personal statement (maximum of 2 pages)
– a statement of previous research and scholarly productivity (maximum of 3 pages)
– abstract of your dissertation (maximum of 1 page)
– your proposed plan for dissertation completion and a timeline of long range career goals
– an annotated bibliography
– contact information for at least three professors who will write your recommendation letters

Application deadline is in early December.

Interested? Contact CFSA for information on how to get started!

Advising contact:

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