Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Ford Predoctoral Fellowships

About the Ford Predoctoral Fellowships

The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties in order to 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. Fellowships are made at the predoctoral level to students who demonstrate academic excellence, a commitment to pluralism and a strong interest in teaching and research. Awards are made for 3 years of study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D programs. Practice-oriented degree programs are not eligible.

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

Eligible applicants:

– are US citizens, national or permanent residents, as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program
– have evidence of superior academic achievement
– are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level
– who are pursuing or will be pursuing a doctoral degree in an eligible field of study

University endorsement required?

No

Citizenship requirement:

U.S. citizen or permanent resident

The Ford Predoctoral Fellowships 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),
– your proposed plan for graduate study and a timeline of long range career goals
– contact information for at least three professors who will write your recommendation letters

Application deadline is in mid December.

Interested? Contact CFSA to get started on your application

Advising contact:

Please contact CFSA  Email:  
More Information:  http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/fordfellowships/index.htm

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