Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Ford Predoctoral Fellowships

About the Ford Predoctoral Fellowships

Attention, future professors! Through its Fellowship Programs, 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:

Eligible applicants:

• are graduating seniors who plan to be enrolled in their Ph.D. or Sc.D. program in the following fall; or students who have completed part of their graduate study and can demonstrate that they have 3 years remaining in the Ph.D. program
• have evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations)
• will attend a Ph.D. program and want a career teaching and doing research at a college or university

Student year:

Student year at time of application:  Graduate or Senior

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

The Ford Predoctoral Fellowships application process:

Begin preparing early your academic career by pursuing research experiences and obtaining a research mentor. Work with scholarship advisors at CFSA to develop a strong application. Your statement of purpose should highlight your strong desire to pursue a career in academia.

Applications are due to the Ford Foundation in mid-November.

Contact CFSA to get started!

Advising contact:

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