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.

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

Eligible applicants:

– are US citizens, national or permanent residents, individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, asylees, and refugees
– 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?


Citizenship requirement:

U.S. citizen or permanent resident

The Ford Predoctoral Fellowships application process:

Start by reviewing the fellowship website to learn more about the 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 (four letters are recommended; five letters maximum)

Application deadline is in mid December.

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

Advising contact:

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising  Email: More Information:

Enter any terms you are interested, such as “Government” or “Biotechnology”,