Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships provide financial support for graduate study to individuals who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to and show promise for careers as college-level scholars and teachers, and are committed to diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree.
Each fellowship provides an annual stipend of $20,000 to its recipient, an award of $2,000 to his or institution in lieu of tuition and fees, travel expenses for at least one Ford Fellows conference, and access to a mentoring and support network of former fellows.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals with superior academic records and committed to careers in teaching and research at the college or university level. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree by the time they would take up the fellowship, and must be enrolled or planning to enroll in eligible research-based programs leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a U.S. higher educational institution.
In addition to the eligibility criteria mentioned, selection committees will look for candidates who have sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in academia and an ability to bring this asset to future learning, teaching, and scholarship. Membership in a group historically underrepresented in academia will also be considered a positive factor—these groups include Alaska Natives, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native American Indians, Native Pacific Islanders, and Puerto Ricans.