Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships: Dissertation Fellowships

The dissertation fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. The Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship is intended to support the final year of writing and defense of the dissertation. Dissertation fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. The program will award approximately 36 dissertation fellowships. 

Application Materials

  • Personal Statement
  • Statement of Previous Research and Scholarly Productivity
  • Proposed Plan
  • Annotated Bibliography 
  • Transcript(s)
  • Letters of Recommendation

What they’re looking for

  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors, or other distinctions)
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at a college or university
  • Enrolled in an eligible research-based program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D.
  • Individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree
Academic Level
Field(s) of Study
Language Studies
Art and Architecture
Social Sciences
Application Deadline
Nomination Required
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen
Permanent Resident