Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships: Predoctoral Fellowship

The predoctoral fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Ph.D. The Ford Foundation offers predoctoral fellowships to members of groups whose underrepresentation in the professoriate has been severe and long-standing.  Awards will be made for study in research-based doctoral programs in selected academic disciplines. A comprehensive list of eligible fields of study is listed on the program website. Individuals enrolled in practice-oriented programs will not be supported. The program will award approximately 75 predoctoral fellowships annually.

Application Materials

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

What they’re looking for

  • Field(s) of study:

    • Humanities
    • Language Studies
    • STEM
    • Art & Architecture
    • Social Sciences
    • Education
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievements
  • 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.
Academic Level
Field(s) of Study
Language Studies
Art and Architecture
Social Sciences
Application Deadline
Nomination Required
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen
Permanent Resident