Academic Fellowships

The Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship provides one year of support for scholars engaged in postdoctoral study after the completion of their PhD or ScD. Awards are made to students who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise for future achievement, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.  

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  • US citizens, US national, and US permanent resident, or DACA students 
  • Evidence of superior academic achievement
  • Must be committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in the US
  • Scholars who have completed all the requirements for a PhD or ScD degree, including the successful defense of the dissertation, no earlier than Dec. 9, 2015 and no later than Dec. 13, 2023. 

Application Timeline

  • National Deadline: Dec. 12, 2023


  • Ford Postdoctoral Fellows receive a $50,000 stipend for one year. 
  • Fellowship funds may be disbursed through the employing institution if necessary for the continuation of health insurance or other benefits. No dependency allowance is available.
  • An invitation to attend the Conference of Ford Fellows
  • Access to Ford Fellow Regional Liaisons - a network of former Ford Fellows who have volunteered to provide mentoring and support to current Fellows - and access to other networking resources.