Academic Fellowships

The Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

The Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship awards a fellowship for graduate students early in their graduate program. The Ford Foundation is seeking ethnic and racial diversity to increase diversity on university campuses. 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
  • Must be enrolled in or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based (dissertation-required) program leading to a PhD or ScD no later than Fall 2024
  • Students who, as of the 2024 fall semester, require a minimum of three years of study to complete their PhD
  • Students who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field 

Application Timeline

  • National Deadline: Dec. 12, 2023


  • Ford Fellows receive a $27,000 stipend for 3 years.
  • 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.