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Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship Competition in USA, 2019

Approximately 70 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships are available for graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. The fellowship provides three years of support.

Fellowships are tenable at any fully accredited, non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. institution of higher education offering a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in the eligible fields of study. All arrangements for acceptance into a doctoral program at the chosen institution are the responsibility of the applicant. An applicant need not be accepted by the chosen institution at the time of application.



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A valuable program for all citizens, nationals, and permanent residents of the United States

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Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Individuals enrolled in or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based (dissertation-required), program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. institution of higher education.


  • Application Deadline: December 10, 2019
  • Course Level: Fellowships provide support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree at any fully accredited, nonprofit, nonproprietary U.S. institution of higher education.
  • Study Subject: Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs; practice-oriented degree programs are not eligible for support (see eligible fields). Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs that include the following major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, cultural studies, earth sciences, economics, engineering, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, urban planning, and women’s studies. Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, such as African American studies and Native American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs, such as area studies, peace studies, and social justice. Research-based fields of education are eligible if the major field of study is listed above and is used to describe the Ph.D. or Sc.D. program of the applicant (e.g., sociology of education, anthropology and education). Individuals enrolled in the following programs will not be supported: administration, audiology, business, consumer studies, curriculum development, exercise physiology, filmmaking, fine arts, guidance, human resource management, kinesiology, leadership, library and information science, management, nursing, occupational health, performing arts, personnel, physical education, physical therapy, public health, rehabilitation science, social welfare, social work, speech pathology, and teacher education. In addition, awards will not be made for work leading to terminal master’s degrees, the Ed.D. degree, the degrees of Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.) or Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), or professional degrees in such areas as medicine, law, and public health, or for study in any portions of joint degree programs such as the M.D./Ph.D., J.D./Ph.D., and M.F.A./Ph.D. Interdisciplinary areas of study that have major content in ineligible fields listed above will not be included in the competition.
  • Award: They offer
    • An annual stipend of $24,000
    • Attendance at the annual 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
  • Number of Awards: This year the program will award approximately 70 predoctoral fellowships.
  • Nationality: All citizens, nationals, and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States
  • The award can be taken in the USA


  • Eligible Countries: All citizens, nationals, and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States can apply for these predoctoral fellowships.
  • Entrance Requirements: Eligibility to apply for a Ford fellowship is limited to:
    • All U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program1, political asylees, and refugees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation,
    • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations), and
    • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.

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How to Apply

  • How to Apply: The mode of applying is online. Applicants must register online and establish a personal user ID and password. All application materials must be written in English and become the property of the National Academies. The online application must be submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on December 13, 2018. Supplementary Materials must be uploaded by 5:00 PM EST on January 8, 2019. No extensions or exceptions will be made for these deadlines. Items listed below in bold are required.
  • Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

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