Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowships for Minorities

Through its program of Diversity Fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s colleges 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.

The pre-doctoral fellowships provide three years of support for graduate study leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree. Awards include an annual stipend of $20,000.00, an award to the institution in lieu of tuition and fees of $2,000.00, expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows and access to Ford Fellows Liaisons, a network of former Ford fellows who have volunteered to provide mentoring and support to current fellows.

The eligibility requirements for the Fellowship are as follows:

  • Candidates must be citizens or nationals of the United States regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of superior academic achievement; be committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.
  • Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a U.S. educational institution.

Positive factors considered in selecting successful candidates are:

  • Evidence of superior academic achievement
  • Degree of promise of continuing achievement as scholars and teachers
  • Capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students with diverse backgrounds
  • Sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy
  • Likelihood of using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship
  • Membership in one or more of the following groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding:

Alaska Natives, Black/African-Americans, Mexican Americans/Chicanas/Chicanos

Native American Indians, Native Pacific Islanders, Puerto Ricans

Eligible fields of study: Awards will be made for study in research based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs that include the following disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields;

  • American, studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, earth sciences, economics, engineering, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, urban planning and women’s studies
  • Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs and peace and social justice studies.
  • Individuals enrolled in practice-oriented programs are not supported by the fellowship. Please see the website for specific information on the excluded fields and degrees.

The application: Application may be made on-line. A paper application may be obtained by submission of a written request. Applications are evaluated by panels of distinguished scholars. The panels will consider academic records, essays, letters of recommendation, the application itself, and other appropriate materials as the basis for determining the extent to which candidates meet the eligibility requirements and the selection criteria.

CUNY Ford Pre-doctoral Fellows:

  • 2014 Andrew Cory Greene and Brian Patrick Jones, CUNY Graduate Center
  • 2012 Carlos Andres Jaramillo, Amanda Mia Marin-Cholllum and Tiwirai Douglas Marira, all of the CUNY Graduate Center.
  • 2011 Dominique Diana Nisperos, CUNY Graduate Center
  • 2010 Andrea Balbas, Queens College
  • 2008 Ianna Owen and Michelle Cruz Santiago, Hunter College

More information can be found here.

Predoctoral application deadline: November 19, 2014 (5:00 PM EST)