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Fellowships to USA Predoctoral Students to Support Research During Graduate Studies

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

GrantWatch ID# 199671
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Important Dates
Deadline: 12/15/22 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA predoctoral students to support research during graduate studies. The fellowships are intended for predoctoral students who demonstrate a commitment to a career in research and teaching at the college or university level. Selected fellows must be studying in an eligible field of study and be enrolled in a full-time Ph.D. or Sc.D. program.

The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs. Examples include 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).

In addition to the fellowship award, new Ford Fellows are invited to attend the Conference of Ford Fellows, a unique national conference of a select group of high-achieving scholars committed to diversifying the professoriate and using diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. For more details on the Conference of Ford Fellows, see:


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Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Eligibility to apply for a predoctoral fellowship is limited to:
- All U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card); individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program;* Indigenous individuals exercising rights associated with the Jay Treaty of 1794; individuals granted Temporary Protected Status; 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);
- Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in the U.S.;
- 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 no later than Fall 2023;
- Individuals who as of the 2023 fall semester require a minimum of three years of study** to complete their Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree; and
- Individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.

* Eligibility includes individuals with current status under the DACA Program, as well as individuals whose status may have lapsed but who continue to meet all the USCIS guidelines for DACA.

** Individuals must be enrolled full-time and may not accept full-time teaching or research assistantships, other major fellowships, internships, or similar internal or external awards during fellowship tenure and may not be concurrently enrolled in other degree-granting programs.

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 an eligible field of study.

Predoctoral fellowships are intended for students who have enrolled or plan to enroll in an eligible Ph.D. or Sc.D. program no later than fall 2023, including:
- Undergraduates in their senior year,
- Individuals who have completed undergraduate study,
- Individuals who have completed some graduate study, and
- Individuals already enrolled in a Ph.D. or Sc.D. program who provide evidence that they can fully utilize a three-year fellowship award.

For applicants who have already begun a doctoral program, a Verification of Doctoral Degree Status form, signed by the graduate Adviser or Department Chair, is required.

Individuals enrolled in the following programs will not be supported unless the applicant can document that the program of study is research-based, requiring a dissertation, and the applicant plans to follow a career in teaching and research in academia: 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 joint degree programs such as the M.D./Ph.D., J.D./Ph.D., and M.F.A./Ph.D. This program does not support the Ph.D. portion of a joint/concurrent/articulated degree program.

Pre-Application Information
Important Dates:
- Application Open Date: September 6, 2022
- Application Deadline: December 15, 2022, at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)
- Supplementary Materials Deadline: January 5, 2023, at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Applications must include the names and contact information of a minimum of three (maximum of five) individuals who will upload a letter of recommendation on the applicant's behalf.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs Homepage:

Predoctoral Fellowship Fact Sheet:

Predoctoral Application Instructions:

Navigating the Online Application:


Number of Grants
This year, the program will award approximately 75 predoctoral fellowships.

Estimated Size of Grant
Stipend and Benefits:
- An annual stipend of $27,000 for three years
- An invitation to attend 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

Term of Contract
By accepting the award, fellowship recipients affirm that they plan to use a total of three years of support from the Ford predoctoral fellowship. Fellowship recipients must begin the first year of Ford Fellowship tenure on September 1, 2023. After the first year of fellowship tenure, Fellows may choose to defer funding for one or two years but must use all three years of support within the five-year period of eligibility. During Ford Fellowship tenure years, Fellows must remain on tenure full-time for the academic year.

Contact Information
Online Application:

For additional information or questions, contact or call 202-334-2872.

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