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Fellowships to USA Postdoctoral Individuals for Research at Nonprofit IHEs or Research Institutions

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

GrantWatch ID# 199672
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Important Dates
Deadline: 12/08/22 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA postdoctoral individuals for participation in research at qualified nonprofit institutions of higher education or research. The fellowships are intended for postdocs who will engage in full-time study or research that will further their teaching careers in higher education. Through its program of fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximizing the educational benefits of diversity, and increasing the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. 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 programs. Examples include American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, cultural studies, earth sciences, economics, education, 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:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
These fellowships provide one year of support for individuals engaged in postdoctoral study after the attainment of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.

Eligibility to apply for a postdoctoral 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.; and
- Individuals who have completed all the requirements for a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree, including successful defense of the dissertation, no earlier than December 8, 2015 and no later than December 8, 2022 in an eligible research-based field from a U.S. institution of higher education.

* 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.

An applicant proposing to affiliate with a foreign institution may be asked to designate a U.S. institution to act as a liaison between the National Academies and the foreign institution, particularly for handling the disbursement of fellowship funds.

Fellowships are awarded for full-time research at appropriate nonprofit institutions of higher education or research, normally in the United States, including universities, museums, libraries, government or national laboratories, privately sponsored nonprofit institutes, government-chartered nonprofit research organizations, and centers for advanced study. Each applicant should designate a faculty member or other scholar who will serve as the host mentor at the proposed fellowship institution.

Individuals enrolled in the following programs will not be supported unless the applicant can document that the program of study is research-based, 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 in areas such as medicine or law.

Pre-Application Information
Important Dates:
- Application Open Date: September 6, 2022
- Application Deadline: December 8, 2022, at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)
- Supplementary Materials Deadline: January 5, 2023, at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Note: Postdoctoral applicants are strongly encouraged to choose a host institution other than their current institution. For applicants who propose to remain at their current institution for the postdoctoral fellowship, the rationale for and benefits to the applicant should be clearly described.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs Homepage:

Postdoctoral Fellowship Fact Sheet:

Postdoctoral Application Instructions:

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Number of Grants
This year, the program will award approximately 24 postdoctoral fellowships.

Estimated Size of Grant
Stipend and Benefits:
- A one-year stipend of $50,000
- 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
Each Fellow is expected to begin tenure on June 1 (for 12 months) or September 1 (for 9 or 12 months) of the year in which the award is received. Postdoctoral fellowships may not be deferred or delayed.

Contact Information
Online Application:

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

The Fellowships Office
Attn: Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

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