Funding agency: 
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

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, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships are awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. 

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); individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program;1 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); and
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in the U.S.

    1Eligibility 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.

2023 Competition Dates

Online Application Portal Status: OPEN

2023 Dissertation and Postdoctoral application deadlines
December 8, 2022
5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)

2023 Predoctoral application deadline
December 15, 2022
5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) 

Supplementary Materials deadline for submitted applications
January 5, 2023
5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Thursday, December 8, 2022
Funding type: 
Broadening Participation
Graduate Students