Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships

Award Info:

• Annual stipend: $27,000 for three years
• An invitation to attend the Conference of Ford Fellows
• Access to Ford Fellow Regional Liaisons, a network of former Ford Fellows


This competition year the program will award approximately 70 predoctoral fellowships. These fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.

Predoctoral 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 in the U.S., 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.  

Predoctoral Fellows are required to enroll full-time in a program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in an eligible, research-based (dissertation-required) field of study. Institutional supplementation of the Ford Fellowship stipend is encouraged. However, Fellows may not accept full-time teaching or research appointments, other major fellowships, internships, or similar internal or external awards during fellowship tenure.