National deadline: December 14, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. PST for online application

Eligibility requirements:

  • Citizens, nationals, and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, and individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation
  • Superior academic achievement - gpa, class rank, honors, etc.
  • Committed to a career in teaching and researching at the college/university level
  • Planning to/or enrolled in an eligible research-based program leading to a Ph.D or Sc.D degree at U.S. educational institution
  • Individuals who require a minimum of three years study to complete their Ph.D./Sc.D. degree as of the 2016 fall semester
  • Study in an eligible major (see application particulars)
  • Individuals who have not yet earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field

Award summary and conditions: The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college 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.

Fellows must begin in September of the year of award and remain full-time for the academic year. After first year, funding may be deferred for up to two years but all three years of support must be used in five years.

Application process: online

Application requirements to be completed online:

  • Personal information, contact information, educational background, degrees received, etc.
  • Statement of previous research (two page limit, double-spaced)
  • Essay (1) describing education plans and long range career goals (two page limit, double-spaced)
  • Personal statement (not to exceed two pages, double-spaced) that describes the applicant’s background and experience and commitment to the goals of the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program by addressing all of the following that apply:
    • The applicant’s capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds
    • The applicant’s sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy and ability to bring this asset to learning, teaching and scholarship at the college or university level
    • The applicant’s likelihood of using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship, and
    • Membership in one or more of the following groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding:
      • Alaska Natives (Aleut, Eskimo or other Indigenous People of Alaska)
      • Black/African Americans
      • Mexican American/Chicanas/Chicanos
      • Native American Indians
      • Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian)
      • Puerto Ricans
  • Names and contact information of four professors who will upload a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

Supplemental application materials to be received:

  • Official transcript from institution that awarded baccalaureate degree; must include grades and baccalaureate completion date or undergraduate work completed prior to fall 2014 (for those who have not yet completed a baccalaureate degree)
  • Official transcript(s) showing completion of any Master's degree (if applicable) and official Ph.D./Sc.D. transcript showing all graduate work completed as of fall 2014. Applicants who entered graduate school in fall 2014 should upload a graduate transcript that indicates grades received in fall 2014. If this is not possible, a letter from the graduate institution attesting to progress should be uploaded in its place
  • Letters of recommendation (4) - All letters must be submitted using the online system. Applications with less than the minimum of three letters submitted in support of the fellowship application will not be included in the review
  • Verification of Predoctoral Status Form and one-page (maximum) essay. Applicants already enrolled in a Ph.D or Sc.D program at the time of fellowship application must certify via submission of the signed form and essay that as of the fall 2015 term they have at least three years of full-time study remaining before they would be eligible to receive their Ph.D. degree and at least one of the three years must be comprised of full-time course work. The official NRC Verification of Doctoral Degree Status form must be signed by the advisor and the one-page essay attached to the form with submission.
  • GRE General Test Scores. (While the National Academies Fellowships Office encourages submission of GRE General Test scores for applicants who are not yet admitted into the Ph.D/Sc.D programs for which Ford Foundation support is sought, submitting GRE scores is optional for these applicants. GRE scores should not be submitted, and will not be accepted, from applicants already enrolled in Ph.D/Sc.D programs. See on-line application instructions for details.)

Faculty Representative: Keith Raether

Selection process: Applications are evaluated by panels of distinguished scholars. Academic records, essays, letters of recommendation, the application and other appropriate materials are all considered as well as the appropriateness of the chosen institution for the plan of graduate study and the likelihood of using all three years of support.

Contact information:

Fellowship Office, Keck 576
National Research Council
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001