SPONSORING AGENCY: Ford Foundation (Ford Foundation; National Academies).

PURPOSE: Through its program of Diversity Fellowships, 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.

FIELDS: Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs that include the following major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields: 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.

ELIGIBILITY: Eligibility to apply for a predoctoral fellowship is limited to:

  1. All citizens or nationals of the United States regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation (must have become a U.S. citizen by November 14, 2011),
  2. Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations),
  3. Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level,
  4. Individuals enrolled in or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a U.S. educational institution, and
  5. Individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.

STIPEND: Predoctoral: $20,000 per year, plus $2,000 award to institution in lieu of tuition and fees