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Ford Foundation: Dissertation Fellowships for Minorities


Annual award to increase the presence of under-represented minorities on the nation's college and university faculties, to enhance diversity on campus, and to address the persistent effects of past discrimination. With this award, the Ford Foundation supports doctoral scholars in completing their dissertations.

Field of Study

Behavioral sciences; literature & languages; history, philosophy, & religion; social sciences; education; life sciences; chemistry; earth sciences; physics & astronomy; engineering, mathematics, and computer sciences.


Ph.D. and Sc.D. students who are U.S. citizens from one of the following minority groups: Native American Indian, Alaskan Native (Eskimo or Aleut), Black/African American, Mexican American/Chicano, Native Pacific Islander (Polynesian or Micronesian), and Puerto Rican. Must have completed all degree requirements except the writing and defense of the dissertation, including coursework, examinations, language requirements, etc.


One-year stipend: $28,000; Expenses paid to attend one Conference of Ford Fellows; Access to Ford Fellow Liaisons, a network of former Ford Fellows who have volunteered to provide mentoring and support to current fellows.


2022 Competition Dates:

The 2022 online application module is OPEN and accepting applications.

2022 Dissertation and Postdoctoral application deadlines:

December 09, 2021
5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)

2022 Predoctoral application deadline:

December 16, 2021
5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) 

Supplementary Materials deadline for submitted applications: 

January 6, 2022
5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) 

Notification of 2022 awards:
Mid- to late March 2022


DEADLINE VARIES. CHECK WEB SITE:​ Complete information and application materials available on line. 
Or contact: 
The Fellowships Office
Attn: Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: 202-334-2872

Deadline: Thursday, December 9, 2021

Funding Type: Fellowship

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