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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: $21,000; 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.


2020 Dissertation Fellowship for Minorities: December 10, 2019: Supplementary Materials deadline for submitted applications: January 7, 2020: Notification of 2020 Awards: April 2020


DEADLINE VARIES. CHECK WEB SITE: Complete information and application materials available on line. 
Or contact: 
The Fellowship Office, FF, TJ 2041, 
National Research Council, 
2101 Constitution Avenue, 
Washington, D.C. 20418
Tel: 202-334-2872

Deadline: Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Funding Type: Fellowship

Related Degrees: Ph.D.

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