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The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the number of minorities who are underrepresented as faculty members in U.S. colleges and universities. Fellowships are granted to those pursuing research or teaching careers. Students may study the behavioral or social sciences, humanities, biological sciences, mathematics, physical sciences and engineering. Students may study in an interdisciplinary area. Awards will not be made to those seeking professional degrees, the fine or performing arts, or education. Awards will not be made for terminal Master's degrees.
  • Seniors or current graduate students can apply
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens and from one of the following six ethnic groups: Alaskan Natives (Eskimo or Aleut), Native American Indians, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Pacific Islanders, Puerto Ricans.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated ability in their area of academic study
  • Graduating seniors and graduate students must submit scores from the GRE General Test.

Approximately 60 pre-doctoral and 29 dissertation fellowships are awarded yearly. Predoctoral awards, which are granted to college seniors or first and second year grad students, provide an annual stipend of $19,000 plus a cost of education allowance of $3,000. Awards are for three years and can be used at any accredited nonprofit U.S. institution granting Ph.D. or Sc.D. degrees in the fields specified above.

Visit the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship Website for more information.


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