The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on the behalf of Ford Foundation is glad to announce Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. The fellowship provides one year of support for individuals engaged in postdoctoral study after the attainment of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. The objective of the fellowship is to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties.  The program will award approximately 24 postdoctoral fellowships. The winners will get a one-year stipend of $45,000.

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Eligibility to apply for a dissertation fellowship is limited to:

  • All U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, as well as 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,
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors, or other designations),
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, and
  • Individuals awarded a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree no earlier than December 7, 2010 and no later than December 7, 2017 in an eligible research-based field from a U.S. educational institution.

How to Apply:

  • Firstly Applicants must register and establish a personal user ID and password through the given link:
  • All application materials become the property of the National Academies and must be written in English.
  • Supporting Documents:

  • Statement of previous research and scholarly productivity (maximum 3 pages, double-spaced) including a list of publications and presentations,
  • Essay describing proposed plan of graduate study and research and the applicant’s long-range career goals (maximum 2 pages, double-spaced, avoid technical jargon),
  • Personal statement (maximum 2 pages, double-spaced) that describes the applicant’s background and experience and commitment to the goals of the Ford Foundation Fellowships 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
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Verification of Predoctoral Status (VS) Form2 to affirm that an applicant already enrolled in a Ph.D. Or Sc.D. Program still requires a minimum of three-years to complete the Ph.D. As of the 2016 fall semester
  • GRE General Test Scores
  • Award Amount:

    One-year stipend: $45,000

  • The stipend may be supplemented by sabbatical leave pay or other sources of support that do not carry with them teaching or other responsibilities. Fellowship funds may be disbursed through the employing institution if necessary for the continuation of health insurance or other benefits. No dependency allowance is available.
  • Expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows
  • Access to Ford Fellow Regional Liaisons, a network of former Ford Fellows who have volunteered to provide mentoring and support to current fellows
  • Application Deadline:

    The complete application packet must be submitted on or before December 7, 2017.

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