Ford Foundation Fellowships study to raise the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by maximizing their ethnic and cultural diversity, increasing the educational benefits of diversity, and maximizing the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enhancing the education of all students. Those who use pedagogy that contain minorities or who are members of an underrepresented group in the American professorate are preferred.
Eligibility Criteria/ Scholarship Guidelines
Applicants for the Ford Fellowship must:
Be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or awarded deferred action status.
Graduating seniors who will enroll in Fall 2019 or first- or second-year graduate students who are currently enrolled in a research-based (dissertation required) Ph.D. or Sc.D. program in an applicable discipline at a not for profit U.S. institution of higher education. At the start of the fellowship (Fall 2019), the program must require a minimum of three years of study to complete the degree.
Determine evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors, or other designations).
Be devoted to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.
Have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.
The following will be taken into consideration as positive factors in selecting successful candidates:
Evidence of senior academic achievement.
The promise of continuing achievement as scholars and teachers.
Capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds.
Sustained personal engagement with communities that are discriminated in the academy and an ability to bring this asset to learning, teaching, and scholarship at the college and university level.
Likelihood of using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship.
Membership in one or more of the following groups whose discriminated in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding:
Alaska Natives (Aleut, Eskimo, or other Indigenous People of Alaska).
Native American Indians.
Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian).