Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral
The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
- Must be nominated by the college
- All citizens or nationals of the United States 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
- Individuals enrolled in or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a U.S. educational institution
- Individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field
- Annual stipend: $20,000 up to three years
- Award to the institution in lieu of tuition and fees: $2,000
- Expenses paid to attend at least 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
- Campus deadline: Please submit all required application materials to the campus representative by 5pm on September 15, 2012.
- Application deadline: 11:59pm ET on November 1, 2012
- Personal information, contact information, educational background (names of all post-secondary institutions attended, years attended, degrees received), list of any honors, awards, fellowships, employment, and publications
- Statement of previous research (two-page limit, double-spaced)
- Essay describing proposed plan of graduate study and research and the applicant’s long-range career goals (two-page limit, double-spaced, avoid technical jargon)
- Personal statement (not to exceed two pages, double-spaced) that describes the applicant’s background and experience and commitment to the goals of the Ford Foundation Fellowship 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
- the applicant’s sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy and ability to bring this asset to learning, teaching and scholarship at the college or university level
- the applicant’s likelihood of using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship,and
- Membership in one or more of the following groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding: Alaska Natives, Black/African Americans, Mexican American/Chicanas/Chicanos, Native American Indians, Native Pacific Islanders, Puerto Ricans
- Names and contact information of four professors who will upload a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
Dr. Hisaya Kitaoka
- The following will be considered as positive factors in choosing successful candidates:
- Evidence of superior academic achievement
- Degree of 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 underrepresented 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 underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding: Alaska Natives, Black/African-Americans, Mexican Americans/Chicanas/Chicanos, Native American Indians, native Pacific Islanders, and Puerto Ricans Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs that include the following major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, earth sciences, economics, engineering, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, urban planning, and women’s studies.
- Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, such as African American studies and Native American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs, such as area studies, peace studies, and social justice.
- Individuals enrolled in the following practice-oriented programs will not be supported: business, management, administration, occupational health, nursing, consumer science, library and information science, speech pathology, audiology, personnel, guidance, social work, social welfare, public health, physical education, physical therapy, kinesiology, rehabilitation science, education, leadership, fine arts, filmmaking, and performing arts.
- In addition, awards will not be made for work leading to terminal master’s degrees, the Ed.D. degree, the degrees of Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.) or Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), or professional degrees in such areas as medicine, law, and public health, or for study in joint degree programs such as the M.D./Ph.D., J.D./Ph.D., and M.F.A./Ph.D.