Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

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The Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships came into being with the following objectives in mind:

  • Bringing about a marked increase in the number of teachers belonging to different races as well as ethnicity.
  • To take the educational benefits of such diversity to the maximum level.
  • To increase the number of professors who would be willing to make use of this diversity as a fuel for improving the level of education of students.

To fulfil the respective objectives and aims, the fellowship gives away awards at the pre-doctoral, dissertation and post-doctoral levels to students who are above average, show a commitment for diversity and has a burning ambition to be a part of the faculty.

Awards of Fellowship

The Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships offer the awards and the number of which are subject to change are quoted below-

  • 0 pre-doctoral awards each of $20, 000 annually for a maximum period of 2 years

  • 35 dissertation awards each of $21, 000 for a maximum period of 1 year

  • 20 post-doctoral awards each of $40, 000 for a maximum period of 1 year.


  • Candidates must be US citizens and race, country of birth, religion, gender, age, physical disability etc are no impediments.

  • Candidates must have an outstanding academic record.

  • Candidates must have enthusiasm and the motivation to embark upon a career in teaching at the college or university level.

  • Candidates must either be enrolled or have the desire to be enrolled in a research-related program which would culminate in a PHD or D. SC.

  • Candidates must not have a doctoral degree.


Fellowships Office, GR 346A

  • National Research Council, 500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
  • Phone: 202 − 334 − 2872
  • Email: National-academies. Org/fellowships
  • Link: National Academies