Ford Foundation Fellowship recap of October info sessions

by Noreen Balos, Funding Peer
Monday, November 05, 2018 8:00 AM

Below is a recap of the “Demystifying the Ford Foundation Fellowship Application” info sessions on Monday Oct. 29th (SHEF) and Wednesday Oct. 31st (STEM). At each session, panelists provided information about the fellowship, as well as suggestions for the application from the viewpoint of student awardees or faculty reviewers. Included in this article are additional resources for support. 

Panelists (SHEF)

  • Adrienne Tsikewa (Predoctoral Fellow Linguistics)
  • Rosie Bermudez (Dissertation Fellow in Chicana/o Studies)
  • Professor Vilna Bashi Treitler (Black Studies, Past Ford Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • Prof. Miroslava Chavez-Garcia (Department of History, Past Ford Postdoctoral Fellow), moderator

Panelists (STEM) 

  • Ashlee Kalauli (Predoctoral Fellow in Mathematics)
  • Miguel Daal (Dissertation Fellow in Physics)
  • Simone Stewart (Honorable Mention in Engineering)
  • Prof. Miroslava Chavez-Garcia (Department of History, Past Ford Postdoctoral Fellow), moderator

The purpose of the Ford Fellowship is to diversify the academy. See mission below. Do not apply for the Ford Fellowship if you want to go into industry. This is about support, preparation, and networking in academia.

“Through its Fellowship Programs, 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.”


  • Ford Predoctoral Fellowship: A three-year program for graduating senior undergraduates as well first- and second-year students in a doctoral program. You are eligible to apply as long as you have three years remaining before your oral exams or before you become ABD (all-but-dissertation). You will be asked to submit a form verifying your status. Deadline: December 13, 2018, (5:00 p.m. EST) Download Predoctoral Program Announcement
  • Ford Dissertation Fellowship: A one-year fellowship for doctoral candidates in their last year of dissertation research and writing (with the emphasis on the writing). Deadline: December 6, 2018 (5:00 p.m. EST) Download Dissertation Program Announcement
  • Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship: A one-year fellowship for recent Ph.D.s. It is meant to help junior faculty (usually in their second, third, or fourth years) to publish their first book and secure tenure. Candidates sometimes propose a second book but the goal is to help applicants dedicated to diversity secure tenure. Deadline: December 6, 2018 (5:00 p.m. EST) Download Postdoctoral Announcement