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Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching

Internal Deadline: October 18, 2013

National Deadline: November 20, 2013

Purpose

The Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships Program (formerly Pre-doctoral Fellowships for Minorities Program) aims to increase the presence of underrepresented minorities on the nation's college and university faculties by offering pre-doctoral fellowships to members of the six minority groups most severely underrepresented in U.S. academia. The goal is to help outstanding students achieve their full potential as scholars and subsequently inspire others to follow academic careers in teaching and research.

Programs Funded

The program supports up to three years of advanced study leading to Ph.D. or Sc.D. degrees at any U.S. accredited institution in the following fields: behavioral and social sciences, humanities, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences and biological sciences, and for interdisciplinary programs comprised of two or more eligible disciplines. Awards are not made for work leading to terminal master's degrees, doctorates in education or fine arts, or professional degrees in fields such as education, medicine, law, social work, performing arts, or business. There is an annual stipend and an award to the institution in lieu of tuition and fees.

Eligibility

The program invites applications from seniors and currently enrolled graduate students who are either citizens of the U.S. or have DACA status and who are members of the following minority groups: Alaskan Native (Eskimo or Aleut), American Indian, African American, Mexican American/Chicano, Native Pacific Islander (Polynesian or Micronesian), and Puerto Rican.

Monetary Award/Benefits/Tenure

The Pre-doctoral Fellowship carries an annual stipend of $20,000 and, for each fellowship institution, a cost-of-education allowance of $2,000 in lieu of tuition and fees. Support is typically granted for three years, with second- and third-year renewals contingent on certification of satisfactory academic progress. 

Selection Criteria

Winners have demonstrated superior scholarship and great promise for future achievement as scholars, researchers, and teachers in institutions of higher education.

Application Process

The Ford Foundation Fellowship Program is administered by the National Research Council. Applications are due November 14, and additional materials on January 9, 2013. GRE General Test scores are required;  the test should be taken no later than December.

Advisor

Jose Cartagena-Calderon

Official Ford Foundation Website:

http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/fordfellowships/

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