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Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship

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The Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships seek 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. Sixty Predoctoral Fellowships will be awarded in a national competition conducted by the National Research Council on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The Predoctoral Fellowships are for $20,000 per year for up to three years. Only U.S. citizens are eligible.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships are awarded to college seniors, first-year graduate students, or others who have completed a limited amount of graduate work and plan to work toward the Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree. Awards will be made for research-based doctoral programs in the behavioral and social sciences, humanities, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, and biological sciences, or for interdisciplinary programs comprised of two or more eligible disciplines.

Predoctoral Fellowships are for three fellowship years. Fellowship recipients must begin graduate study no later than the September following application. The evaluation of predoctoral fellowship applications will be based on achievement and ability, as evidenced by academic records, the proposed plan of graduate study, four letters of recommendation, GRE General Test scores, and other indications of academic promise.

Applications are made online and are available in September. Students interested in applying are advised to contact the Boston College Campus Coordinator for the Ford Diversity Fellowship, for guidance on submitting a competitive application.

Applicants for Predoctoral Fellowships are required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. All applicants will be notified by the National Research Council by the first week in April about the action taken on their applications.

To get additional information about the Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships and the online application process before talking with the Campus Coordinator, consult the National Academy of Sciences web site.