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Fellowships to USA Doctoral Candidates to Complete Their Dissertations in Eligible Fields of Study

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship


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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Important Dates
Deadline: 12/12/23 5:00 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA doctoral candidates to complete their dissertations in eligible fields of study. The fellowships are intended for individuals who demonstrate a commitment to a career in research and teaching at the college or university level. Dissertation fellows must be enrolled in a full-time Ph.D. or Sc.D. program in an eligible field of study. It is expected that fellows will be spending the majority of their time writing and defending the dissertation during the fellowship year.

Dissertation Fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a research-based, dissertation-required Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree that will prepare them for the pursuit of a career in academic teaching or research. The fellowship is intended to support the final year of writing and defense of the dissertation.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
All applicants must:
- Confirm holding a previous Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship;
- Regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation, confirm being one of the following:
-- U.S. citizen or U.S. national
-- U.S. permanent resident (holder of a Permanent Resident Card)
-- Individual granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program,1 Indigenous individual exercising rights associated with the Jay Treaty of 1794, individual granted Temporary Protected Status, asylee, or refugee
- Demonstrate an intent to pursue a career that includes teaching and research at a U.S. institution of higher education;
- Be enrolled in a research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. program at a not for profit U.S. institution of higher education.
- Expect to complete the Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in a period of 9-12 months during the 2024-2025 academic year;2
- Have completed all departmental and institutional requirements for their degree, except for writing and defense of the dissertation by December 12, 2023;
- Provide evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors, or other designations); and
- Not have already earned a prior doctoral degree at any time, in any field.

Eligibility includes individuals with current status under the DACA Program, as well as individuals whose status may have lapsed but who continue to meet all the USCIS guidelines for DACA.

Practice-oriented degree programs are not eligible for support.

Dissertation fellowship 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. This program does not support the Ph.D. portion of a joint/concurrent/articulated program.

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates:
- Application deadline: December 12, 2023 at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)
- Supplementary materials deadline: January 9, 2024 at 5:00 PM EST
- Notification of 2024 awards: March 2024

Estimated Size of Grant
Stipend and Benefits:
- A one-year stipend of $28,000
- An invitation to attend the 2024 Conference of Ford Fellows
- Access to Ford Fellow Regional Liaisons – a network of former Ford Fellows who have volunteered to provide mentoring and support to current Fellows
- Access to other networking and mentoring resources

Term of Contract
Expected fellowship tenure start date: June 1, 2024 (for 12 months) or September 1, 2024 (for 9 or 12 months)

Contact Information
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For additional information or questions, contact or call 202-334-2872.

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