Postdoctoral Scholars

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships

This national competition—administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation—awards Fellowships to approximately 24 postdocs who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, and show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers. In addition to the Fellowship award, new Ford Fellows are invited to attend the Conference of Ford Fellows and have access to Ford Fellow Regional Liaisons, a network of former Ford Fellows who have volunteered to provide mentoring and support to current Fellows.

Stipend: One-year stipend: $50,000

Where: Nonprofit institutions of higher education or research in the United States

Length: One year

Eligibility:  All applicants must:

  • Confirm holding a previous Ford Foundation Fellowship;
  • 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, 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; 
  • Have completed all departmental and institutional requirements for their degree, including successful defense of the dissertation and
  • Provide evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors, or other designations).

Note: 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. 

Applications due:  December (annually) and supplemental materials in January (annually), Notification of award in March.