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Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

Offered by The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Sep 8, 2023
Multiple awards worth


Grade level

Graduate Students

Application deadline:

December 12, 2023

Scholarship Overview

Are you an academically outstanding student who wants to have a career in teaching and research at the university level? If so, you may be eligible for the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship! The Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship is open to academically outstanding students who plan to or are enrolled in a research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. program and plan to have a career in teaching and research at a university in the U.S.

The scholarship is offered by The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, a private, nonprofit institution that provides expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and world. They are dedicated to “sparking progress” and advancing science, engineering, and medicine for the benefit of society. Thus, the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship grants $9,000 awards to help future, university-level educators pay for the costs of their graduate studies. If you’re passionate about teaching and are looking for some help to pay off your graduate studies, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you must be an academically outstanding student who is or will be enrolled in a research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. program. Applicants must also plan to teach at the university level and meet the below eligibility requirements. Lastly, bear in mind that applicants may not already have recieved a doctoral degree in any field.

Grade Level

Graduate Students


US Citizens, Permanent Residents, DACA

Academic Interest

Education, Social Science

Application information

To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application in addition to the below application materials.


Academic transcript

Letter of Recommendation


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Scholarship FAQ

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine at f[email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

Yes, the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship is renewable.

Is this scholarship open to international or DACA students?

No, this scholarship is open to U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and DACA recipients.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).
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