Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships for Minorities

American Psychological Association

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships for Minorities is provided to individuals who have demonstrated superior academic achievement. The candidates must be committed to teaching and research. The program is given to approximately 60 awardees in different fields.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Age/Grade Level:
    Applicant must be pursuing a doctoral level of study.
  • Financial Need:
    Not Mentioned
  • Other Academic Requirements:
    Individuals who as of the fall semester require a minimum of three years of study to complete their Ph.D./Sc.D. degree, and individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.
  • Residence:
    The applicant must be permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States.
  • Citizenship:
    The applicant must be citizens, nationals of the United States, as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program.
  • College:
    Individuals enrolled in or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based (dissertation-required), program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. institution of higher education.
  • Ethnicity:
    Membership in one or more of the following groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding:Alaska Natives (Aleut, Eskimo, or other Indigenous People of Alaska)Black/African AmericansMexican Americans/Chicanas/ChicanosNative American IndiansNative Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian)Puerto Ricans
  • Other Benefits:
    The awardees will receive an annual stipend of $24,000, expenses will be paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows, and access to Ford Fellow Regional Liaisons, a network of former Ford Fellows who have volunteered to provide mentoring and support to current fellows.

Application Details

  • Transcript:
    Not required
  • Resume/Activity List:
  • Essay:
    Personal Statement (maximum two pages, 12-point font, double-spaced) describing the applicants background and experience and commitment to the goals of the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs by addressing all of the following that apply:- the applicants capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds- the applicants sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy and ability to bring this asset to learning, teaching, and scholarship at the college or university level- the applicants likelihood of using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship, and- the applicant's membership in one or more of the following groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding: Alaska Natives (Aleut, Eskimo, or other Indigenous People of Alaska), Black/African Americans, Mexican Americans/ Chicanas/ Chicanos, Native American Indians, Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian), Puerto Ricans. - Applicants should describe past and ongoing community service efforts such as: Tutoring and mentoring students in challenging environmentsParticipation in housing or public service projectsLeadership and organizational skills that benefit a larger communityCampus-based student activitiesLanguage teachingInvolvement in professional organizations that serve the community- Applicants should note anything in their background that speaks to their unique perspective:Membership of a group designated by the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs as currently underrepresented in the American professoriateMembership of another underserved groupFirst person or generation in family to achieve college degree or seek advanced degree- Applicants may also cite the following:Teaching methods and academic interests that are inclusive and sensitive to diversityAny successes that can be attributed to using new techniques to create an inclusive and respectful teaching and learning environmentPersonal goals, both long-standing and future-focused, that involve increasing understanding in the college or university setting and are in the broader contextEmployment that demonstrates a long-standing commitment to diversity and depth of understanding of a multicultural societyEfforts to improve access and opportunity for all, particularly in one's local community (neighborhood, place of worship, geographic region)
  • Other Materials:
    Statement of Previous Research and Scholarly Productivity (maximum three pages, 12-point font, double-spaced), including a list of publications and presentationsPrevious Research Applicants should outline any previous research undertaken. If formal research has not been carried out, applicants should describe any activities they believe have prepared them to begin research.Description of research as part of coursework or outside of class in an internship or summer research programExplanation of methods used and expected results of current research Publications and Presentations List of publications and presentations for the last five years. Items should be listed in the following order:Publications in reverse chronological orderPresentations in reverse chronological orderProposed Plan of Graduate Study and Research and the applicant's long-range career goals (maximum two pages, 12-point font, double-spaced)Applicants should prepare a document describing the proposed plan of graduate study. In general, the more academic experience the applicant has, the more sophisticated the proposal should be.Description of the chosen area of study and the research issue of interestExplanation of why the chosen institution is especially suited to the field of study and the type of study to be undertakenExplanation of the relevancy of courses to be taken and how they relate to the proposed plan of study and researchDescription of research methods and theoretical framework to be usedExplanation of how proposed research relates to a larger community and society as a whole and why study will be usefulExplanation of long-range career goals

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