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Scholarship Name:
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
Scholarship Description:
Fellowship offered through NASEM to minority college students.
Award Amount:
Number of Scholarships:
Seventy (70) awards
Application Required:
Official Transcript Required:
References and Letter of Recommendations Required:
At least three (3) letters of recommendation
Interview Required:
Original Essay Required:
Additional Requirements and Information:
1)  Must be a member of at least one of the following ethnic groups designated by the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs as currently underrepresented in the American professoriate:
  • 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
2) Demonstrated commitment to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in the U.S.; 3) Must be 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 NLT Fall 2021; 4) Must be enrolled/enrolling in a program, NLT 2021 Fall semester, which requires a min. of three (3) years of study to complete Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree; 5) Must not have previous earned a Doctoral degree; 6) Demonstrated participation in extracurricular and community service activities; 7)  Verification of Doctoral Degree Status (VS) Form required; 8) Personal statement required; 9) Transcript(s) required; 10) Unofficial transcript(s) accepted; 11) Fellowship awarded as follows:  Fellows receive an annual $27,000.00 stipend for three (3) academic years.
  • Predoctoral fellowships are intended for individuals who have enrolled or plan to enroll in an eligible Ph.D. or Sc.D. program NLT Fall 2021, including:
  1. Undergraduates in their senior year;
  2. Individuals who have completed undergraduate study;
  3. Individuals who have completed some graduate study; and
  4. Individuals already enrolled in a Ph.D. or Sc.D. program who provide evidence that they can fully utilize a three (3) year fellowship award.
  • All U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card); individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA); Indigenous individuals exercising rights associated with the Jay Treaty of 1794; individuals granted Temporary Protected Status; political asylees; and refugees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation are eligible.
  • Supplemental materials are due NLT January 7, 2021 (NLT 5 p.m. EST).
  • Fellowship recipients must begin the first year of Ford Fellowship tenure on September 1, 2021. After the first year of fellowship tenure, Fellows may choose to defer funding for one or two years but must use all three (3) years of support within the five (5) year period of eligibility.
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Eligibility Requirements (Check all that apply):
Online application, Must be enrolled as a full-time student
Additional Applicant Requirements:
May be an undergraduate senior, college graduate or graduate student
Category (Select all that apply):
Race, Ethnicity, Merit-based, Major/Field of Study
Web Site:
Point of Contact:
The Fellowships Office
Attn: Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Telephone:  (202) 334-2872

Deadline:  December 17, 2020 (NLT 5 p.m. EST) (receipt date)

Note: Scholarship information is ALWAYS subject to change. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the relevant office to confirm qualification(s), requirements, deadline, and transmission mode(s) and address(es).