Ford Foundation Fellowship Essays Samples

 HELPFUL RESOURCES: PREPARING A COMPETITIVE FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION

The Fellowships Office of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is often made aware of other sources that provide assistance with the preparation of competitive applications for national fellowship competitions such as the Ford Foundation Fellowships. Fellowship applicants have informed us that they have found the following publications to be particularly helpful (reprinted with permission; all in .pdf format):

by Ernesto Chávez, Miroslava Chávez-García and Luis Alvarez; as published in the August 2009 newsletter of the Organization of American Historians

by Cynthia Verba; a publication of The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

by Michael Kiparsky; Chronicle Careers, The Chronicle of Higher Education

University Honors College, Office of National Scholarships and International Education, New Mexico State University

 

http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/Fordfellowships/

National deadline: December 14, 2017, 2:00 p.m. PST 

Eligibility requirements:

  • Citizens, nationals, and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, and individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation
  • Superior academic achievement - gpa, class rank, honors, etc.
  • Committed to a career in teaching and researching at the college/university level
  • Planning to/or enrolled in an eligible research-based program leading to a Ph.D or Sc.D degree at U.S. educational institution
  • Individuals who require a minimum of three years study to complete their Ph.D./Sc.D. degree as of the 2018 fall semester
  • Study in an eligible major (see application particulars)
  • Individuals who have not yet earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field

Award summary and conditions: The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Fellows must begin in September of the year of award and remain full-time for the academic year. After first year, funding may be deferred for up to two years but all three years of support must be used in five years.

Application process: online

Application requirements to be completed online:

  • Personal information
  • Transcript(s)
  • Statement of previous research (two page limit, double-spaced)
  • Essay (1) describing education plans and long range career goals (two page limit, double-spaced)
  • Personal statement (not to exceed two pages, double-spaced) that describes the applicant’s background and experience and commitment to the goals of the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program. 
  • Letter of recommendation (3-5)

Faculty Representative: Keith Raether

Selection process: Applications are evaluated by panels of distinguished scholars. Academic records, essays, letters of recommendation, the application and other appropriate materials are all considered as well as the appropriateness of the chosen institution for the plan of graduate study and the likelihood of using all three years of support.

Contact information: infofell@nas.edu

Fellowship Office, Keck 576
National Research Council
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
202.334.2872

Email:  FordApplications@nas.edu

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