Active Fellowship Opportunities

In addition to the continuous funding options on the Graduate Financial Support page, the Graduate Student Affairs Office often receives announcements for other University or outside fellowship opportunities. Please refer back to this website often, as new fellowships will be listed regularly.

Other Resources

The Graduate Resource Center (3100 Gateway Study Center) holds funding workshop series that include information on how to apply for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) and to other training grants. The GRC also offers writing consultants to assist with proofreading of papers and grants throughout the year.

The Office of Research Development offers a grant review/editing service to faculty, graduate students, and their support staff who would like "another pair of eyes." Generally, turn around is less than two or three days. Contact is Randy Black, Research Development Manager, at rbblack@uci.edu.

Current Listings (scroll down for details)

Within UCI
Public Impact Fellowships - October 21, 2014 (deadline to submit to departments)

Chancellor's Club Fund for Excellence Fellowship - October 29, 2014 (deadline to submit to departments)

UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program - November 1, 2014

National Fellowship Incentive Program - December 12, 2014

Outside of UCI

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) - October 29, 2014

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship - October 31, 2014

Lawrence Fellowship Program - November 1, 2014

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship - November 14, 2014

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship - November 14, 2014

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship - November 19, 2014


2014-15 Public Impact Fellowships

Department Deadline: Tuesday, October 21st at 4:30pm


The Public Impact Fellowships highlight and support doctoral students whose current research has the potential for substantial impact in the public sphere. Ideal candidates will be involved in research designed to significantly improve or enrich the lives of Californians and/or national and global communities.

Award Amount:

  • Graduate Division Public Impact Fellowships: $10,000 (full award) or $1,000 (honorable mention award) to be used as a stipend.
    There are a total of 13 Graduate Division Public Impact Fellowships campuswide. Each of the three full awardees will receive $10,000. Ten honorable mention awardees each will receive $1,000. Students may choose to accept the award during winter or spring 2015, or over both quarters, at their discretion.
  • UCI/Stanley Behrens Public Impact Fellowship: $20,000 (full award) to be used as a stipend.
    There are a total of 2 UCI/Stanley Behrens Public Impact Fellowships campuswide. The donor-funded $10,000 awards will be matched by Graduate Division for a total award amount of $20,000 each. Stipends will be awarded during winter and spring 2015.

Eligibility:

For UC Irvine Public Impact Fellowships, nominees must, at minimum, meet the following criteria:
1. Maintain UCI GPA of 3.7 or higher through spring quarter 2015.
2. Be a current, full-time doctoral student who has advanced to candidacy.
3. Conduct research that has critical public impact. (Examples of relevant research include studies that aim to improve economic opportunity and well-being, health care, social justice, political participation, cultural engagement, and scientific or technical solutions to pressing social issues.)
4. Be willing to have research spotlighted/featured on both the Graduate Division and UCI websites, brochures and social networks, and be able and available to effectively communicate and discuss their research in lay terms with prospective donors, legislators and/or their staff, and the media during Winter and Spring quarters.
5. If selected as a finalist, student must be available to give a brief presentation to the selection committee, with no visual aids, immediately followed by a brief interview, on Monday, November 24, 2014.

For the UCI/Stanley Behrens Public Impact Fellowship, additional criteria apply as follows:
1. Be a U.S. Citizen.
2. Have financial need.
3. Students must be conducting cutting-edge research in area that include: innovative medical therapies, social justice, global politics and religions, sustainability.
4. In addition to being available to a presentation and interview, finalists may also be required to attend a brief interview with the donor(s).
5. Must be willing to be interviewed and/or meet with the donor(s) and provide the donor(s) with periodic updates.

Additional Information:

  • Students who receive the full $10,000 awards are not to be appointed as TAs during the period of the fellowship but may be appointed as GSRs. Students who receive $1,000 honorable mention awards may be appointed as TAs.
  • For students already receiving financial aid, acceptance of a Public Impact Fellowship may affect his or her overall financial need-based support package. In such cases, students are encouraged to consult with the UCI Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
  • Previous winners (full awardees and honorable mentions) and current ARCS scholars are not eligible for this year’s competition.

Student Procedure:

  • Students must electronically fill out the Public Impact Fellowship Student Information Form, including the Student Profile and Student Research sections
    • Email the electronically filled out version (with no signatures) to the Graduate Student Affairs Office at gradengr@uci.edu and save it in Microsoft Word as "IMPACT APP - SID#.doc" (e.g., IMPACT APP - 12345678.doc) no later than 4:30pm Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    • Print out the completed Public Impact Fellowship Student Information form, sign it, and submit it to your department/program along with the following materials no later than 4:30pm Tuesday, October 21, 2014
      • A current, printed curriculum vitae (CV)
      • A letter of recommendation from your faculty research advisor

Departments must submit the following to the Graduate Student Affairs Office no later than 4:30pm Wednesday, October 22, 2014:

  • Departments must electronically fill out the Public Impact Fellowship Nomination Form
    • Email the electronically filled out version (with no signatures) to Graduate Student Affairs Office at gradengr@uci.edu and save it in Microsoft Word as "IMPACT NOM - SID#.doc" (e.g., IMPACT NOM - 12345678.doc)
    • Print the nomination forms and gather original signatures for each form
    • Submit full packet as PDF via email to Graduate Student Affairs Office

PLEASE NOTE: Late or incomplete nominations packets will not be reviewed.


The Graduate Student Affairs Office will provide the necessary Associate Dean letter of recommendation and will submit the School nominations to Graduate Division by the deadline of Noon (12pm) Friday, October 24, 2014.


Chancellor’s Club Fund for Excellence Fellowship

Department Deadline: Tuesday, October 29th at 4:30pm

As one of the oldest and largest support groups at the University of California, Irvine, the Chancellor's Club was founded in 1972 and celebrates over 35 years of service to UC Irvine. Members include community leaders, alumni and parents of students. Funds raised through the Chancellor's Club are used to fund the prestigious Chancellor's Fund for Excellence Fellowships. These fellowships are awarded to the brightest and the best graduate students at UCI who also show great promise as future leaders.


Award Information:
It is expected that each recipient of the fellowship will be awarded a six-month stipend to total $10,000 for the period of January 2015 through June 2015. Receipt of the full amount of the award is contingent upon the student’s continued satisfactory academic progress and success during this period.

Eligibility:
Nominees must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Plan to complete their Ph.D. degree by the end of fall quarter 2015
  • Have a minimum graduate-level UCI GPA of 3.7
  • Be advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree
  • Show financial need (provide a statement)
  • Be willing to present their dissertation research at a Chancellor’s Club dinner or other function
  • Exhibit excellent interpersonal and leadership abilities

Stipulations:

  • Students receiving this award are required to file their dissertation by the end of fall quarter 2015. This must be stipulated to in the letter of nomination. Award funds will be returned by the school to Graduate Division in the event that the student does not meet this requirement.

What the Student needs to submit to the Departmental Graduate Coordinator by Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 4:30pm:

  1. Completed top portion of UCI Chancellor’s Club Fellowship Nomination Form and obtain Faculty Advisor's signature
  2. Completed Student Information Form, which requires a brief (100-word) student biography and a statement of student need
  3. Current curriculum vitae
  4. A statement by the nominee of no more than 1 page in length describing their research project, written for a committee of non-specialists in the field. The statement should include progress to date and plan for completion
  5. A confidential letter of recommendation from the faculty advisor

Department Coordinator will confirm the packet materials and submit 2 nominations to Nadia Ortiz, Graduate Student Affairs, by Monday, November 3, 2014 at 4:30pm:

  • Complete the Fellowship Financing portion of the Nomination Form
  • Review the applications received within your department (along with the Graduate Advisor, Department Chair, etc.) and choose 2 to forward to the School Fellowship Committee. Please be sure to submit a letter ranking the two nominations in order.

Graduate Student Affairs will then do the following and submit to the Graduate Division by Friday, November 7, 2014:

  • Provide the nominations to the School Fellowship Committee for review to select the School's nominee (each School is allowed two nominees to the Graduate Division)
  • Add the required Associate Dean letter of recommendation to that nominee's materials
  • Submit all required documents in the required formats to the Graduate Division

University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2015-16
 

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1, 2014
 

THE PROGRAM: The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California. The program also offers opportunities for research careers at the UC-affiliated National Laboratories—Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore, and Los Alamos National Laboratories. The contributions to diversity may include public service towards increasing equitable access in fields where women and minorities are under-represented. In some fields, the contributions may include research focusing on underserved populations or understanding inequalities related to race, gender, disability or LGBT. The program is seeking applicants with the potential to bring to their academic and research careers the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

AWARDS AND APPOINTMENTS: Fellowships are awarded for research conducted at any one of the University of California’s ten campuses. The award includes a salary starting at $42,000 depending on field and experience, benefits including health insurance and paid vacation/sick leave, and up to $5,000 for research-related and program travel expenses. Each award is for a minimum of 12-months and may be renewable for an additional term upon demonstration of academic/research productivity.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must hold or receive a Ph.D. from an accredited university before the start of their fellowship.

APPLICATION: Apply online at: ppfp.ucop.edu


National Fellowship Incentive Program

This $250 award is open to all Engineering graduate students with a GPA of 3.60 or higher who submit a national fellowship application between June 30, 2014 and June 1, 2015. Students must apply for the incentive funds during the same quarter that they apply for the fellowship. For a partial list of external fellowships, please visit: http://www.eng.uci.edu/grad/support/external. Applications for the National Fellowship Incentive Program are accepted on a quarterly basis until funds are exhausted. Prior awardees may re-apply to receive a smaller award of $150. The Fall 2014 deadline is December 12, 2014.


To apply, please submit the following materials:

    1) A completed National Fellowship Incentive Program Application Form

    1) A copy of the fellowship application materials (i.e., proposals, statements, etc.)

    2) Confirmation of submission (i.e., an email from the fellowship organization confirming receipt of your application)

Please note that students MUST consult with the GRC Writing Consultant prior to submitting their fellowship applications in order to qualify for this program. For more information, please visit http://www.grad.uci.edu/services/grc/ or call 949-824-3849.

Send completed applications as a single .pdf to Nadia Ortiz at nortiz@uci.edu or at 5400 Engineering Hall.


National Science Foundation
Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF GRFP)

DEADLINE: October 29, 2014 (Engineering)

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides Fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study that is in a field within NSF's mission and leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree.

The program goals are 1) To select, recognize, and financially support individuals early in their careers with the demonstrated potential to be high achieving scientists and engineers, and 2) To broaden participation in science and engineering of underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans. GRFP is a critical program in NSF's overall strategy in developing the globally-engaged workforce necessary to ensure the Nation's leadership in advancing science and engineering research and innovation. The ranks of NSF Fellows include numerous individuals who have made transformative breakthroughs in science and engineering research, become leaders in their chosen careers, and been honored as Nobel laureates.

Applicants are urged to visit the NSF web page at http://www.nsf.gov/ for more information and guidance about current and emerging themes for NSF.  For more detailed information about the 2015 Program Solicitation, please visit http://www.nsfgrfp.org/assets/File/nsf13584.pdf.

AWARD INFORMATION

The NSF expects to award 2,000 Graduate Research Fellowships pending availability of funds. The Graduate Research Fellowship stipend is currently $32,000 for a 12-month tenure period, prorated in whole month increments of $2,666. All Fellowships will be for a maximum of three years of financial support (in 12-month allocations, starting in summer or fall) usable over a five-year period. The anticipated announcement date for the Fellowships is early April 2015.

Honorable Mention: The NSF accords Honorable Mention to meritorious applicants who do not receive Fellowship awards. This is considered a significant national academic achievement.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION

  • Applicants must be United States citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States by the application deadline. The term "national" designates a native resident of a commonwealth or territory of the United States, such as American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, or the Northern Mariana Islands. It does not refer to a citizen of another country who has applied for US citizenship.
  • Applicants are expected to have adequate preparation to begin graduate study and research by Summer or Fall 2015. This is nearly always demonstrated by receipt of a bachelor's degree in a science or engineering field earned prior to Fall 2015.
  • Individuals are typically eligible to apply:
    • After graduating from college and prior to entering graduate school
    • During the first year of graduate school
    • Prior to completing the Fall term of the second year of graduate school.
  • Applicants must have completed no more than 12 months of full-time graduate study or its equivalent as of August 1, 2014. Full-time graduate study is as defined by the universities attended. There is no credit hour limit for students who have completed only full-time graduate study; eligibility for full-time students is based on the length of time enrolled in the graduate program.
  • Applicants who have completed part-time graduate study (or a combination of part-time and full-time graduate study) must have completed no more than 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours or their equivalent as of August 1, 2014.
  • All post-baccalaureate, graduate-level study is counted toward the allowed 12 months of completed graduate study. This includes all master's and doctoral programs.
Additional Eligibility Info: Categories of applicants that are ineligible:
  • Those who do not hold US citizenship, national, or permanent resident status by the application deadline.
  • Those who were previously awarded a fellowship from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program and accepted it.
  • Those who have declined the offer of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and who did not notify NSF by the published deadline for accepting the Fellowship.
  • Those who have earned any graduate or professional degree by August 1, 2014, except 1) applicants who have completed a joint BS/MS program and have not completed any further graduate study outside the joint program or 2) applicants who are requesting eligibility consideration due to an extenuating circumstance (please see solicitation for more information).
  • Current NSF employees.

Organization Limit: Fellowship applications must be submitted by the prospective Fellow. Applicants must register with Fastlane (https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/fastlane.jsp) prior to submitting an application.

For questions about the NSF GRFP or help with your application, please email Dr. Celina Mojica from Graduate Division.


The Hertz Foundation

Deadline: October 31, 2014

In the past 50 years, we have supported over 1100 students in graduate school and offer unique mentoring and community opportunities. Our principal goal is the building of a community that creates innovation to improve our lives, supports the national defense, and ensures America’s competitiveness in the global economy.

The Hertz Foundation selects, supports, and mentors the brightest technical people in the nation, giving them all possible freedom to find their creative limits.  By further providing them opportunities to interact as a community, we help equip them to meet John Hertz’s challenge to serve the nation. 

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES ARE
• Innovators who see challenges in new ways
• Eager to make a positive impact in the applied physical biological, and engineering sciences
• Applying to a PhD program or are in the first year of one
• An American citizen or permanent resident

HERTZ FELLOWSHIPS OFFER YOU
• Full tuition equivalent for up to five years
• A stipend of $32,000 per academic year
• $5,000 annually for dependent childcare
• $38,000 stipend if coordinated with other 3-year fellowship
• Over 40 currently participating U.S. research universities

FIELDS OF INTEREST ARE
Astrophysics
Earth Science
Quantitative Biology
Engineering
Biotech
Materials Science
Chemistry
Mathematics
Computer Science
Physics

Apply Online at www.hertzfoundation.org


Lawrence Fellowship Program

Deadline: November 1, 2014

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's prestigious Lawrence Fellowship is once again soliciting applications from promising rising postdocs. The fellowship was established to provide outstanding postdocs an opportunity to pursue world-class research with ample resources to support their efforts. The Laboratory is committed to making their experience at LLNL positive and rewarding.

This three-year fellowship is awarded only to candidates with exceptional talent, credentials, scientific track records, and potential for significant achievements. Typically, two to four awards are given each year. Fellows will propose original and independent research in one or more aspects of science relevant to the competency at LLNL. Research areas may include:

 

     - Atmospheric Science                                     - Engineering

                - Biology                                                         - Environmental Science

                - Chemistry                                                     - Geoscience

                - Applied Mathematics                                      - Lasers

                - Computer Science                                          - Materials Science

                - Energy                                                          - Physics

Application: The application is web-based and includes a CV, a statement of technical interests, three letters of recommendation, and transcripts. Applications are accepted beginning in early August.

Key Selection Criteria: The statement of technical interests, letters of recommendation, and your scientific track record (publication record) are all very important. Candidates who reach the pool of finalists are invited for a two- day interview that includes a seminar about their current research work. The seminar and interview are important for demonstrating excellent communication skills, particularly the ability to successfully explain specialized topics to a broadly-based, interdisciplinary audience.

Process: Applications are due on November 1. The selection committee, comprised of ten voting members representing various technical organizations in the laboratory, reviews applications between November and December to select roughly six finalists from the hundreds of applications. Between mid-January and early March, selected finalists are invited to LLNL for two days of interviews and to give a seminar. Hiring decisions are made in mid-March.

Outcomes: At the conclusion of the fellowship, approximately 60% of the fellows secure a staff position at LLNL. The majority of those who leave obtain tenure-track positions at top-tier universities including MIT, Stanford, and UC Berkeley. A number of former fellows have started their own companies.

For more information and to apply please visit the LLNL (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) website: https://fellowship.llnl.gov/


Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

Dissertation Awards:
This year the program will award approximately 30 dissertation fellowships. The dissertation fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.

Dissertation fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies on behalf or the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgement of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Eligibility:
Eligibility to apply for a dissertation fellowship is limited to:

  • All 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,
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations),
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, 
  • Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree candidates studying in an eligible research-based discipline in a dissertation-required program at a U.S. non-proprietary educational institution, and
  • Individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.

Receipt of the fellowship award is conditioned upon each awardee providing satisfactory documentation that he or she meets the eligibility requirements.

Stipend and Benefits:
One-year Stipend: $25,000

  • Expenses paid to attended one Conference of Ford Fellows
  • Access to Ford Fellows Liaisons, a network of former Ford Fellows who have volunteered to provide mentoring and support to current fellows.

How to Apply:
The on-line fellowship application is available at: http://national-academies.org/ford
Applicants must register and establish a personal user ID and password. All application materials become the property of the National Academies and are not returned to applicants. Please not that all application materials must be written in English.

In order to be reviewed, the on-line application must be submitted by 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time on November 14, 2014. Supplementary Materials must be received in the Fellowships Office by January 9, 2015.

Supplementary Materials:
Strictly enforced deadline: January 9, 2015
The following transcripts must be uploaded to the fellowship application module:

  • Transcript from institution that awarded baccalaureate degree; must includes grades and degree completion date (if applicable),
  • Transcript(s) showing completion of any Master's degree (if applicable) and official Ph.D./Sc.D. transcript showing all graduate work completed as of fall 2014,
  • Letters of reference (all letters must be submitted electronically); a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 letters of reference should be submitted on behalf of each applicant; applications with less then 3 letters submitted by January 9, 2015 will not be reviewed (at least one letter should be submitted by a faculty adviser or other faculty member in the current department), and
  • Verification of Doctoral Degree Candidacy Form.

Please visit http://national-academies.org/ford for more information.


Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Postdoctoral Awards:
This year the program will award approximately 18 postdoctoral fellowships. The postdoctoral fellowships provide one year of support for individuals engaged in postdoctoral study after the attainment of the Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree.

Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement,
are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Eligibility:
Eligibility to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship is limited to:

  • All 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,
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations),
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, 
  • Individuals awarded a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree no earlier than November 30, 2007 and no later than November 14, 2014 in an eligible research-based field from a U.S. educational institution.

Receipt of the fellowship award is conditioned upon each awardee providing satisfactory documentation that he or she meets the eligibility requirements.

Stipend and Benefits:
One-year Stipend: $45,000
The stipend may be supplemented by sabbatical leave pay or other sources of support that do not carry with them teaching or other responsibilities. Fellowship funds may be disbursed through the employing institution if necessary for the continuation of health insurance or other benefits. No dependency allowance is available.

  • Expenses paid to attended one Conference of Ford Fellows
  • Access to Ford Fellows Liaisons, a network of former Ford Fellows who have volunteered to provide mentoring and support to current fellows.

How to Apply:
The on-line fellowship application is available at: http://national-academies.org/ford
Applicants must register and establish a personal user ID and password. All application materials become the property of the National Academies and are not returned to applicants. Please not that all application materials must be written in English.

In order to be reviewed, the on-line application must be submitted by 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time on November 14, 2014. Supplementary Materials must be received in the Fellowships Office by January 9, 2015.

Supplementary Materials:
Strictly enforced deadline: January 9, 2015
The following transcripts must be uploaded to the fellowship application module:

  • Ph.D. or Sc.D. transcript showing all Ph.D. or Sc.D. courses taken, final grades for each course and date of award of the Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree must be uploaded by the applicant,
  • Name and contact information for host mentor/colleague.
  • Host letter (stating willingness of proposed mentor and the research site to serve as the applicant’s host)
  • Letters of reference (all letters must be submitted electronically); a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 letters of reference should be submitted on behalf of each applicant; applications with less then 3 letters submitted by January 9, 2015 will not be reviewed

Please visit http://national-academies.org/ford for more information.


Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

DEADLINE: November 19, 2014

Predoctoral Awards:
This year the program will award approximately 60 predoctoral fellowships. These fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.

Predoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies on behalf or the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgement of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Eligibility:
Eligibility to apply for a predoctoral fellowship is limited to:

  • All 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,
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations),
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, 
  • 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 U.S. educational institution,
  • Individuals who require a minimum of three years study to complete their Ph.D./Sc.D. degree as of the 2015 fall semester, and
  • Individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.

Receipt of the fellowship award is conditioned upon each awardee providing satisfactory documentation that he or she meets the eligibility requirements.

Stipend and Benefits:
Annual Stipend: $24,000

  • Expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows
  • Access to Ford Fellows Liaisons, a network of former Ford Fellows who have volunteered to provide mentoring and support to current fellows

How to Apply:
The on-line fellowship application is available at: http://national-academies.org/ford
Applicants must register and establish a personal user ID and password. All application materials become the property of the National Academies and are not returned to applicants. Please not that all application materials must be written in English.
In order to be reviewed, the on-line application must be submitted by 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time on November 19, 2014. Supplementary Materials must be received in the Fellowships Office by January 9, 2015.

Supplementary Materials:
Strictly enforced deadline: January 9, 2015
The following transcripts must be uploaded to the fellowship application module:

  • Baccalaureate degree transcript showing grades and baccalaureate completion date or undergraduate work completed prior to fall 2014 for those who have not yet completed a baccalaureate degree.
  • Graduate school transcript(s) showing all graduate work completed prior to fall 2014. Applicants who entered graduate school in fall 2014 should upload a graduate transcript that indicates grades received in fall 2014. If this is not possible, a letter from the graduate institution attesting to progress made should be uploaded in its place.
  • Letters of reference (all letters must be submitted electronically); a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 letters of reference should be submitted on behalf of each applicant; applications with less then 3 letters submitted by January 9, 2015 will not be reviewed (if in graduate school, at least one letter should be submitted by a faculty adviser or other faculty member in the current department),
  • Verification of Predoctoral Status Form to affirm that an applicant already enrolled in a Ph.D. or Sc.D. program still requires a minimum of three-years to complete the Ph.D. including at least one year of full time coursework as of the 2015 fall semester.
  • GRE General Test Scores.

Please visit http://national-academies.org/ford for more information.