If you’re looking for opportunities to fund your doctoral dissertation research and you identify as a person of a historically underrepresented ethnicity, then you might be eligible for several exciting fellowships that aim to increase racial diversity in academia. Check out the following doctoral fellowships for minorities in education and be sure to bookmark these opportunities to your ProFellow account.
AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research
The Council of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) established the fellowship program to provide support for doctoral dissertation research, to advance education research by outstanding minority graduate students, and to improve the quality and diversity of university faculties. This fellowship is targeted for members of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education (e.g., African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders). Eligible graduate students for the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research will be at the writing stage of their dissertation by the beginning of the fellowship. Include a $19,000 stipend to study education, teaching, learning, or other education research topic.
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships
The Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity. This fellowship provides one year of support to 30 individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. The awards will be made to individuals who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, and show promise. The fellowship pays a stipend of $21,000.
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships
The Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity. Predoctoral 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. Fellowships are awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. The fellowship pays an annual stipend of $24,000.
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships honor immigrant tradition in the U.S. by providing up to $90,000 over 2 years to 30 new Americans who will be pursuing a full time graduate degree program in any field at an American institution in the United States. To be eligible you must have been born outside the U.S. (as a non-citizen) and, as of November 9 of the year you apply, be either a naturalized citizen or in possession of a green card (i.e., be a resident alien). Applicants can be undergraduate seniors or in the 1st or 2nd year of a graduate program. Their accomplishments must show impressive creativity, originality and initiative.
SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program
The program’s goal is to produce more minority Ph.D students who seek careers as faculty on college campuses. The Doctoral Scholars Program provides multiple layers of support including financial assistance, academic/research funding, career counseling and job postings, scholar counseling and advocacy, a scholar directory for networking and recruiting, invitation to the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, and continued early career support. The fellowship is open to minorities pursuing a Ph.D. who are a U.S. Citizen or have permanent U.S. residency.
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Eligibility to apply for a dissertation fellowship is limited to:
- All U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, political asylees, and refugees, 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 non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. institution of higher education who will complete the dissertation in a period of 9-12 months during the 2018-2019 academic year, and
- Individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.
Follow the steps below to prepare and submit an application for a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship.
- Read through the following:
- Familiarize yourself with Navigating the Online Application.
- Start an application here.
Applicants should note that it is their responsibility to ensure that all application components--including all supplementary materials--have been entered, submitted, and uploaded by the specified deadlines.