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Members of the Society of Senior Ford Fellows were supported by the Ford Foundation with a Ford Predoctoral, Ford Dissertation, or Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship. These senior experts completed their doctoral degree at least seven years ago.  (Please see official membership details at the end of this page.)

Benefits of joining the Society include:

  • biennual conference of Senior Ford Fellows
  • alignment with the Ford Foundation Fellowship mission to enrich universities through enhanced diversity
  • customization of your directory listing (including privacy settings)
  • ease of connection to other Senior Ford Fellows 
  • ease of connection with potential mentees
  • networking and professional development opportunities
  • opportunity to express your public service orientation by offering expertise to media (an optional member profile field demonstrates your availability)

More benefits coming soon as our website and membership grows...

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  • event announcements

Annual Membership Needs Based Discount Available

Please use our discount code when completing your membership registration if you self identify as having a need for financial support. This code will provide a $50 discount on the annual $65 membership, lowering the cost to $15 for potential members who need pricing modification:  SUPPORTSSFF

Installments by Request

Members interested in an installment plan ($500 per payment) for the Sustaining, Fortifying, or Building Membership may contact our site administrator. For these 5-year memberships, full payment would be due by the end of the calendar year. Should payment not be received in full for this multi-year membership category, membership would be converted to the nearest level.

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Membership Details

According to our bylaws:

  • The Members of the SSFF shall be accomplished scholars who
    1. Have opted in by notification to the Secretary of the SSFF, and
    2. Have been grantees of a Ford Foundation Fellowship and for whom at least seven (7) years have elapsed since receiving the doctoral degree.
  • The membership shall be maintained from year to year by the payment of designated annual dues or other method established by the SSFF.
  • Individuals may retain membership as long as they continue to adhere to the Terms and Conditions as defined by the Executive Board.
  • Any Member of the SSFF may resign upon notice to the Secretary.
  • Members of the SSFF may be removed for failure to pay dues or for other infringement of the Terms and Conditions through a process defined therein.
  • All Members in good standing are eligible to vote in SSFF elections and may be elected to office in the SSFF.
  • The privilege of voting in elections of the SSFF shall be limited to Members of the SSFF whose opt-in notification of membership in the SSFF has been received at least thirty (30) days prior to the date the voter ballots are distributed.
  • The Members of the SSFF shall not issue any public position papers or statements in the name of the SSFF without approval as described in Article IX (Communications).


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The Society of Senior Ford Fellows is a nonprofit public benefit and charitable organization 501(c)3. EIN 85-1102780.