The International Fellowships Program (IFP) provides opportunities for
advanced study to exceptional individuals who will use this education to
become leaders in their respective fields, furthering development in their
own countries and greater economic and social justice worldwide. To ensure
that Fellows are drawn from more diverse backgrounds than ever before, IFP
will actively recruit candidates from social groups and communities that
lack systematic access to higher education.
IFP is the largest single program ever supported by the Ford Foundation. By
investing $280 million over ten years through 2010, the Foundation intends
to build on its half century of support for higher education. Foundation
programs have long promoted the highest educational standards and
achievement. Ford fellowship recipients have become leaders in institutions
around the world and have helped build global knowledge in fields ranging
across the natural and social sciences as well as the humanities and arts.
IFP draws on this tradition and underscores the Foundation’s belief that
education enables people to improve their own lives as well as to assist
others in the common pursuit of more equitable and just societies.
The International Fellowships Program provides support for up to three years
of formal graduate-level study. Fellows will be selected from countries in
Africa and the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Russia where the
Foundation maintains active overseas programs. U.S. nationals are not
eligible, although Fellows may study in the United States.
Fellows are chosen on the basis of their leadership potential and commitment
to community or national service as well as for academic excellence. Fellows
may enroll in master’s or doctoral programs and may pursue any academic
discipline or field of study that is consistent with the interests and goals
of the Ford Foundation. The Foundation currently works in fifteen fields to
strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote
international cooperation, and advance human achievement.
Once selected, Fellows may enroll in universities in any part of the world,
including their country of residence. The program will provide placement
assistance to those Fellows not yet admitted to graduate school.
IFP support will enable Fellows to undertake language study and training in
research and computer skills prior to graduate school enrollment. New
Fellows will attend orientation sessions, and current Fellows may
participate in learning and discussion activities designed to create
information and exchange networks. Finally, the program provides resources
for Fellows to conduct research or projects in their home countries after
completing the fellowship period.
*Who Is Eligible?*
Applicants must be resident nationals or residents of an eligible IFP
In addition, successful candidates will:
· Demonstrate superior achievement in their undergraduate studies and hold a
baccalaureate degree or its equivalent.
· Have substantial experience in community service or development-related
· Possess leadership potential evidenced by their employment and academic
· Propose to pursue a post-baccalaureate degree that will directly enhance
their leadership capacity in a practical, policy, academic, or artistic
discipline or field corresponding to one or more of the Foundation’s areas
· Present a plan specifying how they will apply their studies to social
problems or issues in their own countries. Commit themselves to working on
these issues following the fellowship period. IFP selects Fellows on the
strength of their clearly-stated intention to serve their communities and
countries of origin, and expects that they will honor this obligation.