International Fellowships Program: Ford Foundation, 2000

Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society (Duke)



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In November 2000, the Ford Foundation announced the largest grant in its history: a $330 million appropriation, to be paid out in one year and spent over a period of ten, for the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP). The Program provides full support for up to three years of graduate study at any university of the individual fellow’s choosing. Fellows are chosen on the basis of three criteria: academic excellence, leadership potential, and commitment to a career of service at the local or national level. They are free to pursue a Masters, Ph.D., or professional degree in any field, so long as it relates to work conducted in one of the Ford Foundation’s three broad grant-making areas: Asset Building and Community Development; Knowledge, Creativity, and Freedom; or Peace and Social Justice. IFP recruits fellows from twenty-one countries and territories in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Russia.



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