The Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program® (IFP) was part of an ambitious international educational project sponsored by the Ford Foundation in coordination with various national organizations in 22 countries worldwide.
Given the importance of academic postgraduate leadership training in generating new methods of development, Ford launched the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program 2000 (IFP). The fellowship aimed to contribute to the consolidation of a new generation of leaders among young people that have had restricted access to higher education, in order to increase their participation in solving the enormous challenges of the 21st century.
IIE Latin America administered this grant in Mexico, where the Ford Foundation joined forces with the Center for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in order to offer grants to indigenous students. Between 2000 and 2010, the fellowship supported 88 women and 138 men to study graduate degrees in universities with high academic standards in numerous countries throughout the world.
Fellows were selected based on their academic excellence, their commitment to social and community development, and their leadership potential. They pursued studies in fields that supported the Ford Foundation’s goals to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, and promote international cooperation and human development.
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