IFP Archive

The Ford IFP Archive

Extensive Documentation Covering IFP’s Ten Years of Operation

Along with the Alumni Tracking Study, the Ford IFP Archive forms part of a comprehensive IFP Knowledge Management Project designed to document the history of the IFP fellowship and its future impacts. Housed at Columbia University Libraries, the IFP Archive includes a wealth of paper, digital, and audiovisual materials which document the planning and administration of the program, as well as the selection, placement, and monitoring of its more than 4,300 Fellows.

A selection of digital records—including publications, the IFP media library, and archived websites—are available online via the Ford IFP Archive website. Paper records as well as other electronic administrative files and correspondence are accessible on site in the reading room of Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Materials that contain personal and other sensitive information are restricted until 2075.

The Ford IFP Archive aims to provide researchers and practitioners with an in-depth look into the links between access to higher education, international development, and social change. This project has enabled Columbia University Libraries to play a leading role in preserving and providing access to a large, hybrid archive that exists in both paper and digital form.

For more information about the Archive and to access digital records, please visit the Ford IFP Archive website

IFP Research Awards

To encourage critical engagement with the archive, Columbia has awarded research awards to six scholars from institutions around the world:

  • Tran Nu Mai Thy (Endicott College), "A study of IFP Vietnam Alumni"
  • Budi Waluyo (Lehigh University), "Measuring National Community Development Returns from International Scholarship Programs"
  • Wim de Jong (Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands), "Philanthropy, Community and Democracy. The Ford Foundation's Domestic and Foreign Education Programs, 1949-2016"
  • Funmi Para-Mallam (National Institute for Policy & Strategic Studies, Nigeria), "Tackling Gender-Based Violence in Select African Countries"
  • Rajendran Thangavelu Govender (Kwazulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa), "From Dark to Enlightened Continent- An Analytical Study of the Research of the Ford Foundation IFP Africa Alumni from 2001 to 2013"
  • Nagah Hassan Ismail, "Promoting Social Justice in Egypt: the Impact of the Ford IFP"

Each award winner will work in both the digital and paper archive during the summer of 2016 and present their findings at a symposium that will be held at Columbia University’s Faculty House on September 8. That event will be free and open to the public. For more information about that event, and about the Ford IFP Digital Archive, please contact Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library at rbml@library.columbia.edu