Between 2001 and 2013, the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) supported graduate or postgraduate-level education for 4,305 emerging social justice leaders from 22 countries. Ford Foundation provided $417 million in funding resources for IFP, the single largest program commitment in its history.
Geared toward emerging grassroots leaders and social innovators, IFP was based on an inclusive higher education model that prioritized social commitment over traditional selection criteria. Its underlying assumption was that, given the right tools, socially committed individuals from disadvantaged communities could succeed in postgraduate studies and would advance social change upon returning home. IFP alumni represent a wide range of groups traditionally excluded from higher education based on their gender, race, ethnicity, religion, economic and educational backgrounds, or physical disability, among other factors.
For more information on IFP, please visit the Ford Foundation IFP website.