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The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program

Event: The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program, INDIA

Offered By: Ford Foundation

Key Dates:

IFP Pre-Application Form :15 November 2008
IFP Final Application Form for eligible candidates: 15 January 2009.

For whom:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree from a recognized Indian university with at least 55% marks
  • Be Indian nationals or permanent residents, currently residing in the states of Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh or Uttaranchal.
  • Have at least three year’s full-time work experience relevant to their proposed area of study.
  • Have experience in leadership and community service or development related activities.


The Ford Foundation is a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide. Its goals are to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement. This has been its purpose for more than half a century. Founded in 1936, the Foundation operated as a local philanthropy in the state of Michigan until 1950, when it expanded to become a national and international foundation. Since its inception it has been an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization.

The International Fellowships Program is the largest single program ever supported by the Ford Foundation. By investing $280 million over the next ten years, the Foundation expects to build on a half century of support for higher education. In the past Foundation programs have maintained the highest educational standards. Ford fellowship recipients have gone on to 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 the arts. The International Fellowships Program 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 General Guidelines:

The Program is especially designed to support candidates from groups that have historically lacked access to higher education. Eligible candidates who belong to marginalized and excluded groups and communities such as scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, other backward classes, religious minorities, women, physically challenged and those with other kinds of socio-economic deprivation are encouraged to apply.

  • Fellows will be chosen on the basis of their academic achievement as well as for their leadership potential and commitment to community service.
  • Fellows may enrol in a master’s level program and may pursue any academic discipline or field of study consistent with the interests and goals of the Ford Foundation (see IFP Eligible Fields of Study).
  • IFP will provide support for a maximum of two years of formal Master’s degree.
  • 40 fellowships are available for 2009.
  • Once selected, Fellows may enrol in universities in any part of the world, including universities in India. IFP will provide university placement assistance.
  • IFP will support Fellows to undertake appropriate short-term language study and training in research and computer skills prior to enrolment.
  • Fellows who wish to study overseas will have to take TOEFL or IELTS language proficiency tests.

More on Application Process here.

For More details:
Homepage: http://www.ifpsa.org/index.asp
Contact: ask@ifpsa.org


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