Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program for Developing Countries


The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program’s (IFP) mission is to vigorously grow educational opportunity and help develop social justice in developing countries. IFP renders fellowships for post-graduate study rising leaders from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Russia and Latin America. These leaders hail from relegated and outlying communities that generally are devoid of the admittance to higher education.

IFP was inaugurated in 2001 with $280 million, the biggest single grant in Ford Foundation history. The Ford Foundation declared a new pledge of $75 million for IFP in April 2006. The program anticipates

to assist approximately 4,300 Fellows when final selections are carried out in 2010.

IFP is not currently accepting new applicants. After bringing the total number of IFP Fellows to approximately 4,300, the final group has been selected. IFP will finish its work by 2013.


Scholarship Provider:

The fellowship supports study programs in universities throughout the world.  The program has developed partnerships with dozens of universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, and continental Europe, as well as in the Fellows’ home regions.


Area of Study:

Ford Foundation International Fellows may opt to study in any academic discipline or field of study related to the Ford Foundation’s three grant-making areas, which are:


Asset Building and Community Development

  • Community Development
  • Development Finance and Economic Security
  • Workforce Development
  • Environment and Development


Knowledge, Creativity, and Freedom

  • Arts and Culture
  • Education and Scholarship
  • Media
  • Religion, Society and Culture
  • Sexuality and Reproductive Health


Peace and Social Justice

  • Civil Society
  • Governance
  • Human Rights


Benefits of this Scholarship:

  • IFP fellowships aides up to three years of study for master’s, doctoral, or professional post-graduate degrees.
  • Fellows experience a comprehensive package of benefits, including preparatory training, placement assistance and academic support during their post-graduate programs.



  • Have clearly-stated intention to serve their communities and countries of origin, and expects that they will honor this obligation
  • Demonstrate superior achievement in undergraduate studies and hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent
  • Have considerable experience in community service or development-related activities
  • Possess leadership potential showcased by their employment and academic experience
  • Propose to go after a post-baccalaureate degree that will directly increase their leadership capacity in a practical, policy, academic, or artistic discipline or field similar to one or more of the Foundation’s areas of endeavor
  • Present a specific plan on how they will apply their studies to social problems or issues in their own countries. Commit themselves to working on these issues after the fellowship period
  • Because local requirements and deadlines vary among IFP countries, applicants must follow the specific application guidelines provided by IFP International Partner organizations (see the link below)


How to Apply:

  • All applications must be submitted to the appropriate IFP International Partner in the country or region where the applicant resides. IFP International Partners determine application deadlines and selection schedules in their region or country.
  • It is important to visit the website specific to your country (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

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Official Scholarship Website:

Country-specific Websites can be found at

Download the International Fellowship Brochure at this link.

Deadline: Varies per country