The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program has announced the selection of 401 new Ford Foundation International Fellows from among nearly 22,000 applicants and twenty-two countries worldwide.
The fellows chosen in this fifth IFP competition were selected on the basis of three criteria: academic achievement; strong leadership skills and potential; and commitment to the development of their communities and countries. Each fellow will receive support for up to three years of post-baccalaureate study in an appropriate university program anywhere in the world.
"IFP fellows are thriving in their diverse academic settings, distinguishing themselves as excellent scholars and bringing valuable new perspectives to the universities where they are studying," said Ford Foundation president Susan V. Berresford.
Fellows for the program, which was launched in November 2000 with a $280 million grant from Ford, the largest in the foundation's history, are selected by local committees formed by IFP partner organizations that administer the program in their respective countries or regions. Of the 401 fifth-round fellows, 181 are women, 277 come from outside large towns or cities, and twenty-two have overcome serious physical disabilities to continue their education. Approximately one-third of the fellows are studying in their home countries and regions, one-third in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe, and one-third in Canada and the United States.
For brief biographical sketches of several fellows, see the IFP Web site.