The New York City-based Ford Foundation has announced the selection of 543 new fellows from among 24,865 applicants in twenty-one countries and territories across the developing world through its International Fellowships Program.
Now in its sixth year, the program selects fellows 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.
Fellows in the program, which was launched in November 2000 with a $280 million grant from Ford, the largest in its history, are selected by local committees formed by IFP partner organizations that administer the program in their respective countries or regions. Nearly half the fellows selected to date have been women, while most of the fellows chosen in this round are the first in their families or communities to gain an opportunity for university or post-graduate studies.
"IFP fellows have not only excelled in their academic work, they have also begun to contribute in significant ways to progress in their home countries," said Ford Foundation president Susan V. Berresford. "This new group of fellows will join the growing network of IFP fellows around the world who are sharing ideas and learning from each others' expertise and experiences."
For a complete list of this year's IFP fellows, see: http://www.fordifp.net/index.aspx?id=203.