Ford Foundation Fellowships 2009

Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) 2009 for Indian Students

Ford Foundation Fellowships 2009

Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) 2009 for Indian Students

The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) seeks to build a new generation of social justice leaders worldwide. Ford Fellows come from groups and communities that have little access to higher education, and are selected on the strength of their academic achievement, leadership skills and social commitment. By building on Fellows? familiarity with grass roots problems, IFP seeks to raise the Fellows? capacity - through knowledge, skills and networks - to become effective leaders in the struggle to improve lives in their communities, countries and regions.

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.

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.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should:

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 Uttarakhand.

Hold a Bachelor?s or a Master?s degree from a recognized Indian university with at least 55% marks. Applicants who already have two post-graduate degrees or equivalent will be given lower preference.

Have at least three years? full-time work experience relevant to their proposed area of study.

Have experience in leadership and community service or development related activities.

Applicants are required to:

Meet necessary admission requirements and language proficiency standards of the foreign or Indian university. Selected candidates who need training in English language skills should be able to devote up to 6 to 9 months, if required, to pursue a residential language training program outside their state. This takes place during the pre-fellowship phase after the announcement of the fellowship and prior to the commencement of the academic program.

Pursue a post-graduate degree that will directly enhance their capacity to excel in an academic, policymaking, practical or artistic field corresponding to the Ford Foundation?s grant-making areas.

Present a plan specifying how they will apply their studies to social problems or issues in their own countries.

Demonstrate their commitment to working for these issues following the Fellowship period. ,/p>


(for academic programs beginning 2010)

IFP Eligible Fields of Study

The Ford Foundation works in 12 grant-making areas to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international co-operation and advance human achievement. These areas are not to be confused with subjects for post-graduate study. Candidates? proposed subject must relate to one of the 12 grant-making areas listed below. Further information is available on the Ford Foundation website

1. Arts & Culture 2. Civil Society 3. Community Development 4. Development Finance & Economic Security 5. Education Reform & Scholarship 6. Environment & Development 7. Governance 8. Human Rights 9. Media 10. Religion, Society & Culture 11. Sexuality & Reproductive Health 12. Workforce Development

The Application Process

Stage 1: Interested candidates should complete an IFP Pre-Application Form to reach the IFP office in New Delhi not later than 15 November 2008. Submit your completed Pre Application Form as early as possible, preferably within a week of receiving the Form. Pre Application Forms received after 15 November 2008 will not be considered.

Stage 2: Only eligible candidates will be sent an IFP Final Application Form. Candidates should complete the Final Application Form and return to the IFP office in New Delhi not later than 15 January 2009.

Stage 3: Final Application Forms will be reviewed and evaluated by a panel of experts from academia, the social development sector and other related disciplines. Short listed candidates will be invited to attend regional interviews during April and May 2009.

Stage 4: A National Selection Committee will make the final selections and results will be declared by August 2009. The fellowships (for academic programs beginning in 2010) will be subject to the candidates being accepted by the foreign or Indian university, within a year from the date of the communication of the IFP award, and as per the IFP placement guidelines.


The Pre Application Form must be complete in all respects. Incomplete forms are ineligible, and will not be considered. All applications must be completed on original IFP Forms. These must be submitted only to the IFP New Delhi office.

Applicants must furnish complete and correct information. While care is taken to ensure timely despatch of Final Application Forms to the qualifying candidates, IFP will not be liable for any delay or loss of documents in transit. Please fill correct address and contact details.

All decisions of the Selection Committees will be final and will not be open to review. Any effort to influence the decision will be deemed as a ground for disqualification.

Ford Foundation staff and their family members may not serve on selection panels and are not eligible to apply for IFP awards. Members of selection committees, staff of the organizations managing the Program and their family members are also ineligible for IFP awards.

Please note that this fellowship is offered for a post-graduate degree. It cannot be used for short-term courses, study visits or post-doctoral programs.

IFP selects Fellows on the strength of their clearly-stated intention to serve their community and country of origin, and expects that they will honor this obligation.

Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program 12, Hailey Road, New Delhi 110 001, India Tel: (11) 2335 8893, 2335 8894 Fax: (11) 2335 8893 E-mail: Website:

Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) 2009 for Indian Students