December 12, 2014

Collection: Ford Foundation's International Fellowships Program Archive

Columbia University

In 2001, the Ford Foundation awarded the largest single grant in its history — $280 million over 10 years — to launch the new kind of fellowship program for social justice leaders from the world’s most vulnerable populations in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Russia. Geared toward grassroots leaders and social innovators, the IFP was based on an inclusive higher education model that prioritized social commitment over traditional selection criteria.

The records of the International Partner offices contain materials in various formats, which document activities and provide information about the social characteristics, interests, and academic work of the Fellows. The archives cover the issues of social justice, community development, and access to higher education, and include paper and digital documentation and audiovisual materials on the more than 4,300 IFP Fellows as well as comprehensive planning and administrative files of the program. The archival materials from the field offices were received in 2012-2014 in analog and digital formats.