Thursday, October 2, 2008

Ford Foundation - International Fellowship Program


Ford Foundation - International Fellowships Program or IFP aims to provide opportunities for graduate education to exceptional men and women from marginalized sectors who will use this education to become leaders in their fields and to serve their countries and communities.

The IFP is now operational in 22 countries and territories where the Ford Foundation maintains active grant-making programs, including the Philippines. The program is being administered in the Philippines by the Philippine Social Science Council. A National Advisory Board composed of representatives from the academe, government and civic organizations serves as the program's policymaking body.

Benefits. The IFP aims to assist individuals who would not normally have the opportunity for graduate education because of geographic isolation, family poverty, discrimination due to ethnicity, physical disability, gender, or other factors.

Successful applicants will be able to pursue a Masters or Ph.D. degree in academic institutions in their own country or abroad. The IFP will cover the cost of up to three years of graduate study, includin:

· tuition and other school fees;

· travel allowances;

· living allowances;

· health insurance; and

· pre-academic training on English language proficiency, social research conceptualization and methodologies and basic computer operations and programs.

Eligibility. To qualify, an applicant must:

· be a resident of the Philippines or a Filipino citizen who resides or works in a 4th/5th class city, or 4th/5th/6th class municipality.

· hold at least a baccalaureate degree with above average performance; and

· have had at least three years of relevant work experience that relates to his or her proposed graduate study program and to the kind of work or community service that he or she plans to do after completing graduate school.

Application Procedures

Pre-application. Prospective applicants are required to fill out a pre-application form to qualify for a fellowship application. The form may be requested from PSSC or any of its regional offices, downloaded, or taken online.

Application. Only pre-qualified applicants will be given or sent an IFP application form. Applicants must submit the duly accomplished application form together with the required documents to PSSC or its regional offices on or before the end of the application period. INCOMPLETE or LATE applications will not be accepted under any circumstances. Fellowship applications are generated and reviewed on a yearly basis. Please check out our News & Events section for the schedule of IFP applications.


Process. The selection of applicants entails a three-stage process. The initial screening of complete and qualified applications is done by regional screening committees who will rate these on the basis of the Program's selection criteria. The second review is done by a panel of experts who will look more closely into the candidates' academic qualifications, while the third screening consists of an interview with the top-ranking candidates by a national selection panel.

Basis for Selection. Application for IFP fellowship is competitive due to the limited number of slots per year. The selection of IFP fellows is based on their

· academic credentials and preparedness;

· leadership potential;

· experience in and commitment to community and national service; and

· socio-economic need.

Source: "Ford Foundation - International Fellowship Program." Retrieved from:

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