IFP Alumni Tracking Study
The IFP Alumni Tracking Study is a 10-year research project designed to explore and assess the long-term impact of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program® (IFP).
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Supporting Social Justice Leaders
For over a decade, the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) provided higher education opportunities for social justice leaders in 22 countries.
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The IFP Knowledge Management Project
The tracking study is part of the IFP Knowledge Management Project which includes a Ford IFP Archive housed at Columbia University Libraries.
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What is the IFP Alumni Tracking Study?
In 2011, the Institute of International Education (IIE) was awarded a grant to design and implement a ten year research study that will explore the pathways and life opportunities of individual IFP alumni over time, capturing their behavioral changes and professional accomplishments as well as the potential impacts of the fellowship experience on their local communities.
IIE is collecting and analyzing a combination of quantitative and qualitative data on IFP alumni that will yield compelling results about the links between access to higher education, international development and social change.
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What is the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program?
In 2001, the Ford Foundation awarded the largest single grant in its history to the International Fellowships Program (IFP), a new kind of fellowship opportunity geared toward grassroots leaders and social innovators.
For over a decade, IFP supported advanced education for social justice leaders from marginalized communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Russia. The program developed a unique fellowship model that integrated gender, race, ethnicity, region, religion, economic and educational background, and physical disability into its recruitment and selection process. By 2013, over 4,300 alumni from 22 countries had completed their fellowships, and approximately 82% of alumni returned home to implement their new skills and knowledge in their communities.
Learn more about the program and IFP Alumni on the IFP Legacy Website