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The International Fellowship program is designed to support post graduate study of such candidates who may not otherwise have access to higher education. Women, Scheduled castes, Scheduled tribes, other backward classes and physically disadvantaged candidates who are academically bright and posses potential to use their education to serve their community and nation are selected for the fellowship. Fellows can enroll in a master’s or doctorate level program in any academic discipline of study consistent with the interests of the Ford Foundation.


Applicants should:
   

  • Be Indian nationals currently residing and working in the states of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, 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, policy-making, 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.
  • Individuals who already have a degree from abroad will not be considered.
  • Individuals must currently reside and need not belong to one of the 10 target states.
  • Individuals belonging to the 10 target states but currently living outside these states will not be 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

  • Arts & Culture
  • Civil Society
  • Community Development
  • Development Finance & Economic Security
  • Education & Scholarship
  • Environment & Development
  • Governance
  • Human Rights
  • Media
  • Religion, Society & Culture
  • Public Health
  • Workforce Development


Application Process:-
 

Stage 1: Interested candidates should complete an IFP Pre-Application Form to reach the IFP office in New Delhi not later than 4th January 2010. Submit your completed Pre Application Form as early as possible, preferably within a week of receiving the Form.
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 February 2010.
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. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend regional interviews during April and May 2010.
Stage 4: A National Selection Committee will make the final selections and results will be declared by August 2010. The fellowships (for academic programs beginning in 2011) will be subject to the candidates being accepted by the foreign or Indian university.

Notes :-

  • The Pre Application Form must be complete in all respects. Incomplete frms 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.
     
   
 

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