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Paper Record: Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program Records, 2000-2013, Box and Folder (if applicable); Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Abstract

The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) offered fellowships for post-graduate study to leaders from marginalized communities in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Russia from 2001-2013. Paper, digital, and audiovisual materials document the planning and administration of the program, as well as the selection, placement, and monitoring of over 4,300 Fellows that participated in the program. The records document a unique educational model that linked access to higher education, international development, and social change.

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Call No.:MS#1633
Bib ID:9489034 View CLIO record
Creator(s): Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program
Title:Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program Records 2000-2013
Physical description:417 linear ft.; 3.6 TB.
Language(s):In English, Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese.
Access: Selected digital content, such as publications, the IFP Media Library, and archived Internet sources, are publicly available and searchable online via a dedicated website. Paper records, electronic administrative files, and electronic correspondence are accessible in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library Reading Room. Materials that contain personal and other sensitive information are restricted until 2075. Paper records are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the reading room. Please consult the Rare Book and Manuscript Library for further information.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

The IFP Records are arranged into series according to the entity originally responsible for their creation and use. Series I contains the records created by the IFP Secretariat, which was located in New York City and responsible for managing the program as a whole. Series II contains archived websites created by the IFP Secretariat and many of its partners. These websites are grouped into a separate series because they are digital files which were created from data available on the live web by archivists at Columbia University Libraries, using the Internet Archive’s Archive-It software. Series III contains the records of the IFP Alumni Tracking Study, which is administered by the Institute of International Education. Series IV contains records created by each of IFP’s international partners, who were responsible for administering the program in each of its 22 global sites.

All files in the IFP Records are arranged in the order in which they were received by the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

The collection is arranged into four series.

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Scope and Content

The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) offered fellowships for post-graduate study to leaders from underserved communities in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Russia from 2001-2013. Paper, digital, and audiovisual materials document the planning and administration of the program, as well as the selection, placement, and monitoring of over 4,300 Fellows that participated in the program. The records document a unique educational model that linked access to higher education, international development, and social change.

Series I: New York Secretariat, 2000-2013

Series I contains paper records (145 linear feet) and digital records (over 3.5 TB) relating to the administration of IFP as a whole. The records in Series I were created and used by staff members at the IFP New York Secretariat, in partnership with local organizations which managed key aspects of the program in each local context. The Secretariat was in operation from 2001 through 2013.

Material formats included in Series I are minutes of the Board of Directors, policy records, staff and Fellow handbooks, evaluation and research papers, records of international and regional meetings, staff correspondence (which took place largely by email), and publications issued both by IFP and external organizations. Grant files document grants awarded by IFP to international partners, placement partners, and other organizations involved in carrying out IFP. Financial records include documentation of interactions between the New York Secretariat and its financial advisors—both the internal Finance and Investment Advisory Committee and the external investment groups Northern Trust and Seix Investment Advisors, which managed the program’s funds. They also include documentation of the Secretariat’s maintenance of nonprofit status in New York State and the United States, and routine interactions with the Internal Revenue Service and other government entities which occurred as part of IFP’s maintaining legal and regulatory compliance. The media library contains photographic and video materials documenting the program. Secretariat staff members’ participation in the broader community of nonprofit organizations—especially those concerned with international education—is documented to a lesser extent in these files.

Records created by the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), an IFP partner which was responsible for conducting program evaluations for the duration of IFP, are also located in Series I because they were used by the Secretariat staff in administering the program. Additionally, starting in 2007, a joint survey of Alumni conducted by CHEPS and IFP was carried out annually. CHEPS digital records consist of data files from the surveys and interviews, as well as periodic summary reports. Copies of the summary reports and Secretariat correspondence with CHEPS are also located in Series I paper records. These files are particularly valuable for summary data on Fellows and for evaluating program impact.

In several cases, the records of multiple IFP Secretariat staff members are located within the same subseries. This arrangement appears to have been a natural function of the processes through which the Secretariat carried out its work, and as such, no attempt has been made to separate them. Joyce Malombe, Director for Africa and the Middle East, left her position in 2007. Her successor, Damtew Teferra, left in 2009 and was not replaced. The records created by Malombe and Teferra are physically grouped together, though their creators can largely be discerned by the dates of their creation, in addition to identifying evidence within the records themselves. The files of Ashok Gurung, Program Officer, and Rita Soni, Program Associate, are also physically grouped together, as both worked on similar projects at the Secretariat. Similarly, records created by Communications Officer Rachel Clift are mixed with those created and maintained by Director of Communications Diana Whitten, and records created by Grants Manager Barbara Wanasek are mixed with those created and maintained by Director of Finance and Administration Robert Oppegard.

The bulk of the digital records of the IFP Secretariat were transferred to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library on a Columbia University Libraries-provided hard drive on September 26, 2013. Additional digital records in the series were transferred from more than 400 digital media carriers received in 2013 and 2014 in shipments of paper records from the IFP Secretariat.

Subseries I.1: International Fellowships Fund Board of Directors, 2001-2013

Subseries I.1 contains the meeting minutes of the International Fellowships Fund Board of Directors. The IFF Board of Directors was the governing body ultimately responsible for policy and financial administration for the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program. Ambassador Donald McHenry served as the Board of Directors' chair for the duration of the program. The Board of Directors met three times per year, usually in January, May, and September, between 2001 and 2013.

Subseries I.2: Executive Director, 2000-2014

Subseries I.2 contains records created and used by Joan Dassin, Executive Director of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program, in the course of directing the program.

Director of Finance and Administration, 2000-2014

Subseries I.3 contains records created and used by Robert Oppegard, Director of Finance and Administration. Oppegard was primarily responsible for managing IFP’s budget, overseeing the program’s investments, and administering institutional grants. As such, the bulk of Series I.3 contains financial records and grant files, as well as records of Oppegard’s participation in other aspects of the administration of IFP as a senior member of the Secretariat staff. Records created and used by Barbara Wanasek, Grants Manager, are also included in Subseries I.3. Wanasek joined the staff of the IFP Secretariat in 2009 and worked with Robert Oppegard to administer IFP’s institutional grants.

Subseries I.4: Director for Asia and Russia, 2000-2013

Subseries I.4 contains records created and used by Mary Zurbuchen, Director for Asia and Russia. Zurbuchen was responsible for overseeing the International Fellowships Program in Asia and Russia, including developing Strategic University Partnerships and coordinating the Secretariat’s work with its International Partners in that region.

Subseries I.5: Director for Africa and the Middle East, 2000-2009

Subseries I.5 contains records created and used by Joyce Malombe, Director for Africa and the Middle East between 2001 and 2007, and her successor, Damtew Teferra, between 2007 and 2009. Malombe and Teferra were responsible for overseeing the International Fellowships Program in Africa and the Middle East, including developing Strategic University Partnerships and coordinating the Secretariat’s work with its International Partners in that region.

Subseries I.6: Director for Special Projects, 2006-2008

Subseries I.6 contains records created and used by Toby Volkman, Director for Special Projects, between 2006 and 2008. Volkman, an anthropologist by training, edited a book on IFP titled Origins, Journeys and Returns: Social Justice in International Education , which was published by the Social Science Research Council in 2009. She also coordinated the production of several videos about IFP.

Subseries I.7: Program Officers, 2001-2008

Subseries I.7 contains contains records created and used by Ashok Gurung, a Ford Foundation Program Officer assigned to IFP, between 2001 and 2008, and Rita Soni, a Ford Foundation Program Associate, between 2001 and 2003.

Subseries I.8: Director of Communications, 2001-2009

Subseries I.8 contains records created and used by Diana Whitten, IFP Director of Communications, and Rachel Clift, Communications Officer, between 2001 and 2009. Whitten and Clift were responsible for coordinating IFP’s relationships with news media, as well as its publications, multimedia productions, and web presence.

Subseries I.9: Senior Project Manager, Archives and Knowledge Management, 2008-2014

Subseries I.9 contains records created and used by Alan Divack, Senior Project Manager, Archives and Knowledge Management, between 2008 and 2014. Divack worked with other IFP staff members and the Board of Directors to identify IFP records with long-term value, develop policies and procedures for gathering and preserving those records, and make arrangements with an archival repository to house the collection. Daniel Reisner, Multimedia and Archives Officer, assisted Divack with this project.

Subseries I.10: Publications, 2001-2009

Subseries I.10 contains books, periodicals, and printed ephemera produced by IFP international partners, the Ford Foundation, and IFP itself. Also included are publications which provide background information about universities attended by IFP Fellows, as well as the broader landscapes of grant administration, international higher education, and the relationships of both to social justice. These publications were used by Secretariat staff in the administration of IFP. Where the owner of a publication or group of publications is known and it is found among other working files, it was kept in the subseries corresponding to its owner. Otherwise it was placed in Subseries I.10. Publications produced by IFP's local partners and alumni associations can be found in Series IV.

Subseries I.11: International Meeting Briefing Books, 2001-2013

Subseries I.11 contains briefing books created by the IFP Secretariat staff for meetings between Fellows, program staff from the program's partner organizations, and the IFP Secretariat. These meetings include IFP's annual Regional Meetings, Global Partner Meetings, and Leadership for Social Justice Institutes.

Subseries I.12: Photographs, 2001-2013

Subseries I.11 contains printed photographs taken at various IFP meetings or mailed to the IFP Secretariat by Fellows and international partners between 2000 and 2010.

Subseries I.13: Digital Records, 2001-2013

Subseries I.13 contains digital records created and used by the IFP Secretariat in the course of administering the program. These materials were received in September 2013 and comprise over 3.5 TB of administrative and program files, a multimedia library and digitized audiovisual materials. The materials also include datasets and digital copies of reports which were generated and written by IFP's program evaluation partner, the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, between 2003 and 2012. The digital records of the IFP Secretariat are grouped into one subseries, rather than being distributed among the series corresponding to their creators, because they were grouped together at the time they were transferred to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library on a single hard drive in 2013.

Series II: Archived Websites, 2012-present

Series II contains archived websites created by the IFP Secretariat, many of its international partners, and some IFP alumni associations. The websites were archived by Columbia University Libraries web archivists using the Internet Archive’s Archive-It software beginning in 2012. Websites which are still live and being updated continue to be crawled twice a year. Inactive websites or those which have been removed from the live web are no longer crawled by Columbia University Libraries. All archived websites can be accessed online through the Rare Book and Manuscript Library’s Archive-It web page , or through the links to individual archived websites below.

Series III: IFP Alumni Tracking Study, 2013-present

Series III contains the records of the IFP Alumni Tracking Study. Launched in 2013, the IFP Alumni Tracking Study is a ten year longitudinal study of IFP alumni intended to assess the long-term impacts of the International Fellowships Program on its alumni and their communities. The study is being carried out by the Institute of International Education’s Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact, with support from the Ford Foundation. Additional records of the study will be added to the Ford Foundation IFP Records at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library as work progresses. See also Series II: Archived websites for access to archived versions of the Alumni Tracking Study's website.

Further additions are expected.

Subseries III.1: Reports

Subseries III.1 contains Alumni Tracking Study reports issued by IIE.

Series IV: IFP Countries, 2000-2013

Series IV contains the paper records (272 linear feet) and digital records (367.1 GB) of the IFP's operations in 22 countries around the world. Local partner organizations managed key aspects of each country's program. Program materials document the recruitment, selection, academic preparation, and monitoring of the Fellows; Alumni programs; publicity efforts; and program evaluations. Files for individual Fellows include their program application, academic history, application for graduate study, and progress reports. See also Series II: Archived Websites for additional materials created by partner organizations. Paper records and a significant quantity of digital materials are only available onsite in the RBML reading room. Some materials in both digital and paper formats are closed until 2075 due to confidentiality and privacy restrictions.

Subseries IV.1: Brazil, 2000-2013

IFP in Brazil, in operation between 2002 and 2009, conducted eight rounds of selection for scholarships in partnership with the Carlos Chagas Foundation. By the time the office closed in 2013, the program graduated 306 IFP Fellows, with 270 providing consent to make a portion of their files accessible. The program in Brazil was developed in the context of an intense, ongoing national debate over affirmative action in higher education, and purposefully targeted social groups underrepresented in graduate schools. The documents are in English and Portuguese.

Subseries IV.2: Chile, 2000-2013

IFP in the Andean Region and Southern Cone (IFP AR and SC), implemented in Chile and Peru, was among the four pilot programs. The program was coordinated by the EQUITAS Foundation and formed its first Fellow cohort in 2001. The total number of Fellows in the IFP AR and SC reached 363 as of February 2013; 271 of the participants consented to provide researchers access to a portion of their files. The documents are in English and Spanish.

Subseries IV.3: China, 2000-2013

IFP in China started in 2001 and selected its last cohort in 2010. The Beijing Office of the Institute of International Education served as the partner institution. The program focused on social groups that lack opportunities to study, including the poor, minorities, women, and people with disabilities. The IFP office in China selected a total of 355 Fellows from 27 provinces, municipalities, and autonomous regions. 238 Fellows gave permission to make a portion of their files accessible to researchers. The documents are in Chinese and English.

Subseries IV.4: Egypt, 2001-2013

The America-Mideast Educational and Training Services (AMIDEAST), located in Cairo, served as the IFP Partner, running the program in Egypt and Palestine from 2001-2013. 172 Egyptians were selected to receive fellowships, including members of village councils, charitable organizations, and grassroots NGOs. 102 Fellows consented to give researchers access to a portion of their files. The documents are in English and Arabic.

Subseries IV.5: Ghana, 2001-2013

IFP in Ghana was coordinated by the Association of African Universities (AAU), headquartered in Accra, Ghana. From 2001 through 2010, 106 Ghanaians were selected for the program. 92 Fellows consented to provide researchers access to a portion of their files. The AAU also coordinated IFP in Nigeria and Senegal. The materials are in English.

Subseries IV.6: Guatemala, 2000-2013

IFP in Guatemala, since its inception in 2001, was managed by the Regional Research Center of Mesoamerica (CIRMA). The program recruited Guatemalans and other Central Americans living in the country from communities with limited access to education. 127 people received fellowships; 92 consented to provided researchers with access to a portion of their files. The materials are in English and Spanish.

Subseries IV.7: India, 2000-2013

IFP launched in India in April 2001, with operations based out of the United States India Educational Foundation (USIEF) in New Delhi. The program aimed to support individuals from disadvantaged groups, including Scheduled Castes and Tribes and those living in geographically remote areas, women, and religious minority groups. After an initial all-India intake, the program concentrated on specific states including Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh. Out of 323 Fellows that participated in the program, 263 consented to provide researchers access to a portion of their files. The documents are primarily in English, with some Hindi.

Subseries IV.8: Indonesia, 2000-2013

The Indonesian International Education Foundation (IIEF) served as the IFP partner in Indonesia, selecting 365 Fellows from 33 provinces between 2002 through 2010. Recipients included people from remote, conflict, and post-conflict areas, as well as indigenous people. Alumni from IFP Indonesia founded the Indonesia Social Justice Network (ISJN) in June 2006 in Jakarta. Meetings of the group have been attended by a number of IFP Alumni from India, Vietnam, Philippines, China, and Thailand. 267 Fellows consented to grant researchers access to a portion of their files. The documents are in English and Indonesian.

Subseries IV.9: Kenya, 2000-2013

IFP in Kenya was hosted by the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), a pan-African non-governmental organization working in 32 African countries to empower girls and women through gender-responsive education. Between 2001-2010 128 Kenyans were selected for fellowships; 100 Fellows consented to grant researchers access to a portion of their files. Alumni of the program joined the IFP Kenya Alumni Association, formed in 2005. The materials are in English.

Subseries IV.10: Mexico, 2000-2013

The Center for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) served as the IFP partner in Mexico. The Institute for International Education (IIE) office for Latin America played an important role in the project as well. The program in Mexico emphasized opportunities for indigenous students. Between 2002 and 2010, 225 people were selected for fellowships; 186 consented to allow partial access to their files. The materials are in English and Spanish.

Subseries IV.11: Mozambique, 2000-2013

IFP in South Africa and Mozambique was coordinated by the Africa-America Institute in South Africa. Between 2002 and 2009, 119 scholarships were granted in Mozambique, with 93 Fellows consenting to provide researchers partial access to their files. The International Fellowships Program Association of Mozambique was founded in December 2009 to support Alumni of the program. Documents are in English and Portuguese.

Subseries IV.12: Nigeria, 2000-2013

IFP in West Africa was coordinated by the Association of African Universities (AAU). The Nigeria component of the program was also facilitated by Pathfinder International, a global non-profit organization headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts. A total of 175 people were selected for scholarships between 2001 and 2010; 82 Fellows consented to grant researchers partial access to their files. The Nigeria IFP Alumni Association also supported Fellows after completion of the fellowship. The documents are predominantly in English.

Subseries IV.13: Palestinian Territories, 2000-2013

America-Mideast Educational and Training Services (AMIDEAST) in Cairo coordinated the IFP in Egypt and Palestine, and supported the Palestine Chapter of the International Fellowships Program Alumni Association (IFPAA). The Palestinian arm of the program initially maintained two local offices (one for West Bank and one for Gaza Strip), but later merged into a single office. 149 Palestinian men and women were selected as IFP Fellows; participants included women activists, village council members, and representatives of charitable organizations, refugee camp committees, and grassroots NGOs. 115 Fellows consented to give researchers partial access to their files. The materials are in English and Arabic.

Subseries IV.14: Peru, 2000-2013

IFP in the Andean Region and Southern Cone (IFP AR and SC), implemented in Chile and Peru, was among the four pilot programs. The program overall was coordianted by the EQUITAS Foundation; the Institute of Peruvian Studies (IEP) assisted in implementation in Peru. Ultimately 176 people were selected for fellowships from Peru. Alumni received support from the Civil Association: Center for Social Development (CENDES), founded in 2005. Out of 363 total Fellows from the IFP AR and SC program, 271 consented to grant researchers partial access to their files. The materials are in English and Spanish.

Subseries IV.15: Philippines, 2000-2012

The Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC) served as the IFP partner in the Philippines. The program selected 222 Fellows; 203 consented to provide researchers partial access to their files. In 2008, program Alumni founded the International Fellowships Program Philippines Alumni Association (IFPPAA) to continue developing socially relevant academic projects. Documents are primarily in in English, with some materials in Tagalog.

Subseries IV.16: Russia, 2000-2012

IFP in Russia was among the four pilot programs. In October of 2000, IFP invited the Moscow office of the Institute of International Education to develop and manage the program, and it was formally launched in November 2001. Recipients were selected by an independent panel of Russian citizens. By the close of the program in 2012, 255 Fellows had been selected representing 77 regions of the Russian Federation. People who resided outside of large metropolitan areas, persons with disabilities, refugees, internally displaced persons, and individuals raised in orphanages or state-supported boarding schools were prioritized for the program. An Alumni Association of IFP in the Russian Federation was established in 2005. 141 Fellows consented to provide researchers with access to a portion of their files. The materials are in English and Russian.

Subseries IV.17: Senegal, 2000-2013

Senegal, along with Ghana and Nigeria, was among the pilot programs that selected its first cohort of Fellows in 2001. IFP in West Africa was coordinated by the Association of African Universities (AAU), headquartered in Accra, Ghana. In Senegal, AAU collaborated with the West African Research Center (WARC) to select 93 Fellows; 79 consented to provide researchers access to a portion of their files. The documents are in English and French.

Subseries IV.18: South Africa, 2000-2013

IFP in South Africa and Mozambique was coordinated by the Africa-America Institute. The program launched in 2002 and its final recruitment drive took place in 2010. Fellows selected typically aspired to work for social justice in their communities, while facing obstacles such as poverty and discrimination in their own lives. Out of 267 Fellows, 110 chose to study in South Africa; the rest pursued studies outside of the country. 182 of the Fellows consented to provide researchers with access to a portion their files. After graduating from the program, Alumni received support from the South Africa Alumni Network. The materials are in English.

Subseries IV.19: Tanzania, 2000-2013

The program in Tanzania was coordinated by the Economic and Social Research Foundation. Tanzanian and East African nationals residing in Tanzania who had not studied outside of Africa were eligible for the scholarship. Between 2001-2010, the program selected 127 Fellows; 121 consented to provide researchers with access to a portion of their files. Alumni of the program founded the Tanzania IFP Alumni Association (TIFPA). The materials are in English.

Subseries IV.20: Thailand, 2000-2013

The Asian Scholarship Foundation (ASF) under the Royal Patronage of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was the IFP partner in Thailand. The program launched in 2003 and utlimately selected a total of 90 Fellows from the Northeast region of the country. The IFP Alumni association in Thailand, IFP THAN, was formed in 2007 to conduct research on issues particular to the Northeast, to expand partnerships, and to make an impact on the community and national levels. 73 of the Fellows consented to open a portion of their files for research. The documents are in English and Thai.

Subseries IV.21: Uganda, 2000-2013

IFP in Uganda launched in 2001, and in 2004 the Association for Higher Education Advancement and Development (AHEAD) came on board as a partner organization. 126 Fellows were selected between 2001-2010; 69 consented to open a portion of their files for research. AHEAD also conducted an IFP-funded two year legacy building project, working with Alumni on social justice activities in their communities. The materials are in English.

Subseries IV.22: Vietnam, 2000-2013

IFP in Vietnam was launched in 2001 and recruited its last cohort in 2010. The program was administered in Hanoi by the Center for Educational Exchange with Vietnam (CEEVN). 266 people were selected for fellowships from 49 provinces and four main cities. 248 Fellows consented to open a portion of their materials for research. Alumni formed the IFP Vietnam Alumni organization. Documents are in English and Vietnamese.

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Using the Collection

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Access Restrictions

Selected digital content, such as publications, the IFP Media Library, and archived Internet sources, are publicly available and searchable online via a dedicated website. Paper records, electronic administrative files, and electronic correspondence are accessible in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library Reading Room. Materials that contain personal and other sensitive information are restricted until 2075.

 Paper records are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the reading room. Please consult the Rare Book and Manuscript Library for further information.

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Restrictions on Use

Some digital materials are only available in the reading room. All copying of these documents must be approved by the Digital Assets Archivist. No self-service copying permitted.

Photocopying, photography, distribution, or publication of paper records is not permitted.

Patrons wishing to use, distribute, or publish personally identifiable information about individual IFP Fellows must first obtain the Fellow's written permission. The responsibility to secure this permission rests with the patron.

The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Paper Record: Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program Records, 2000-2013, Box and Folder (if applicable); Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Digital Records: URI for specific item; Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program Records, 2000-2013; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Selected Related Material--at other institutions

The Rockefeller Archive Center - Ford Foundation Records

The Internet Archive - Ford IFP Archived Website

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Digital records processed in 2013-2016.

Paper records processed in 2015-2016.

Ford IFP staff created restrictions guidelines and contacted IFP Fellows for consent prior to the transfer of the files to RBML. Archivists at RBML are working to ensure that the files were properly sorted into unrestricted and restricted sections based on the consent guidelines provided by Ford IFP.

Finding Aid by Jane Gorjevsky, Annie Tummino, and Celeste Brewer, 2014-2016

First Draft by JG December 12, 2014 Finding aid written in English. Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard
    2014-12-12 xml document instance created by Jane Gorjevsky

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History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) was a decade-long program that offered advanced study opportunities to more than 4,300 social justice leaders from the world’s most vulnerable populations in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Russia. Launched with a grant from the Ford Foundation in 2001, IFP was based on an inclusive higher education model that prioritized social commitment over traditional selection criteria. In addition to academic and leadership potential, candidates were selected from groups and communities who lack systematic access to higher education. These groups included women, indigenous people, people with disabilities, and people from rural areas, among other groups.

A Secretariat in New York managed the program as a whole and set policy guidelines, while partner organizations in 23 countries managed key aspects of the program in each local context. Though IFP was a program supported exclusively by the Ford Foundation, the IFP Secretariat operated as an independent agency called the International Fellowships Fund, Inc., with its own administrative structure and Board of Directors. IFF distributed the funds provided by the Ford Foundation to partner organizations, which in turn distributed the funds to Fellows. IFF also partnered with the Institute of International Education for Fellows’ university placement and financial management support, as well as office space and other administrative support for the staff of the IFP Secretariat.

During a one-year “Fellow-elect” period, IFP provided preparatory training and placement support to Fellows for entrance into universities. Working with local providers, the program offered pre-enrollment training on an as-needed basis in areas such as computer literacy, research skills and academic writing, as well as foreign language study. For about one-third of IFP Fellows, preparatory training continued after arrival at their host universities. During the Fellow-elect period, the selected candidates also received educational advising to help them refine their study objectives, which in turn facilitated their placement in universities.

Throughout their studies, Fellows maintained contact with program staff, submitting progress reports, requesting professional enhancement funds, and communicating about academic and personal issues. Program staff also provided support for “re-entry” into home countries after study was complete, and alumni organizations were often formed for networking and support. At the close of the program, IFP reported that more than 80% of IFP Alumni were living and working in their home countries or regions.

The IFP Secretariat was headed by Executive Director Joan Dassin. Dassin, who had previously served as the Ford Foundation’s Regional Director for Latin America, coordinated the initial design process for IFP beginning in December 1999. She held the position of Executive Director from the date of IFP’s formal launch in April of 2001 to its formal closing in 2013. She also served as IFP’s regional director for Latin America.

Other members of the Secretariat staff included Rob Oppegard (Director of Finance and Administration); Mary Zurbuchen (Director for Asia and Russia); Joyce Malombe (Director for Africa and the Middle East from 2001-2007); Damtew Teferra (Director for Africa and the Middle East from 2007-2009); Barbara Wanasek (Grants Manager); Toby Volkman (Director for Special Projects), Ashok Gurung (program officer) and Rita Soni (Program Associate); Michelle Henry (Administrative Assistant); Alan Divack (Senior Project Manager, Archives and Knowledge Management); Diana Whitten (Director of Communications); Rachel Clift (Communications Officer); Daniel Reisner (Multimedia and Archives Officer); and Adriana Thoen (Administrative Manager).

IFP’s international partners carried out the program in each of the 22 countries in which IFP operated. International partners’ responsibilities included Fellow recruitment and selection, Pre-Academic Training, visa coordination for Fellows studying outside of their home countries, and monitoring Fellows’ academic progress and general well-being during their graduate educations. International partners also helped to support local IFP alumni organizations which began to develop in the mid-2000s. International Partners and the countries in which they carried out IFP are as follows: Carlos Chagas Foundation (CCF), Brazil; La Fundación Equitas (EQUITAS), Chile; Institute of International Education (IIE), China and Russia; America-Mideast Educational and Training Services (AMIDEAST), Egypt and Palestine; Association of African Universities (AAU), Ghana; Center for Research on the Mesoamerica Region (CIRMA), Guatemala; United States Educational Foundation in India (USEFI), India; Indonesian International Education Foundation (IIEF), Indonesia; The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Kenya; Center for Research and Higher Education in Social Anthropology (CIESAS), Mexico; Africa-America Institute (AAI), Mozambique and South Africa; Pathfinder International (PI), Nigeria; Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP), Peru; Philippines Social Science Council (PSSC), Philippines; Association of African Women for Research and Development (AAWORD) and West African Research Center (WARC), Senegal; The Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), Tanzania; Asian Scholarship Foundation (ASF), Thailand; Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) and Association of the Advancement of Higher Education and Development (AHEAD), Uganda; and Center for Educational Exchange with Vietnam (CEEVN), Vietnam.

IFP partnered with additional organizations and individual consultants to carry out projects including Fellow placement and education at universities around the world, program evaluation, the series of Leadership for Social Justice Institutes hosted by IFP between 2002 and 2007, and the development and maintenance of IFP’s information technology infrastructure. These partners include over 100 universities worldwide with whom IFP established what the program referred to as strategic university partnerships (SUPs), based on the universities’ demonstrated ability to support IFP Fellows. Other major partners include the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, which conducted program evaluation and alumni surveys for IFP. Nuffic and the British Council assisted the Institute of International Education in placing Fellows at universities in Spain and Portugal and the United Kingdom, respectively. The Spring International Language Center at the University of Arkansas provided English language training for Fellows who wished to study in the United States and United Kingdom. Finally, the Advocacy Institute and School for International Training played major roles in planning and carrying out IFP’s Leadership for Social Justice Institutes.

IFP staff members recognized the long-term research value of the program’s records, and began working to collect and preserve them well before the program ended. Alan Divack, Senior Project Manager, Archives and Records Management, joined the Secretariat staff in 2008. Divack worked with other IFP staff members and the Board of Directors to identify records with long-term value, develop policies and procedures for gathering and preserving those records, and make arrangements with an archival repository to house the records. The Board of Directors ultimately selected the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University for the latter role.

The Institute of International Education, which worked closely with IFP throughout the program, began a longitudinal study of IFP alumni in 2013 with support from the Ford Foundation. Its first report was released in April 2016. The records of this study will be added to the IFP Records when it concludes in 2023.

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