International Fellowships Program (IFP) | Philippine Scholarship

The International Fellowships Program (IFP) provides opportunities for advanced study to exceptional individuals who will use this education to become leaders in their respective fields, furthering development in their own countries and greater economic and social justice worldwide. Fellows are chosen on the basis of their academic excellence, leadership skills potential and commitment to their community or nation.


The program provides support for up to 3 years of formal graduate level study. Fellows will be selected from countries in Africa and Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Russia where the Foundation maintains active overseas programs.


Fellows may enroll in any of a large number of universities all over the world, including in their country of residence. The program will provide placement assistance to the fellows.


The IFP supports the fellows in undertaking appropriate language study and training in research and computer skills prior to graduate school enrolment.


It provides orientation sessions for the new ones and allows participation in learning and discussion activities of the current fellows for information and exchange networks.


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The IFP is the largest single program ever supported by the Ford Foundation. It is a program of the New York City based International Fellowships Fund.


Once selected, the fellow may enroll in an appropriate university program anywhere in the world, including their country of residence. The program provides placement assistance to those fellows not yet admitted to graduate school.


Because local requirements vary widely among IFP countries, the applicants should carefully follow the specific application guidelines provided by the relevant IFP International Partner organizations, including deadlines for the submission of applications.


The Ford Foundation IFP applicants must be resident nationals of an eligible IFP country or territory. Currently, these are Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam.


All applications must be submitted to the appropriate IFP International Partner in the country or region where the applicant resides. The partners will determine the application deadlines and selection schedules in their specific region.


The applicants may choose to study in any academic discipline or field of study related to asset building and community development, education reform, and human rights.


Asset Building and Community Development

  • Children, Youth and Families
  • Sexuality and Reproductive Health
  • Work-Force Development
  • Development Finance and Economic Security
  • Environment and Development
  • Community Development


Education, Media, Arts and Culture

  • Education Reform
  • Higher Education and Scholarship
  • Religion, Society and Culture
  • Media
  • Arts and Culture


Peace and Social Justice

  • Human Rights
  • International Cooperation
  • Governance
  • Civil Society


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Must be resident nationals of an eligible IFP region or country. Filipino citizen and currently residing in the Philippines.

Has earned a baccalaureate degree with above average grades (B for better or its equivalent)

With at least 3 years of relevant work experience that relates to the proposed graduate study program and to the kind of work or community service that one plans to do after completion of studies

Proposed field of study must be related to 1 of the 12 Ford Foundation grant-making areas

Is not residing and/or working in Metro Manila

Has not previously studied or trained abroad

Is not working nor affiliated with an institution/organization that offers opportunities for an advanced degree

Does not have pending administrative or criminal case




Up to 3 years of study for master’s and doctoral post graduate degrees

Preparatory training

Placement assistance


Encouraged to apply are candidates who belong to the marginalized sectors and communities, including indigenous cultural communities, women and men who live or work in the country’s poorest areas, teachers, artists, LGU and government employees, NGO workers, development workers, among many other who are physically challenged and those with other kinds of socio-economic deprivation.



Submit your application to

The IFP Partner in your area


For the Philippines:

Philippines Social Science Council (PSSC)-Ateneo Social Science Research Center in Naga City administers the fellowship program in the Philippines from initial outreach to selection, through placement, ongoing support and post fellowship activities.


Further reading,


Contact information

Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice

320 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017, USA

Telephone: +1 212 573 5000




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