Ford Global Fellowship
In 2020, we created the Ford Global Fellowship, a unique program that builds on all we’ve learned throughout our decades of supporting individuals around the world. Our aim is to build a cohort of promising leaders working to address inequality and give them the space and support to learn and grow together over 18 months. The 10-year program will bring together 240 fellows from every region in which we work and give them the support to work better, faster and deeper.
When it launched in 1962, the Ford Fellows program supported burgeoning efforts to build a more equitable higher education system, awarding fellowships to deserving young scholars from traditionally underrepresented groups to enable them to reach the highest levels of academia. The program, which continues today, has become one of America’s most prestigious and successful fellowship initiatives. Distinguished alumni include Juliet García, president of the University of Texas-Brownsville; KT McFarland, US deputy national security advisor; Condoleezza Rice, former US secretary of state; and Cornel West, civil rights activist and renowned author.
International Fellowships Program
Launched in 2001, the International Fellowships Program was a $280-million commitment—one of the largest ever made by the foundation—to advance the education of social justice leaders across the globe. Over its 12 years, more than 4,300 fellows from 22 countries completed a graduate or post-graduate program. Today, its alumni are working to improve their communities and make their mark in their respective countries—holding public office, heading international and government agencies, building civil society organizations, and mobilizing grassroots campaigns to defend the rights of all people.
Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows
In 2015, we launched a fellowship in partnership with the Mozilla Foundation to build the field of public interest technology and advance the movement to keep the internet a global public resource accessible to all. It was a landmark initiative to create a worldwide community of public interest technologists, who offer both technical expertise and a social justice lens, to protect the free, open web from emerging threats. The fellowship has evolved over the years to address issues at the nexus of technology and social justice and ensure technology advances, rather than undermines, equality and justice.
Disability Futures Fellows
Funded by the Ford Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Disability Futures is an 18-month initiative administered by United States Artists that aims to increase the visibility of disabled creative practitioners across disciplines and geography and elevate their voices individually and collectively. Through the fellowship, the foundations will support 20 disabled creative practitioners whose work advances the cultural landscape.