Throughout our history, we have invested in the individuals, ideas and institutions that make change happen.
Today, against the backdrop of a global pandemic that’s exposing and exacerbating inequality in all its forms, the need is more urgent than ever. To create a more equitable world, we must support emerging leaders from communities closest to the problems—the tenacious individuals with the deepest knowledge of the issues and the boldest ideas for building a brighter future.
We are excited to launch the next chapter in our long history of supporting leaders: the Ford Global Fellowship.
With a $50-million investment over the next 10 years, the Ford Global fellowship aims to connect and support the next generation of social justice leaders who are advancing innovative solutions to end inequality. The program will run for 18 months with an emphasis on shared learning, building and strengthening connections, and developing a supportive, interconnected cohort. Our hope is for the fellowship to serve as a catalyst for the fellows to accelerate the impact of their work, individually and collectively.
In this inaugural year, we welcome 24 extraordinary fellows from four regions—Brazil, East Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, and the United States. And over the next decade, we aim to create a powerful network of 240 fellows from across the globe, covering a multitude of our most pressing issues.