Phasing out of International Fellowships Programme for developing countries
Between 2001 and 2011, the Ford Foundation sponsored scholarships for postgraduate study to candidates from 22 developing countries worldwide. Nuffic managed this prestigious scholarship programme, known as the IFP (the International Fellowships Programme) for continental Europe. Now, it is coming to an end.
The fellows were hand-picked through rigorous selection procedures right in their home communities. They are all highly-talented fellows with well-developed leadership skills within the social justice field. But they are also individuals with a marginalised background, who would otherwise have had little opportunity to study beyond the undergraduate level.
“The IFP experience”
The IFP Secretariat in New York has commissioned several reports that evaluate and document “the IFP experience”. The reports deal with different regions and have the perspective of different stakeholders. All these reports will be part of the overall final report for IFP.
Nuffic is currently writing the final report documenting the IFP experience in continental Europe.
IFP in Spain
Approximately two thirds of the IFP fellows in continental Europe studied in Spain and came from Latin America. And so in early June 2012, Nuffic visited Spain to interview current fellows, staff at some universities, as well as other support offices, such as the lawyer who coordinates the legalisation of the degrees that fellows are awarded after successful completion of their studies in Spain. Similar interviews have been held in the Netherlands.
The final report will include experiences, lessons learned and recommendations. The report is due to be submitted at the end of 2012.