IFP Field of Study

IFP Fellows may choose to study in any academic discipline or field of study related to the Ford Foundation's three grant-making areas, which are:

A. Asset Building and Community Development

The Asset Building and Community Development program helps strengthen and increase the effectiveness of people and organizations working to find solutions to problems of poverty and injustice. We support people who are building human, social, financial and environmental assets that enable people and communities to exert control over their lives and to participate in their societies in meaningful and effective ways.

Examples of Study Fields

1. Environment and Development
  • Environmental Studies
  • Rural Sociology
  • Agricultural/Botanical Sciences
  • Urban/Regional Planning
  • Development/Resource Economics
  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Forestry
  • Resource
  • Conservation/Management
  • Extension Education
2. Community Development
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Economics
  • Public Administration/ Policy
  • Social Work
  • Communications/Journalism
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Business/Management
  • Gender and Development
  • Geography
  • Agricultural/Environmental Economics
3. Development Finance and Economic Security
  • Development Economics
  • Financial Services/Banking
  • Micro Enterprise Development
  • International Economics/Trade
  • Public Policy
  • Social Work/Services
  • Business/Management
4. Work-Force Development
  • Human Resources Development
  • Public Policy
  • Labor Relations/Law
  • Adult Education/Counseling
  • Vocational Training
  • Occupational Health/Safety
  • Development Studies
  • International Economics/Trade

B. Peace and Social Justice

Peace is a precondition for the full achievement of the Foundationís mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement. Armed conflict destroys not only human lives but also livelihoods, governments, civil institutions, trustó in short, everything in its wake. Social justice is the aspiration of all healthy societies and the only long-term guarantee for sustaining peace. Policy, civic participation and the law are the principal strategies used by the Peace and Social Justice program.

Examples of Study Fields

1. Human Rights
  • Law (International, Constitutional, Labor, etc.)
  • Human Rights
  • International Relations/Public Policy
  • Gender Studies
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Migration Studies
  • Globalization Studies
2. Governance & Civil Society
  • Public Administration/Policy
  • International Economics/Trade
  • Law
  • Public Finance
  • Community Services
  • Political Science Organizational
  • Development
  • Non-profit Sector Studies
  • Advocacy Studies
  • Globalization Studies
  • Communications/Journalism

C. Knowledge, Creativity and Freedom

The Knowledge, Creativity and Freedom program works globally to advance achievement in the arts, education and scholarship as well as a positive understanding of sexuality. It also seeks to promote the media and religion as forces for democracy in a range of cultural contexts. This body of work, recognizes that knowledge and creativity are central to the richness of peopleís lives and the progress of communities. It also affirms the importance of freedom to think and act critically, originally and responsibly in facilitating the building of more just and pluralistic societies.

Examples of Study Fields

1. Education and Scholarship
  • Area/International Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology of Knowledge
  • Education Finance/Policy Reform
  • Teacher Training
  • Curriculum/Instructional Design
  • Language Education/Sociolinguistics
  • Educational Research/Development
3. Religion, Society and Culture
  • Comparative Religion/Theology
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Gender Studies
  • Philosophy/Ethics
4. Media
  • Journalism (Print/Broadcast)
  • Communications Studies
  • Publishing
  • Media Technology
  • Information Science/Management
  • Public Policy
  • Law
5. Arts & Culture
  • Conservation/Historic Preservation
  • Archaeology
  • Museology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Performance Studies
  • Theater Arts
  • Archiving & Documentation
  • Musicology/Ethnomusicology
  • Arts Administration/Management
  • Critical Studies
  • Folklore/Folk Culture Studies
  • Art History
  • Languages & Literature

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