Durban: A South African academic has become one of six academics selected for a Ford Foundation International Fellowship Archive Research Award.
Mr Rajendran Thangavelu Govender, is presently working at the KZN Department Of Arts & Culture – is the only candidate from Africa and will be based at the Columbia University, New York during the summer of 2016 between June to September.
His research will be aimed at a programme to develop Academic Leadership and social justice in ten African countries which is administered by the Ford Foundation International Fellowship Programme.
He will present his findings at a Symposium to held at Columbia University on September 8, 2016.
About the Ford Foundation
The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) was a decade-long program that offered advanced study opportunities to more than 4,300 social justice leaders from the world’s most vulnerable populations in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Russia.
Launched with a grant from the Ford Foundation in 2001, IFP was based on an inclusive higher education model that prioritized social commitment over traditional selection criteria. In addition to academic and leadership potential, candidates were selected from groups and communities that lack systematic access to higher education. These groups included women, indigenous people, and fellows from rural areas. The vast majority of IFP alumni returned home after their fellowships, and report positive local impacts from their work.
For these individuals, the IFP experience was not primarily a path to career enhancement; rather, it was the beginning of a new stage in their efforts to foster social change, one community at a time.