This collection highlights reports, case studies, and other resources from Scholarships for Change, a project from Candid created with the support of the Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The goal of Scholarships for Change was to explore and track how private and community foundation donors use scholarships as a force to accelerate the broader change they hope to see around the world. It pulled together data and knowledge to tell the story of how philanthropic dollars support transformative scholarships and guide funders in the practice of scholarship grantmaking.

Scholarships for Change was sunset in 2023. The resources continue to be accessible here, but this collection is no longer actively curated.

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Leading Change

September 16, 2019

This GrantCraft case study, developed for Candid's Scholarships for Change portal (scholarshipsforchange.org), explores Ford Foundation's International Fellowships Program, a 10-year initiative that began in 2001. After a long, productive history in scholarship support, the Ford Foundation mobilized professional development of social justice leaders from vulnerable and under-represented communities around the world. 

Leveraging Higher Education to Promote Social Justice: Evidence from the IFP Alumni Tracking Study

March 1, 2019

The fifth report from Ford Foundation's 10-year tracking study of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP), Leveraging Higher Education to Promote Social Justice: Evidence from the IFP Alumni Tracking Study finds that IFP alumni are prepared to confront social injustices and have received promotions in their careers as a result of participating in the program.Study results showed that responding IFP alumni believed that IFP helped them develop personal and professional attributes that have helped them achieve career success and combat social injustices. Nearly 84 percent of responding alumni said they were employed, while 89 percent received a promotion at work that they attributed to IFP, and 83 percent are currently in leadership positions. In total, 1,284 alumni from 22 countries responded to the survey, representing 33 percent of the IFP population.

All around the world – Higher education equity policies across the globe

November 1, 2018

Available data show that participation in higher education continues to be unequal from a social background perspective. Research produced by UNESCO in 2016, looking across 76 mainly low-income countries, found that only 1% of the poorest 25-29-year old had completed at least four years of higher education, compared to 20% of the richest. Furthermore, disparities in access to higher education are amplified by inequalities in success by social background during the course of studies. Addressing these inequalities will require sustained policy commitment at the national, regional and global level. However, there is limited information available on the present state of policy focus on these equity aspects.Against this background, the main aim of this study is to assess the nature and extent ofpolicy commitments of national governments to address inequalities in access and success inhigher education. The study also analyzes the equity promotion policies of relevantmultilateral and regional agencies involved in providing policy advice, technical assistanceand financial support.

Social Justice and Sustainable Change : The Impacts of Higher Education

May 1, 2016

The report shares the results of the 2015 Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) Global Alumni Survey, the first round of global data collection to occur during the course of tracking study. The findings reflect the responses of 1,861 IFP alumni from 22 different countries, capturing 43% of the program population. Findings from the report can be used to drive programmatic and policy decisions and shed light on research that supports the need for widening access to higher education in an effort to combat social inequality. Social Justice and Sustainable Change shows that funding the post-graduate academic pursuits of emerging social justice leaders from marginalized groups leads to significant, measurable benefits for communities and organizations in their countries and throughout the world.

Pathways to Higher Education

February 29, 2008

Presents case studies from Ford's initiative to support efforts to transform universities abroad to enable poor, minority, and otherwise underrepresented students to obtain a university degree. Outlines selected best practices from grantees.