The IFP program in Guatemala, since its inception in 2001, was under technical and administrative management of the Regional Research Center of Mesoamerica (CIRMA), an IFP international partner. One of CIRMA's key objectives is to support programs to facilitate wider access of the Guatemalan population to education. The IFP program in the country was directed at Guatemalans and Central Americans, living in the country, who belonged to social groups and communities with limited access to education and had a history of working for the development of Guatemala. Recipients were selected based on their leadership potential, social commitment of their careers, as well as academic excellence. Between 2001 and 2010, 127 Guatemalans received IFP scholarships to complete graduate studies. The CIRMA also ran the monitoring program, which included support in the search for top universities around the world, strengthening and remedial education prior to starting graduate studies, counseling sessions, as well as participation in learning activities and discussions designed for sharing experiences with large and diverse audiences. Currently, the program supports the creation of a network of scholars, generating opportunities for dialogue, discussion and reflection on topics linked to the various disciplines and areas of intervention in the national context. CIRMA continues to maintain the site of the IFP Guatemala Alumni Association (www.ifpguatemala.org).
The full set of digital materials from Guatemala office was never delivered to the archive; the digital records in the collection all come from the 281 MB sample, received in February 2013. Materials represent administrative records of the office; documents dealing with recruitment, selection, and monitoring of the Fellows; reports and other materials relating to publicity and advertising. The 8.75 linear feet of paper records arrived in July 2013. 92 Fellows gave their consent to granting researchers access to their files. The materials are in English and Spanish.