Nigeria

The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program in West Africa was coordinated by the Association of African Universities (AAU) headquartered in Accra, Ghana, the apex organization and forum for consultation, exchange of information and co-operation among institutions of higher education in Africa.

Archival video from the collection

The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program in West Africa was coordinated by the Association of African Universities (AAU) headquartered in Accra, Ghana, the apex organization and forum for consultation, exchange of information and co-operation among institutions of higher education in Africa. The Nigerian component of the program was also facilitated by Pathfinder International, a global non-profit organization with headquarters in Watertown, Massachusetts that focuses on reproductive health, family planning, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, and related health services. Pathfinder managed the program in Nigeria by supporting the process of recruitment, selection and preparation for studies abroad; it also provided ongoing monitoring and support for a total of 175 Fellows, selected between 2001 and 2010. Upon their return, the Fellows joined the Nigeria IFP Alumni Association.

The Nigerian Office sent in 11.25 linear feet of paper records in May 2013, before it closed its doors in June of the same year. 13.0 GB of digital materials arrived in October 2013. The materials include administrative program files, fellow files, audiovisual materials and archived websites. 82 Fellows gave their consent to granting researchers access to their files. The documents are in English.