How to apply:

The 2018 92Y Ford Motor Company Fund International Fellowship is now accepting applications from community leaders who are living and working in Brazil – the 2018 participating country.  Applications for the class of 2018 are now closed. Accepted fellows will be notified in January 2018.

The week-long program takes place from March 5 – March 9, 2018 in São Paulo (Fellows will need to arrive by March 4th). Airfare, accommodation, food, transportation, instruction, and other program-related expenses are included in the Fellowship. The Fellowship is free to accepted participants.

Over the course of five days, Fellows will receive hands-on training, access to workshops with international experts, and a comprehensive curriculum that will give them the skills they need to grow their organization's operations and impact in Brazil. They will also join a network of peers working on similar issues and challenges in Brazil, and will become part of the larger global network of Ford Fellows.

In order to be eligible for this fellowship, the applicant must be:  

  • at least 21 years old (by Jan 1, 2018)
  • fluent in Portuguese and English (the program will be mostly conducted in English)
  • living and working in the 2018 Ford Fellowship country, Brazil

A successful applicant must demonstrate that they are:  

  • a community leader engaged in the nonprofit sector, either professionally or as a volunteer
  • successfully addressing issues that affect the community’s well-being
  • experienced working in the nonprofit sector (3-5 years+ preferred)
  • interested in and would benefit from an immersive one-week nonprofit management training course in São Paulo

This annual fellowship is funded by the Ford Motor Company Fund and organized by 92nd Street Y to provide education and support to community leaders engaged in the nonprofit sector. To date, 333 individuals from 74 countries have received the Ford Motor Company Fund International Fellowship, which is now in its seventeenth year. Previous Ford Fellows include:  

  • a Ugandan director of an orphanage for children affected by war and HIV/AIDS
  • the president of a Jewish aid society facilitating Bosnia-Herzegovina’s transition to democracy
  • a sustainable development expert from Zimbabwe
  • the founder of an Indian organization that educates women and children working in the silk industry
  • an Indonesian advocate for ethnic minorities

Please disseminate this information to candidates you think would be interested in applying.


Interested in learning more about the program or how to apply for the 2019 program?  Contact our team for more information and to set up a time to talk!