The Ford Program supports faculty, graduate, and undergraduate research examining the causes and consequences of poverty. The program places special emphasis on community-based scholarship that confronts difficult research questions and seeks solutions to real-world problems. We work through the well-established programs of the Kellogg Institute in addition to offering opportunities directly through the Ford Program. Essential components of our research pillar include:
Offering graduate and undergraduate research grants through the Kellogg Institute. (See past Ford internships here.)
Sponsoring an annual student conference on human development, which offers students the opportunity to present original research to their peers
Inviting experts from around the world for visiting fellowships in human development studies
Research is central to the mission of the Ford Program and critical to the success of our community partnerships. We recognize that our primary contribution to the study of human development must be to learn from our community engagement praxis and share these lessons with scholars, students, public servants, and conscientious citizens devoted to fighting extreme poverty.
At the same time, we must respect the dignity and privacy of our local partners and strive to avoid research fatigue. We must develop research projects in dialogue with local communities and ensure they are designed to address the real-world challenges regularly confronted by these communities.