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New Global Education Policy Program Announced


The Institute for Higher Education Policy today announced a new initiative called the Global Policy Fellows Program to further postsecondary education opportunities for historically disadvantaged populations. 

The three-year program is for early-career research and policy professionals and helps provide a learning experience for individuals who want to improve postsecondary education policies around the world.

There is a glaring need for more and better policies that can enhance access and success to students, says IHEP President Jamie P. Merisotis.

“The imperative of higher education as an essential component of economic and social development is now a given in most nations,” says Merisotis. “The Global Policy Fellows Program represents a unique opportunity to train the next generation of policy analysts and leaders who will be critical to the expansion of higher education opportunities around the world.”

The program’s inaugural curriculum is scheduled to begin next year and aims to foster collaboration on policy work around the globe, according to a press release from the institute. Admissions and testing, science and technology, higher education finance, infrastructure capacity, privatization and higher education preparation are some of the potential areas of study. 

With support from the Ford Foundation, the chosen participants receive a $2,500 annual stipend per year and travel allowance for required meetings in South Africa and Washington, D.C. 

Once chosen, participants will work in teams with colleagues from their home countries as well as participants from other countries. First-year participants include residents and citizens from Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Mongolia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine and the United States. 

To apply for GPFP, candidates should complete an online application available at

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