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Irvine, CA | September 28, 2014

The Ford Foundation Fellowship Program reached its 50th Anniversary in 2012 and at that time launched a bi-annual Conference of Senior Ford Fellows. This year will mark the second Conference of Senior Ford Fellows which will be hosted at the Beckman Center of the National Academies in Irvine, CA.

2014 Conference Theme: “Vision and Strategies for Transforming the Academy”

General Description: The Conference of Senior Ford Fellows engages senior Ford Fellows and other leading scholars in sharing their expertise, strategies, challenges and insights on transforming the academy. It offers opportunities to connect, and re-connect, with other senior Ford Fellows, to network with colleagues, and to participate in interactive professional development sessions. Highlights of the 2014 Conference of Senior Ford Fellows include the following sessions:
  • The Academy is not Post-Racial”: Transforming the Institutional Culture
  • Confronting Un/Conscious Bias at Senior Levels
  • Moving Forward, Moving On: Timing, Negotiation and Objectives in Transitioning Your Academic Position
  • #GettingTheMessageOut: Public Sphere Writing and Speaking
  • “So You Think You Can Retire?”: Managing Your Financial Future
These sessions are designed to address important issues in career and professional development, and leadership relevant to post-tenure and mid-career level Ford Fellows.

Click here to view the Draft Agenda. In addition to these activities, a reception for Conference of Senior Ford Fellows attendees will be held on Saturday, September 27th at 6:00 PM at the Beckman Center of the National Academies.

Registration & Hotel Information:

Registration for the 2014 Conference of Senior Ford Fellows is now open. Please click here to register for this event. The deadline for registration will be August 1, 2014.

There will be no registration fees and all costs of the meeting itself will be covered by the Ford Foundation. Participants will be responsible for their own travel and hotel costs.
Senior Ford Fellows who are participating as volunteers at the 2014 Conference of Ford Fellows may arrange to extend their stay at the Ford Fellows Conference hotel, but will be required to pay separately for the additional nights(s).

Questions may be directed to the Fellowships Travel Office at 202.334.2909 or