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Fox Fellowship Program Expands to Ghana

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The University of Ghana has become the newest partner institution to join the Fox International Fellowships. In an agreement signed by Yale University President Peter Salovey and the University of Ghana Vice Chancellor Ernest Aryeetey at a conference about economic development in Africa, the University of Ghana became the 13th university to partner with Yale through the Fox Fellowships.

“Our partnership with the University of Ghana will help Yale deepen its connection to Africa,” said Ian Shapiro, the Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center, where the Fox Fellowship program is headquartered. “This collaboration will help expand Yale’s efforts related to Africa, and create research opportunities for faculty and students both here at Yale and at the University of Ghana.”

The University of Ghana is the oldest and largest of the 13 Ghanaian universities and tertiary institutions. It was founded in 1948 as the University College of the Gold Coast, and was originally an affiliate college of the University of London that supervised its academic programs and awarded degrees. It gained full university status in 1961 and now has nearly 40,000 students.

The Fox International Fellowships, established in 1988, organizes graduate student exchanges between Yale University and leading universities in 13 countries. The Program identifies and further develops outstanding young men and women, both in the United States and abroad, whose leadership potential in a range of fields should enable them to contribute to peace and prosperity in the world. There are more than 540 Fox Fellowship alumni throughout the world, among them heads of business and philanthropic organizations, lawyers, journalists and scholars.

Initially, the fellowships supported graduate student exchanges between Yale and Moscow State University (Russia). In addition to the new institution, the program includes similar arrangements with Sydney Sussex College at Cambridge University (England), the Freie University of Berlin (Germany), Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (France), Fudan University (China), the University of Tokyo (Japan), El Colegio de Mexico (Mexico), Jawaharlal Nehru University (India), Boğaziçi University (Turkey), Tel Aviv University (Israel), University of Cape Town (South Africa), and University of São Paulo (Brazil). It now also includes students who have just completed their undergraduate education, and who show extraordinary promise. The Fox Fellows’ fields of study reflect the areas around which many of the world's major decisions revolve: law, economics, finance, business, political science, international relations, contemporary history, and now environmental studies.

Fellows from Yale spend a year at a partner university, while Fellows from each partner university spend a year at Yale. As Fox Fellows, they have full use of the resources of the host university, allowing them to undertake research, work with faculty, utilize archives and library resources, audit courses, travel domestically for research purposes, and engage the larger community as “citizen ambassadors.” All Fellows, both incoming and outgoing, are fully funded.