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The Ford Foundation Fellowship in Impact Investing

The Ford Foundation Fellowship in Impact Investing

The Ford Foundation Fellowship in Impact Investing permits a Fellow to spend a year in residence with the Ford Foundation’s Mission Investments team in New York, working with the team to conduct investment fund manager due diligence; prepare presentations and investment committee materials; draft articles, papers, and reports; evaluate trends in the impact investment landscape; research opportunities in the philanthropic sector to expand the impact investing field; and provide general portfolio and project management support. The Impact Investing Fellow will report directly to an Investment Officer on the Mission Investments team.

Application Deadline

March 29, 2024

Responsibilities, including but not limited to:

  • Engage in and support investment due diligence activities, including meeting with fund managers and investors, and recordkeeping
  • Produce investment memos on investment funds, including financial and social impact analysis
  • Assist in investment portfolio operational matters such as information collection, monitoring of investment performance, and tracking of impact investment opportunities
  • Contribute to in-depth assessments of topical impact issue areas to understand the investment landscape
  • Research the impact investing landscape in the Ford Foundation’s global footprint: Africa, China, India, Indonesia and other parts of southeast Asia, Latin America, the Middle East
  • Conduct research for, and produce drafts of articles, papers and reports
  • Conduct research on industry and sector trends
  • Prepare presentations for Trustee meetings, external audiences and on impact investment themes
  • Remain abreast of industry trends, regulatory matters, best practices, and market events with respect to operational due diligence
  • Support team communications and learning


  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience, with a minimum of 1 year of professional experience
  • Commitment to social justice and impact investing
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills
  • Proven aptitude for quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • At least one year of experience in banking, investments, management consulting, investment research, or a field that involves significant analytical work or a more experienced professional exploring a transition to a career in impact investing
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office (i.e., Word, PowerPoint and Excel)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two years’ experience
  • Basic understanding of impact investing, and or Environmental, Social & Governance framework


The Ford Foundation is committed to practicing salary transparency. The minimum salary for this position is $84,000 and the maximum is $97,000.


This position is based in the foundation’s New York office. We operate in a hybrid model and require staff to be in the office three days per week.

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