Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Matteo Ricci Fellowship

Matteo Ricci Fellowships are designed to attract into the IPED Program highly qualified applicants currently active in international relations. To be considered for a Ricci Fellowship, applicants must be employed and nominated by a United Nations Agency, a New York based Consulate, a Country Mission to the United Nations, American government agencies with international responsibilities or an international non governmental  organization. Ricci Fellowships can cover from 50% to 100% of tuition costs and, unlike other financial aid recipients, Ricci Fellows may be part-time students.

Full-time students can complete the IPED M.A. degree within three semesters, while part-time students can complete the degree within two full academic years (including 2 summers). To be considered for a fellowship, applicants must submit a formal application including three letters of recommendation, general aptitude scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and transcripts of previous undergraduate and graduate courseware. International students must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). If you are in the New York City area, then Fordham's Institute of American Language and Culture can test your English language proficiency in place of the TOEFL.  The Institute is located at 33 West 60th Street in Manhattan and an appointment for English language testing can be arranged by calling them at 212 636-6353.  For Ricci Fellowship applicants, one of the letters of recommendation must be a letter of nomination from their employer indicating how their training at Fordham will benefit the nominating organization. To guarantee that your application for the Ricci Fellowship will be considered for the following Fall Semester, it must be complete and in Fordham's Admissions Office by early January.

For additional information, please contact the IPED Office at:

International Political Economy and Development Program
Fordham University
Bronx, New York 10458
(718) 817-4064

The Ricci Fellowship honors the memory of the Reverend Matteo Ricci, SJ.  Father Ricci was the first Jesuit to enter China in the 1600s. He became a great defender of Chinese culture and values and argued that Christianity and Confucianism were reconcilable. He was eventually appointed to the Emperor's court in Beijing and was able to introduce a number of Western innovations in mathematics and science into Chinese society. He remains a leading figure in cross-cultural understanding.

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