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.

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.