The John D. Rockefeller 3RD Scholars (JDR3) Program promotes independent, social science research and strengthens analytic skills in young professionals by giving grants to multi-disciplinary, applied research teams. Research themes focus on development challenges facing disadvantaged groups, including women, youth, ethnic minorities, and low-income groups.
The JDR3 Program proudly builds on the work of the Agricultural Development Council between 1954 and 1985.
Watch this new video, which celebrates the legacy of the Agricultural Development Council, one of Winrock’s founding organizations, and of the JDR III Scholars program, which continues that legacy.
The Agricultural Development Council (A/D/C), established in 1954 by John D. Rockefeller 3RD, provided graduate-level fellowships to outstanding students from 16 Asian countries.
During its 31 years of operation, the A/D/C supported advanced degree studies of 588 men and women. Most attended universities in the United States; a few studied in Europe and Australia. The A/D/C also strengthened local academic institutions, sponsored conferences, and supported research initiatives.
The A/D/C was successful in identifying scholars with a deep commitment to serving their countries; more than 90 percent of A/D/C fellows returned home to assume leadership positions in academia, government and the private sector.
In 1985, the A/D/C merged with two other Rockefeller family-related organizations to become Winrock International. In 2004, on the 50th anniversary of the A/D/C, Winrock created the John D. Rockefeller 3RD Scholars Program to recognize Rockefeller’s lifelong contributions to international development and cooperation.
Today many A/D/C scholars continue to play important roles in rural development. If you were an A/D/C Fellow, or a Winrock Scholar in Asia, we want to reconnect with you.
Photos courtesy of the Rockefeller Archives Center