The John D. Rockefeller 3RD Scholars Program is a grant-making initiative that supports applied research on pressing natural resource and agricultural challenges facing Asia’s rural poor. The JDR 3RD Scholars Program proudly builds on the work of the Agricultural Development Council between 1954 and 1985.
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