Phelps Stokes has been designing and administering exchange programs throughout its 100-year existence. In 1911, PS invited African educational leaders to the United States to meet with their counterparts in this country. Over the past 100 years, PS has facilitated exchanges between tribal leaders in Africa and in the United States, as well as indigenous peoples throughout the Americas. With funding from the U.S. government as well as from foundations and private sources, PS brought African students to the United States throughout the latter part of the last century to get a university education and return home to take up leadership roles in their newly independent nations.
In 1985, Phelps Stokes began its affiliation with the International Visitor Leadership Program, now run by the U.S. Department of State, and continues its work as a valued private sector partner in the design and implementation of carefully crafted educational and cultural programs for thousands of emerging leaders in science, government, media, law, academia, non-profits, and business worldwide.