Gerald Ford will return to Washington this week for the first time since he left office and meet privately with President Carter in the Oral Office.

The former President, who now lives in Palm Springs, will spend the week in New York and Washington at a series of seminars, receptions and political meetings. Ford will meet today in New York with 21 Eisenhower exchange fellows, who are young policy makers from foreign countries spendin several weeks in the United States to observe developments in their professional fields.

Ford accepted the presidency of the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships three days after he left the White House.

Ford will fly to Washington on Thursday ith his wife. Betty, for a series of meetings at the American Enterprises Institute, where he also is a fellow.

The former President and his wife will have dinner the same evening with old friend. William G. Whyte, chief lobbyist for U.S. Steel. Ford's scheduled to play golf at Burning Tree Club on Saturday in a foursome of his legal counsel, Dean Burch, former Defense Secretary Melvin R. Laird and Whyte.

Ford will meet Friday in a private session with the Republican congressional leadership on Capitaol Hill, then stop by the Republican National Committee for a talk with GOP National Chairman Bill Brock.

The former President is scheduled to spend 30 minutes with Carter, beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday. Since Ford left Washington after Carter's inauguration on Jan. 20, he has declined to criticize his successor, saying that the new President deserved an opportunity to develop his policies and programs.

Ford is scheduled to return to Palm Springs on Saturday after a breakfast meeting with reporters, the golf game and a reception honoring his former running mate, Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas.