News & Announcements

  • Funding Opportunities for Academic Exchange with Germany

    The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has funding available for long-term research or study abroad in Germany. Under an arrangement with the DAAD, Georgetown University is able to designate two candidates who will be considered within a prioritized pool. The deadline to apply for consideration as a priority candidate is October 12. If you are a Georgetown student interested in studying or conducting research in Germany, please review our website for eligibility information and details about the application process.

    This opportunity for academic exchange with Germany goes both ways, and this year we are thrilled to have German student Clara Cramer attending Georgetown’s Master of Science in Foreign Service program.

    Clara Cramer
    DAAD Scholarship Recipient to Georgetown University
    MSFS ’22

    “I was looking for a graduate program that constitutes an ideal combination of theory and practice, that would provide me with a better understanding of the global interdependence of politics, economics and society, and simultaneously equip me with the practical tools needed to mitigate the conflicts that often result from the interaction of those three fields. With the Master of Science in Foreign Service, including Georgetown University’s ideal location, the program’s impressive faculty and the opportunity to specialize in my specific field of interest in ‘Global Politics & Security’, I was convinced to have found this exact program.

    To me, a graduate degree from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service constitutes the ideal next step towards ultimately reaching the career goal described above; specifically, I wish to pursue a career within NATO or the European External Action Service in order to be directly involved in the resolution of interstate conflicts.”

    Please contact with any questions about these opportunities.

  • Call for Applications: The Mistletoe Research Fellowship

    The Momental Foundation is now accepting applications to the Mistletoe Research Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year! Accepted fellows will receive funding by early October. The application is available via the online portal on their website and applications will be accepted starting Monday, August 17 through Friday, September 4, 2020.

    Given the compressed 2020 application cycle, the Momental Foundation strongly recommends starting your application and soliciting recommendations early, as well as submitting prior to the deadline to ensure the best chance.

    The Mistletoe Research Fellowship offers a unique career and funding opportunity to postdoctoral scholars and PhD candidates by combining $10,000 in unrestricted research funding with professional development training via remote entrepreneurial collaboration. All Mistletoe Research Fellows participate in two programs designed to build communication and project management skills.that will help them to succeed and work more effectively with outside collaborators, whether they seek industry careers or to pursue a position in academia:

    • The Unfettered Research Grant: Provides fellowship recipients with USD $10,000 of unrestricted research funding that can be applied to almost any university-approved research-related activity, including conference travel.
    • The MRF Startup Collaboration: An extracurricular professional training program in which Research Fellows join remote interdisciplinary teams and learn to apply their scholarship and expertise to help frontier technology startups to further the development of products with high social impact and humanitarian potential.

  • Michigan Society of Fellows Announces 2021-2024 Fellowships in the Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Professions

    See below for the announcement from the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies regarding their 2021-2024 Fellowships in the Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Professions:

    The Michigan Society of Fellows was founded in 1970 through grants from the Ford Foundation and Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies for the purpose of promoting academic and creative excellence in the humanities, the arts, the social, physical, and life sciences, and in the professions.  The objective of the Society is to provide financial and intellectual support for individuals holding advanced degrees in their fields, who are selected for their outstanding achievement, professional promise, and interdisciplinary interests.

    Candidates should be near the beginning of their professional careers. Those selected for fellowships must have received the Ph.D. degree or comparable artistic or professional degree between June 1, 2018, and September 1, 2021.  Fellows are appointed as Assistant Professors in appropriate departments and as Postdoctoral Scholars in the Michigan Society of Fellows. They are expected to be in residence in Ann Arbor during the academic years of the fellowship, to teach for the equivalent of one academic year, to participate in the informal intellectual life of the Society, and to devote time to their independent research or artistic projects.  This is not an artist-in-residence program but rather an opportunity to develop one’s work in conversation with fellows from a range of disciplines during the three years of the fellowship. We seek a diverse and international pool of applicants and especially welcome candidates from underrepresented backgrounds.  Applications from degree candidates and recipients of the Ph.D. or comparable artistic or professional degree from the University of Michigan will not be considered.

    Applications will be reviewed by Society members and University faculty. Final selections will be made in late January 2021.  The
    annual stipend will be $60,000.

    The online application is available at:


    Application Deadline:  September 15, 2020

  • 2020-21 ACLS Fellowship & Grant Competitions

    The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has announced that its 2020-21 competitions with fall deadlines are now open and accepting applications.

    ACLS offers fellowship and grant programs that promote research across the full spectrum of humanities and humanistic social science fields and support scholars at all stages of their careers, from the advanced graduate student level onward.

    Learn more about ACLS Fellowship & Grant Program application processes and eligibility criteria.

    September 30, 2020, 9 pm EDT
    *ACLS Fellowships (in 2020-21, for nontenured scholars who earned the PhD within eight years of the application deadline)
    *Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships

    October 28, 2020, 9 pm EDT
    *Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art
    *Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art
    *Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs – Fellowships for Scholars
    *Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
    *Mellon/ACLS Scholars and Society Fellowships

    November 2, 2020, 9 pm EST
    *Luce/ACLS Early Career Fellowships in China Studies

    November 11, 2020, 9 pm EST
    *Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs – Collaborative Programming Grants

    November 16, 2020, 9 pm EST
    *The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
    *The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
    *The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
    *The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Grants for Critical Editions and Scholarly Translations

    December 4, 2020, 9 pm GMT
    *African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships

    December 15, 2020, 9 pm EST
    *ACLS Digital Extension Grants

    January 8, 2021, 9 pm EST
    *The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorships in Buddhist Studies

    March 2021 (TBD)
    *ACLS Leading Edge Fellowships for recent PhDs

  • Call for Faculty: Join the Graduate Research Steering Committee

    The Graduate Research Steering Committee is currently accepting new members. This faculty committee reviews applications from graduate students, and in some cases postdoctoral fellows, on internal competitions and external submissions requiring institutional nomination or endorsement. Tenure-track, tenured, or FTNTL faculty are eligible.

    Each committee member is asked to serve a two-year term (September 1, 2020-May 31, 2022), with individual members called upon to serve as reviewers for internal programs once or twice per semester, depending on the availability of funds; graduate student teaching awards in late winter/early spring; and institutional limited submissions as needed. In some cases, the full committee may be called upon to review a special program, policy change, or institutional proposal. The workload is manageable, and I do my best to spread out the assignments so that no one is overburdened. With the current travel moratorium, our internal travel grants have been put on hold so the fall 2020 workload will be lighter than usual.

    In past years, the Committee has reviewed applications for funding opportunities ranging from external awards like the ARCS Scholar Awards and the Edwin J. Beinecke, Jr. Scholarship for International Studies to internal awards such as the Harold N. Glassman Distinguished Dissertation Awards and GradGov Research Project Awards. Students across the university apply for these opportunities, so we are looking for diversity in disciplinary representation among members.

    If you have any questions or are interested in serving, please email Katie Li ( by August 21.

  • Announcing the 2020 ARCS Scholar and Fellows

    Georgetown University is pleased to have three doctoral students named as ARCS Chapter Scholars or Endowed Fellows for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Metropolitan Washington Chapter of the ARCS Foundation has played a vital role in sustaining and enhancing scientific study at the university through its generous support of graduate education and research in the STEM fields since 1973. These awards provide $15,000 per year to doctoral students engaged in rigorous scientific study leading to the completion of a research-based dissertation. Congratulations to the students listed below!

    Chapter Scholar
    Megan Barefoot, M.D./Ph.D. Candidate in Tumor Biology

    Dissertation research: Optimizing liquid biopsy technology to trace the origins of cell-free DNA using tissue- and cell-type specific methylation patterns. How to use these advancements to better understand disease and toxicities at a cellular level, specifically to determine the onset and time course of liver damage from reperfusion injury after liver transplant.

    Endowment Fellow
    Daniel O’Brien, Ph.D. candidate in Physics

    Dissertation research: Utilizing micro-scale fabrication techniques to design and develop novel medical devices for biomarker sensing in non-invasively sampled human interstitial fluid.

    Endowment Fellow
    Nicole Wagner, Ph.D. candidate in Biology

    Dissertation research: Using a combination of wet-lab work and bioinformatics to study the survival mechanisms of primitive microbial life in a perennially frozen, methane-rich Antarctic lake, which serves as an analog for the icy moons in the outer reaches of our solar system.

    For more information about the award and past recipients, visit our ARCS Scholar Awards page.

  • Afghan-American Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications

    The Afghan-American Scholarship Program supports students and aid work within the community. In fall 2020, multiple scholarships of up to $15,000 will be awarded to graduate students. The application deadline is July 7, 2020.

    ACADEMIC CRITERIA: For multi-semester scholarships, recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA for the semester of award disbursement (i.e. Fall 2020). The second disbursement will be made upon verification of GPA.

    ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: In order to be eligible to apply, applicants must:

    • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
    • Identify as a member of the Afghan-American community
    • Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at an accredited college or university for the Fall 2020 semester
    • Demonstrate financial need

    For more information and to apply, visit the Afghan-American Conference website.

  • Georgetown University Recognized as a Top-Performing Institution for Boren Fellowships

    Georgetown University is proud to be a top-performing institution for Boren Fellowships for the 2020-2021 award cycle. Congratulations to the following recipients!

    • Alexander Barker (Asian Studies): Japan
    • Carolyn Ebersole (Conflict Resolution): Taiwan
    • Kristyn Fudge (Security Studies): Senegal
    • Robert Kobza (Security Studies): Kyrgyzstan
    • Carl Lampe (Security Studies): Latvia
    • Salwa Saba (Foreign Service): China
    • Mary Sturgis (Foreign Service): Mozambique

  • Announcing the 2020 Harold N. Glassman Distinguished Dissertation Awards

    This morning, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences hosted a virtual Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. During this event, we shared messages from the dean and distinguished faculty, recognized the achievements of our Ph.D. and doctorate graduates, and celebrated our 2020 Harold N. Glassman Distinguished Dissertation Award winners.

    We are pleased to formally announce Dr. Megan Dean, Dr. Mackenzie Fama, and Dr. Christina Padilla as this year’s recipients of the Glassman Award. Congratulations to all three on their accomplishments!

    2020 Harold N. Glassman Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Humanities

    Dr. Megan A. Dean is the recipient of the 2020 Harold N. Glassman Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Humanities for her dissertation, “Eating as a Self-shaping Activity,” which she defended, with Distinction, in 2019. Read more.

    2020 Harold N. Glassman Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Sciences

    Dr. Mackenzie Fama is the recipient of the 2020 Harold N. Glassman Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Sciences for her dissertation, “The Subjective Experience of Inner Speech in Aphasia,” which she defended in 2018. Read more.

    2020 Harold N. Glassman Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences

    Dr. Christina Padilla is the recipient of the 2020 Harold N. Glassman Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences for her dissertation, “Moving beyond the average effect: Quantifying and exploring variation in Head Start treatment effects on parenting behavior,” which she defended in 2019. Read more.

  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad in Malawi

    Sara Fischer, a PhD candidate in the Department of Government, shared this fun memory with us from her time in Malawi while funded by the US Department of Education’s Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) program. This award supports research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies for a period of 6 to 12 months. The types of projects that are considered for this scholarship include projects that deepen research knowledge on and help the nation develop capabilities in areas of the world not generally included in U.S. curricula.

    Sara Fischer

    “Thanks to a generous Fulbright-Hays DDRA award, I recently spent 12 months (2019-2020) in Malawi conducting ethnographic fieldwork for my doctoral dissertation on the politics of community health. Because ethnography is so participant intensive, I made some very close friends among those with whom I spent the most time. Therefore, when I had to move from the first district in my study to the second, I wanted to show my gratitude towards these research participant anzanga (friends in Chichewa), and invited some over for a lunch party at my home. The planning and preparation was very stressful: trying to get everyone to my house; cooking one large pot of rice and then finding out halfway through that it wasn’t nearly enough; being vegetarian but feeling culturally obligated to provide meat; not having any drinks in the house and sending my roommate running to the store to help me while I frantically cooked; etc. Despite the (self-imposed) pressure, the party itself was lovely. We all chatted, ate, and ended up having a dance party on the khonde (veranda) and front lawn to popular African tunes, taking selfies and videos to share on our WhatsApp stories. I never would have imagined a day like this during the research process, but it is now one of my most cherished memories from my time in the field.”

  • Jonas Heering Awarded the Edwin J. Beinecke, Jr. Scholarship in International Affairs

    Congratulations to Jonas Heering, a first-year master’s student in the Master of Arts in German and European Studies program, on being awarded the the Edwin J. Beinecke, Jr. Scholarship in International Affairs! His project, which will form the basis for his Master’s capstone, will consist of independent research on the impact of foreign electoral interference on democratic processes in the European Union, focusing particularly on interference operations conducted by Russia. His research has the potential to contribute to our understanding of how democracies can shield their democratic institutions and processes from foreign electoral interference.

    This scholarship, supported by The Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation of Kansas City and Graduate School matching funds, consists of a $10,000 award for graduate study or research abroad during the 2020-21 academic year.