News & Announcements


  • 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
    • 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.