The Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation of Kansas City welcomes nominations for its “Edwin J. Beinecke, Jr. Scholarship for International Studies.” The scholarship, supported by the Foundation and Graduate School matching funds, consists of a $10,000 award for graduate study or research abroad during the 2021-22 academic year. Only one award is available this competition.

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Program Guidelines

As defined by the Foundation, the awardee should be studying such disciplines as international relations, public service, political science, diplomacy, history, the humanities, or related fields. Each eligible department or program may nominate no more than two students. Final selection of the nominees will be made by the Graduate Research Steering Committee; we will then notify the nominee, the nominee’s department, and the Foundation.

Once the award has been confirmed by the Foundation, the awardee may use the funds for travel as early as the summer of 2021 (public health conditions permitting); travel must be initiated no later than May 2022. This broad time period for use of the awards means that two-year master’s programs may nominate students to use the award for internships or other summer study-abroad opportunities between their first and second years. If the Foundation follows its practice of past years, payment of the award will be available at the beginning of summer 2021.

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Nomination Process

Nomination Process:  Each graduate program is allowed up to two nominations. Required materials to be submitted as one PDF document include:

  1. A three to five page statement, double-spaced from the student describing the foreign study that the award would support, the proposed study plan and methodology, and the award’s importance to the student’s research project and degree completion.
  2. Georgetown transcript (unofficial copies are accepted)
  3. Two letters of recommendation, one from the student’s adviser, the other from either the director of graduate studies or the department or program chair.
  4. Additional Requirement for Non U.S. Citizens:  Non-U.S. citizens are eligible, but nominees who are not U.S. citizens must also state in writing their intention to return to their home country after conclusion of their formal studies in the United States.
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Submission Process and Deadline

Nominations should be submitted via this form by the Director of Graduate Studies or or designated faculty or staff member submitting on behalf of the program.

Deadline: Friday, March 12, 2020 at 12:00pm

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Casey Donahue is a dual master’s candidate in History and Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His project will examine youth history education in Liberia, Northern Ireland, and the United States. His research focuses on curricular and narrative techniques that educators use to teach children about their nations’ civil conflicts. With this comparative study, Casey hopes to identify cross-cultural patterns in how children learn about painful historical events, as well as investigate new modes of international dialogue and resource sharing among youth history educators



Jonas Heering is a first-year master’s student in the Master of Arts in German and European Studies program. 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.



Jessica Spanswick Jessica Spanswick, a student in the M.A. in Latin American Studies Program, is the recipient of The Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation’s 2019-20 Edwin J. Beinecke, Jr. Scholarship in International Affairs. Her research project examines public opinion on democracy, specifically that of Venezuelan migrants living in the border city of Cucuta, Colombia, along the 1,400 mile-long border with Venezuela. Once completed, her research has the potential to contribute to our understanding of migrants/refugees and their perceptions on democracy; the challenges they face in leaving their homes and acclimating to a new social and physical environment; and the humanitarian demands placed on countries like Colombia who accept refugees.



Thomas Lloyd, Ph.D. in History, for research in Tanzania, Ghana, and the United Kingdom



Anthony Eames, Ph.D. candidate in History, for research in the United Kingdom



Gregory Brew, Ph.D. candidate in History, for research in the United Kingdom



Douglas McRae, Ph.D. candidate in History, for research in Brazil

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