Funding for International Activities

Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowships

Deadline: 4:30 p.m. on February 10, 2017

The Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowships are designed to support the continued internationalization of the University of Minnesota by providing critical assistance to students enrolled in master’s and professional degree programs, and to increase opportunities for students to study, undertake internships, and conduct research projects abroad. A primary goal of the fellowships is to increase exposure to other cultures. The program especially encourages applications from students who have never traveled abroad.

Make a GiftFunding is provided by a generous gift from the Walter H. Judd Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation and additional funds from the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, with support from individual donors.

Contact: Meaka Pitschka, 612-626-9123,


Description of Award

Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on February 10, 2017. Awards will be announced in early April 2017.

Up to $2,500 may be requested to support travel, living, and allied academic or professional expenses abroad. The fellowship also provides international medical insurance for all recipients for the duration of their project abroad.

Awards may be used from May 2017 through April 2018. It is anticipated that about 15 fellowships will be awarded this year, including two awards for projects specific to Panama.

Projects should range in length from three weeks (21 days in country) to one year. (All other things being equal, students on longer programs will be given preference.) If the primary program is less than the required 21 days in country, students must propose an additional two-week independently arranged academic experience.

Two types of awards are available:

  • Research awards support field research, archival research, or collaborative research and writing.
  • Internship/study awards support internships, language study, study abroad, or participation in an exchange, group seminar, clinical experience, or practical training.*

*Applicants participating in an organized group program must describe their individual goals or project. Judd Fellowships support group program participation in a University of Minnesota study seminar only if the applicant proposes a two-week independently arranged academic internship or research project following the group experience.


Students must be enrolled in a master’s or professional degree program at the University of Minnesota at the time of application and be enrolled for at least one semester after completion of the project. Students who will have completed required credits for the degree before undertaking the international project are not eligible for the award. (Students enrolled in one-year master’s degree programs may have the return requirement waived. Waivers of the return requirement for other students will be considered on a case-by-case basis.) Former Judd recipients and Ph.D. doctoral students are not eligible. Students enrolled in M.F.A. programs are eligible; students enrolled in Ph.D. programs are not eligible. Students enrolled in joint professional/Ph.D. programs are eligible to apply during the professional “window” of their studies.

Applicants may be citizens of any country. Since a primary goal is to expand international experiences, the fellowship is not intended to support projects in a student’s home country; therefore, such applicants will need to make a very compelling case.

Overview of Requirements:

  • Master’s or professional degree student (Ph.D. students are not eligible)
  • Return enrollment requirement of one semester after completion of project
  • A minimum of 21 days in country
  • Research clearance from the foreign government (if required)

Approved Destinations

  1. Travel Warning Countries: Travel to countries on the U.S. State Department travel warning list requires approval from the International Travel Risk Assessment and Advisory Committee. Applicants are encouraged to apply early; a complete application must be submitted electronically six to eight weeks before proposed travel.
  2. Travel to Cuba: Federal regulations allow limited educational activities in Cuba. Please review the University of Minnesota's guidelines for travel to Cuba.

Selection Criteria

Application review and selection of Judd Fellows will be conducted by a committee of University of Minnesota faculty and staff. Awards will be based on the following criteria:

  • Strength of the overall academic record
  • Cohesiveness and feasibility of the project proposal or research plan and the clarity with which it is conveyed to the non-specialist
  • Extent to which the proposed project enhances the student’s degree program/career objectives
  • Extent to which the proposal increases exposure to other cultures
  • Strength of the letters of recommendation
  • Soundness of the budget request

Fellowship Requirements

1. Fellowship recipients must submit either a research or internship/study report to the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance within two months of project completion.

  • Research Report. The report should consist of a copy of the final product produced as a result of the research project outlining the experience abroad. If research is not complete, the student should submit a detailed report of the experience. The second option should include a description of activities, the impact of the experience on academic and professional goals, and a brief account of how the grant was spent, along with a list of other support received. The report should be 5 to 10 pages, double-spaced.
  • Internship/Study Report. The report should include a description of activities or duties abroad and an evaluation of how closely the experience matched the student’s expectations, an evaluation of the contribution made to the organization abroad and what was learned, and a brief account of how the grant was spent along with a list of other support received. The report should be 5 to 10 pages, double-spaced.

2. Poster Session: All fellows are expected to share their experiences at the Judd Fellows Expo in mid-October.

Application Materials

Note: Doctoral students are not eligible for a Judd Fellowship.

Deadline: 4:30 p.m. on February 10, 2017


The application process is completed through an online application system that includes the following sections:

  • Project overview (dates, destination, type of project, etc.)
  • Project proposal
  • Biographical statement
  • International experience
  • Postsecondary institutions attended
  • Scholarships and grants received
  • Project budget
  • Graduate/professional degree transcipt(s)
  • Letter of invitation, approvals (if applicable)
  • Contact information for recommenders (see Letters of Recommendation below)

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are also required to obtain two letters of recommendation—one letter must be from the applicant's current academic adviser. Letters will be submitted through the online application system. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that both letters are submitted by the deadline.

Travel Resources

Travel to countries on the State Department warning list
Information about obtaining permission from the University's International Travel Risk Assessment and Advisory Committee to travel to a country on the State Department travel warning list.

Mandatory reporting and insurance requirements
Learn about the reporting and insurance requirements for traveling abroad for University purposes.

2016 Judd Fellows

Sixteen graduate and professional degree students were awarded fellowships in 2016 through the Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowships. One Judd Alumni Fellowship was awarded to the highest-ranked fellowship applicant and was made possible by generous support of Judd Fellow alumni.

Meagan Abraham
College of Veterinary Medicine
D.V.M. – Mixed Animal, Ethology
Abraham will participate in a course on Asian elephant health monitoring and care, Thai culture and language, and the elephant’s role in Thai culture. After the four-week course, she will conduct research by surveying elephant healthcare workers in the area to determine how elephant healthcare in northern Thailand is typically performed. After the project, Abraham’s goal is to publish her research to help others around the world take better care of captive Asian elephants.

Kaylea Brase
College of Science and Engineering
M.S. –  Civil engineering, environmental engineering
Brase will volunteer with the social impact venture, Ternup, which is developing a device to test water for arsenic, fluoride, and fecal coliform contamination. Brase will apply her chemical and environmental engineering coursework to help develop the device. She will also investigate the feasibility of a business plan her team developed during the course, Acara Global Venture Design, centered on a hand-powered, mobile water filtration system that provides clean water at an affordable price.

Solana Brinkman
College of Education and Human Development
M.S.W. –  Health, Disability, and Aging
Brinkman will complete a three-month internship with a nongovernmental organization in Namibia in a hospice or palliative care setting. She wants to expand her cultural exposure by immersing herself in a community abroad and expanding her cultural awareness, which is a critical component of being a skilled social worker.

River Charles
Medical School
M.D. –  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Charles will conduct research to investigate the risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease on both a molecular and sociocultural perspective. Charles will conduct bench-side research at Sophia University in Tokyo to better understand amyloid-beta protein's effect on pre-synaptic neuronal activity. He will also explore sociocultural factors that could be responsible for the paradoxical finding that Japan, a country with such a large elderly population, has a relatively low prevalence of a disease that cripples many Americans.

Jonathan Clayton
College of Veterinary Medicine
D.V.M. – Veterinary Medicine
Madagascar and Rwanda
Clayton will work with a network of primatologists based in the United States, and then accompany individuals associated with these groups to their field sites in Madagascar and Rwanda to experience both sides of international One Health research. One Health represents a concept of the inextricable link between human, animal, and environmental health.

Prosperity Eneh (Judd Alumni Fellow*)
College of Pharmacy
Pharm.D. – Pharmacy
Eneh will participate in a five-week program in Ilula, Tanzania, to learn about global health in a developing country in the context of balancing needs and limited resources. The program provides the participants the opportunity to go beyond classroom learning to reflect and apply what is learned later in practice. She will also increase her medical knowledge in an interdisciplinary team-based model of care provision.

Amanda Evans
Medical School
D.P.T. – Physical Therapy
Evans will conduct an 11-week internship in two locations in Italy: one is an extended care facility and rehabilitation center, and the other is a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation hospital. Evans will have the opportunity to work with advanced robotics designed to aid with gait in people with spinal cord injuries. This is a unique part of the internship because this technology is not available to most people in the United States. 

Sean Hadorn
Humphrey School of Public Affairs**
M.D.P. – Development Practice
Hadorn will develop concept maps of the eleven constituent programs that comprise Floating Doctors, a non-governmental organizatinon in Panama, and synthesize those maps into a logic model of its business model. These tools will assist and inform future program evaluation by Floating Doctors.

Elise Holmes
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
M.P.P – Advanced Policy Analysis
Floating Doctors is a rapidly growing non-profit healthcare provider in Bocas del Toro, Panama. As part of an external consultant team led by the U of M’s School of Public Health, she will focus her research on a contextual analysis of the healthcare service environment in Panama. Using both quantitative and qualitative data methods, she will map physical, economic, and social barriers to health for local populations. Her final report to Floating Doctors will highlight where strategic efforts for focus or expansion will have the most impact.

Meaghan Hunt
School of Public Health
M.P.H. – Environmental Health
Hunt will serve as part of an external consultant team led by the U of M’s School of Public Health that is partnering with Floating Doctors—a non-profit organization that provides medical care, supplies, and health education to isolated communities in Panama. Hunt will assist with data collection through interviewing local community members and reviewing past medical records. The team will make recommendations for steps to maintain the sustainability of the program and will provide information on specific areas for targeting future disease prevention programs.

Anne Jensen
School of Public Health
M.H.A./M.B.A. – Healthcare and Business Administration/Global Health
Jensen will intern at Beijing United Family Rehabilitation Hospital and focus on the management of a fusion of traditional Chinese medicine with Western rehabilitative therapies. Jensen wants to explore the infrastructure being constructed to accommodate an aging Chinese population that does not necessarily have children to support them in both transitional and long-term settings. She looks forward to finding creative solutions to care for elderly Chinese people in a safe, holistic, and fulfilling environment.

Rachel McLaughlin
College of Science and Engineering
M.S. – Hydrogeology
Worldwide, glaciers store fresh water and ensure a dependable, year-round water supply for many populated regions. Recently glacier loss has occurred at an alarming rate, particularly in the tropical Andes, threatening long-term water resources. McLaughlin’s research will evaluate how vegetation coverage along with groundwater storage and transport jointly modulate climate change impacts on available freshwater discharge in glaciated watersheds. 

Marissa Milstein
College of Veterinary Medicine
D.V.M. – Veterinary Ecosystem Health
While bushmeat hunting is a key component of the traditional subsistence strategies of many Amazonian indigenous groups, it is also a major source of zoonotic disease. Milstein will study zoonotic disease risk and bushmeat hunting as part of an interdisciplinary research project on the resource use and health of indigenous Waiwai in the Konashen Community Owned Conservation Area, Guyana.

Lillian Osborne
Humphrey School of Public Affairs**
M.D.P. — Natural Resource Management
Mayan communities in northern Guatemala traditionally cultivated Maya Nut as a food crop, a practice that is increasingly being promoted due to the food’s nutritional properties and prospect of earning revenue for rural communities. Osborne’s research aims to clarify the environmental impact of Maya Nut harvest and identify and evaluate opportunities to sustainably scale production to generate employment and income for indigenous communities.

Leslie Schroeder
College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences
M.S. – Conservation Biology
Through the Jumby Bay Hawksbill Project, Schroeder will conduct research on the temporal fidelity of individual female hawksbill sea turtles. She will also use the organization's historic records to follow individual turtles back many nesting seasons and determine what environmental cues are motivating them to begin their nesting cycle.

Johanna Tatlow
Humphrey School of Public Affairs**
M.D.P. — International Development
In collaboration with the International Center for Policy and Conflict, Tatlow will work with a team examining the restructuring of government in Kenya. The team will conduct interviews with local government and non-government stakeholders, and will examine revenue streams and methods of preventing corruption in the newly instated systems.
Project deliverables will include revenue stream mapping, stakeholder mapping, and suggested pilot models for change and transparency.

*The Judd Alumni Fellowship is awarded to the highest-ranked fellowship applicant. The award is made possible by generous support of Judd Fellow alumni.

**The Master of Development Practice is an interdisciplinary program jointly administered by the Humphrey School and the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) and spans several academic disciplines across the University of Minnesota.

Past Recipients

News from the Judd Fellowships

"News from the Judd Fellowships" is an occasional e-newsletter sent to Judd Fellows, Judd Alumni, donors, and friends of the Judd Fellowship program. To subscribe to the newsletter, please contact

Past Issues

June 2016

Updates from 2016 Judd Fellows in the field, a tribute to Wheelock Whitney, a feature about Judd Fellow alumni forming partnerships, and Judd alumni updates.

March 2016

Judd Alumni Fellowship to be awarded in 2016, updates from Judd Fellows in the field, recap of the 2015 Judd Expo, Judd alumni updates, and a profile of donors Carol and Cliff Stiles.

June 2015

Meet the 2015 Judd Fellows cohort, Tim Frye reports from his Judd Fellowship in Panama, and catch up with Judd Fellow alumni.

June 2014

Meet the 2014 Judd Fellows cohort and catch up with Judd Fellow alumni.

February 2014

The Inaugural Judd Alumni occasional lunch series is kicked off, a recap of the 2013 Judd Fellows Expo, an update from Judd Fellow Katie Schwarz about her internship in Tanzania, and Judd Fellow alumna Sarah Christianson’s photography is featured in Mother Jones Magazine.

April 2013

Kelly Rosengren reports from her internship in Tanzania, alumni updates, and Judd Fellow alumni meet in Washington DC.

July 2013

Meet the 2013 Judd Fellow cohort, reports from Judd Fellows in Nepal, Senegal, and Mexico. Plus updates from Judd Fellow alumni.

July 2012

Read the inaugural "News from the Judd Fellowships" newsletter.

Other News

The Judd Fellowship program was featured in Legacy Magazine, “Global Outlook, Local Impact” in 2012.

More Alumni News

About Walter Judd


Walter JuddWalter H. Judd was born in Rising City, Nebraska, (population 499) on September 25, 1898. He earned his medical degree at the University of Nebraska - Omaha in 1923. Judd soon felt the call to public service. He left for China in the summer of 1925 and spent five years at a mission hospital in Shaowu in southern China caring for the sick and dying. After suffering from malaria 44 times, Judd was forced to return to the U.S. in 1931 to recuperate.

He then began a three-year surgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. In 1932, Judd married Miriam Louise Barber. Born in India to YMCA-worker parents, Miriam shared Walter’s calling to missionary service. In 1934, Judd was asked to head Fenchow Hospital, so the Judd family, which now included a daughter, moved to northern China. Another daughter was born in China and a third was on the way as the Japanese army approached Fenchow. Judd put his pregnant wife and two daughters on a plane to the U.S. four months before Fenchow was captured by the Japanese in February 1938. Judd worked under the watch of the Japanese for five months before being released.

He returned to the U.S. as a determined crusader, making 1,400 speeches in 46 states over the next two years warning against the build-up of Japan’s military. The Judd family moved to Minneapolis in 1941, and Dr. Judd returned to medical practice. While the country’s attention was focused on the events in Europe, Judd continued to warn of the impending crisis in the Far East. True to Judd’s prediction, the Japanese army attacked Pearl Harbor. Because of his great knowledge of the Far East, Judd was encouraged to run for Congress in the Fifth District. He was elected in 1942 and served for 20 years. He was appointed delegate to the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1957 and delegate to the World Health Assembly in 1950 and 1958. He was considered as a potential vice presidential candidate for both Eisenhower and Nixon. He delivered the keynote address at the Republican National Convention in 1960. Judd was well liked on both sides of the aisle — he was chosen by his peers as one of the ten most influential and admired members of Congress in 1961, the only Republican on the list. Judd played a pivotal role in Congress’ approval of the Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, and NATO, and he authored legislation for the World Health Organization and the International Children’s Emergency Fund. The McCarran-Walter Act of 1952 included Judd’s amendments to eliminate racial discrimination from immigration and naturalization laws.

After redistricting, Judd lost his re-election bid in 1962. He maintained a rigorous speaking schedule, lecturing on public affairs, China, foreign policy, and religion and ethics. He also served as chairman of the prestigious Judicial Council of the American Medical Association, a contributing editor to Reader’s Digest, and chairman of the Committee for a Free China. In 1981, Judd received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

Books on Walter Judd

  • "Missionary for Freedom" by Lee Edwards, 1990.
  • "Walter H. Judd" by Lee Edwards, 1995.
  • "Walter H. Judd: Chronicles of a Statesman" by Walter Judd, edited by Edward J. Rozek, 1980.
  • "Ten Men of Minnesota and American Foreign Policy, 1989-1968" by Barbara Stuhler, 1973.