Funding for International Activities

Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowships

Deadline: Noon, February 18, 2014
* The deadline has been extended to February 18, 2014.

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. Funding 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, meaka@umn.edu

Guidelines

Description of Award

Applications are due by noon on Feb. 18, 2014. Awards will be announced by April 1, 2014.

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 2014 through April 2015. It is anticipated that about 15 fellowships will be awarded this year.

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.

Eligibility

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.

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./doctoral 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: Noon, February 18, 2014

Online Application

The application process is completed through an online application system. The application 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
  • Graduate/professional degree transcipt(s)
  • Letter of invitation (if applicable)

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are also required to obtain two letters of recommendation. Note: One letter must be from the applicant'scurrent academic adviser. Letters must be submitted online:


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.

2013 Judd Fellows

Fifteen graduate and professional degree students were awarded fellowships in 2013 through the Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowships.

Ekland Abdiwahab
School of Public Health
M.P.H. — Community Health Promotion
Country of Study — Ghana
Abdiwahab will intern with Breast Care International and Carrie’s TOUCH, Inc. in Kumasi, Ghana. She will implement the Peer Navigator Program, designed to help women newly diagnosed with breast cancer through the treatment process. Abdiwahab will also carry out a formal process evaluation. The project will involve the training of 50 Ghanaian women who will serve as peer navigators for women in ten mainly rural regions of Ghana. The process evaluation will allow Breast Care International to assess the quality of training received by the women, as well as structural components of the program that may need to be improved.

Andrew Beron
School of Public Health
M.P.H. — Epidemiology
Country of Study — Puerto Rico
Beron will intern with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Dengue Branch in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Beron will assist with several projects that will give him the opportunity to conduct research on, and learn more about, the biology of Aedes aegypti (the vector that transmits dengue virus) and how that translates into tools that can be used in the surveillance and control of dengue, ultimately leading to effective public health practices and interventions.

Edwin Dorbor
Humphrey School of Public Affairs*
M.D.P. — International Development
Country of Study — Egypt
Dorbor will participate in a group project with Nahdet El Mahrousa (NM), an Egyptian NGO founded by young professionals in 2003 that is dedicated to promoting active participation and youth-led social entrepreneurship. NM’s Incubator of Innovative Social Enterprise program provides support services to youth-led social enterprises in areas such as disease prevention, linking education to employment, and preparing emerging young leaders. NM seeks to assess the impact of its incubated projects and identify and utilize best practices to improve internal management to increase the organization’s social return-on-investment.

Katherine Erickson-Pearson
Medical School
M.D. — Medicine
Country of Study — Kenya
Erickson-Pearson will travel with a group of University of Minnesota medical students to Mfangano Island, Kenya, to collaborate with the organization Organic Health Response in their work providing sustainable, holistic, locally-driven health care. Erickson-Pearson will implement an emergency health response seminar for community health workers and first responders on the island. She also hopes to learn about the philosophy and operation of community-driven, resource-poor health organizations.

Zi Gong
Medical School
M.D. — Medicine
Country of Study — India
Gong will participate in the Himalayan Health Exchange expedition. Beginning in 1996, the program has organized yearly missions to provide medical and dental care to remote villages in the north Indian Himalayas. The program works with local schools and monasteries to set up free clinics for villagers. Over the course of the expedition Gong will set up twelve clinics for patients. As a medical student, Gong will help with assessing and dispensing care for patients. This expedition will take him through a 13,500 ft. high pass into areas unreachable in the wintertime.

Zoila Guachichulca
Humphrey School of Public Affairs*
M.D.P. — International Development
Country of Study — Peru
As part of a team, Guachichulca will spend ten weeks in Junin, Peru, examining the many far-reaching effects of contamination of Lake Junin from area mining. To foster sustainable development in the region, the team will seek to find protective measures of water to defend the ecosystem and reduce further damage to local people’s livelihoods. Guachichulca and the team will present their results to the mayor of the province, and offer suggestions to mitigate the mines’ impact and take steps toward a cleaner lake and healthier population.

Rachel Herr-Hoyman
Humphrey School of Public Affairs*
M.D.P. — International Development
Country of Study — Senegal
Under the auspices of USAID Senegal, Judd Fellows Herr-Hoyman, Hylton, and Karki will partner with graduate students from the University of Dakar to aid in the establishment of monitoring and evaluation systems for two local NGOs in Dakar, Senegal. The team’s cooperative contributions will create sustainable and dynamic mechanisms that monitor the use of USAID funds, measure the effectiveness of service provision, and suggest practical improvements for continuous development toward long-term goals.

Zachary Hylton
Humphrey School of Public Affairs*
M.D.P. — Program Evaluation and Applied Economics
Country of Study — Senegal
Under the auspices of USAID Senegal, Judd Fellows Herr-Hoyman, Hylton, and Karki will partner with graduate students from the University of Dakar to aid in the establishment of monitoring and evaluation systems for two local NGOs in Dakar, Senegal. The team’s cooperative contributions will create sustainable and dynamic mechanisms that monitor the use of USAID funds, measure the effectiveness of service provision, and suggest practical improvements for continuous development toward long-term goals.

Bibhusha Karki
Humphrey School of Public Affairs*
M.D.P. — International Development
Country of Study — Senegal
Under the auspices of USAID Senegal, Judd Fellows Herr-Hoyman, Hylton, and Karki will partner with graduate students from the University of Dakar to aid in the establishment of monitoring and evaluation systems for two local NGOs in Dakar, Senegal. The team’s cooperative contributions will create sustainable and dynamic mechanisms that monitor the use of USAID funds, measure the effectiveness of service provision, and suggest practical improvements for continuous development toward long-term goals.

Nicole Rebecca Kast
School of Public Health
M.P.H. — Community Health Promotion
Country of Study — Bolivia
Kast will complete a field experience with Centro Una Brisa de Esperanza (CUBE), a program of MAP Internacional that focuses on the issue of child sexual abuse in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Kast proposes to assess available prevention services, evaluate organizational intervention strategies, and suggest evidence-based practices that will strengthen the public health focus of CUBE’s work. This internship will allow Kast to contribute to the field of sexual abuse prevention in the region and further develop her skills in the application of public health theory to the structure and planning of an international NGO.

Alex Roland
Veterinary Medicine
D.V.M. — Veterinary Medicine
Country of Study — Thailand
Roland will participate in a group seminar, “Spirit of Thailand.” She will also complete a research project comparing the views on autopsy and necropsy in Thailand to those in the U.S., and particularly those at the University of Minnesota. The trip will allow Roland to interview people at a slaughterhouse, in rural villages, and in human and veterinary medicine to better understand how the necropsy process is viewed.

Victoria Ann Scher
College of Liberal Arts
M.F.A. — Creative Writing, Creative Non-Fiction
Country of Study — Mexico
Scher’s proposed research seeks to understand the impacts of segregated Tarahumara education in Chihuahua City, Mexico. Her goal is to write a collection of literary essays that informs the public about the individual lives of Tarahumara urban migrants in Chihuahua City and engages readers in a compelling narrative. Her research will result in a thesis for her MFA in Creative Nonfiction and a book publication.

Kaitlyn Schwarz
Medical School
D.P.T. — Physical Therapy
Country of Study — Tanzania
Schwarz will intern with Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation (CCBRT) in Moshi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. CCBRT is a non-governmental organization providing disability and rehabilitation services to adults and children. CCBRT focuses mainly on treating children, providing rehabilitation services for conditions such as cerebral palsy, clubfoot, polio, spina bifida, and more.

Shana Steinbeck
College of Pharmacy
Pharm.D. — Pharmacy
Country of Study — Tanzania
Steinbeck will participate in an Advanced Practice experiences clinical rotation at Ilula Lutheran Health Center, a 70-bed hospital in Iringa, Tanzania. The center serves Iringa’s rural population as well as patients in the surrounding area and operates eight rural clinics that service villages surrounding Ilula; clinical services include a comprehensive HIV treatment center.

Tatyana Venegas Swanson
Humphrey School of Public Affairs*
M.D.P. — International Development Practice
Country of Study — Nepal
As part of a team, Venegas Swanson will intern with the Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management at the University of Minnesota. The team will work with the Federation of Community Forest Users of Nepal and the Nepali NGO ForestAction Nepal to further define and develop a project that promotes direct products (NTFPs) and existing NTFP markets. The project will aim to improve rural livelihood options and equity within forest user groups while also supporting the trend within international development toward participatory, sustainable natural resource management.

* 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

Judd Fellows Alumni News

Kristina Krohn, 2009 Judd Fellow

As a Judd Fellow Kristina researched Cryptococcus meningitis (see her Judd project profile). Kristina has recently been awarded a Stanford-NBC News Fellowship in Media and Global Health. Kristina will take a year leave of absence from her medical residency. Starting in Washington D.C. at Kaiser Media's intern orientation, she will spend a year learning to share medical events and news, especially in regards to global health. After her orientation she will go to India for two months to work at the World Health Organization's regional office for Southeast Asia. She will then spend a month in Geneva at WHO’s headquarters. In the fall Kristina will attend Stanford's graduate-level journalism school and in the spring will be working with Nancy Snyderman at NBC News. Learn more through Kristina’s blog or Twitter handle, @GlobalHealthDr.

Sarah Christianson, 2008 Judd Fellow

As a Judd Fellow, Sarah photographed six areas of Norway from which her ancestors came and researched contemporary Scandinavian art practices as part of her M.F.A. thesis project (read Sarah’s Judd project profile). Sarah's first photo book will be published by Daylight next year! It includes the project she created in Norway with her Judd Fellowship in 2008, in which she photographed the farms from where her ancestors emigrated in the late 1800s and their current unrelated owners; she later juxtaposed these images with historical photos of her ancestors. Sarah is offering a pre-publication sale until July 15 to support the costs of publishing. See more of Sarah’s photography on her website.

Ahti Westphal, 2011 Judd Fellow

As a Judd Fellow, Ahti conducted field research on the historic architecture of the Kingdom of Champa (read his Judd project profile). Ahti and the Judd Fellowship program were featured in Legacy magazine, a publication of the University of Minnesota Foundation. The article followed Ahti's experience in Cambodia and the impact it is having on the local community. Download the article, “Global Outlook, Local Impact.”

Meghan Mason, 2009 Judd Fellow

As a Judd Fellow Meghan promoted HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention in Kenyan teens. She taught at the Jambo Jipya: The Future Child School in Mtwapa, Kenya (read her Judd project profile). Meghan is a currently a research assistant and in an epidemiology Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Caroline Krafft , 2010 Judd Fellow

As a Judd Fellow Caroline researched Egyptian gender and labor market dynamics (read her Judd project profile). Caroline was awarded the Lloyd B. Short Award for the Best Master's Paper. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.  


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About Walter Judd

Biography

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.