Funding for International Activities

Two fellowships for PanamaWalter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowships

Deadline: Extended to 5 p.m. Friday February 12

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,


Description of Award

Applications are due by 6 p.m. Thursday February 11. Awards will be announced in April 2016.

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 2016 through April 2017. 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: Extended to 5 p.m. Friday February 12


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.

The deadline for the 2016 Judd Fellowship has passed.

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.

2015 Judd Fellows

Eighteen graduate and professional degree students were awarded fellowships in 2015 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.

Eden Almasude
Medical School
M.D. — Medicine
Almasude will attend the Pop Wuj Medical Spanish program based in Xela, Guatemala. The program includes individualized medical Spanish instruction, introduction to healthcare delivery and systems in the country, and a home stay with a Guatemalan family. Almasude will also gain clinical experience at the Pop Wuj Medical Clinic.

Erin Babineau
Medical School
D.P.T. — Medicine
Babineau will intern in physical therapy at Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT), working closely with the pediatric population. She will work with patients with birth defects, learn clubfoot casting, educate patients and other staff on rehabilitation techniques, and observe surgeries. CCBRT is the largest rehabilitation clinic and disability servicer in the country. Their main goals are to treat, prevent, and empower patients with disabilities by ensuring access to medical and rehabilitation treatment.

Amelia Black
Medical School
M.D. — Medicine
Along with Judd Fellow Colin Wendt, Black will research sickle-cell disease at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos Saint Damien Pediatric Hospital to better understand the effects of hydroxyurea in Haitian children with the disease. The overall goal is to increase the evidence base for hydroxyurea and receive additional support for this treatment.

Carly Dahl
Medical School
M.D. — Medicine
Dahl will participate in the Himalayan Health Exchange Kargiakh Expedition, a four-week medical trekking mission through the Trans-Himalayan region of Northern India. The expedition will provide medical and dental care nearly 2,000 individuals in extremely underserved, rural, and isolated Tibetan settlements. Dahl will assist in setting up mobile clinic sites at seven separate villages, where trip participants (including medical students, residents, and physicians) will perform well-being check ups and supervised clinical care.

Crystal Donelan
Medical School
M.D. — Medicine
Donelan will complete a medical internship and Spanish language immersion coursework. She will be working with Peruvian physicians providing care in hospital and clinical departments, and attending home visits to patients in need. She will participate in health campaigns with local health officials and work overnights in the hospital to obtain a robust understanding of how health care is delivered in Peru’s decentralized health system. Donelan will also attend daily healthcare Spanish language classes and live with a local Peruvian family. 

Timothy Frye
College of Liberal Arts
M.A./Ph.D. — Hispanic Literatures and Cultures
Frye’s research involves literary fieldwork of memory sites of the Canal Zone in Panama. His research goes beyond the study of race alone by examining the way power and politics in Panama are spatially determined: indeed the Canal Zone is best understood as space that bridges race, commerce, and ecology at once intertwined with social and economic marginalization, but which are invisible to the official historical record. For that reason, the study of these spaces is paramount in the study of cultural narratives of Panama. 

Joy Hwang
School of Pharmacy
Pharm.D. — Social and Administrative Pharmacy
Hwang will complete a six-week Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience in Ilula, Tanzania. During this rotation, her goals are to apply the knowledge gained from pharmacy and public health courses to assist in caring for the Ilula community, and to report findings from the trip as part of her descriptive research on “Exploring the Role of Pharmacists in the Global Health Context.”

Jennifer Janssen
Medical School
M.D. — Medicine
Janssen will travel to the Bocas del Toro region of Panama and work with Floating Doctors. While immersing herself in the culture, she also intends to improve her medical Spanish and assess the healthcare and public health needs of the region.

Faris Kasim
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
M.D.P. — International Development
Kasim will conduct a Child Rights Situation Analysis (CRSA) of Thailand, in collaboration with the non-profit Save the Children. The analysis is an in-depth study of the prevailing situation regarding children’s rights in the country including related legislation, cultural practices, and attitudes; underlying causes of violations of child rights; obstacles to, and enablers of, their realization; and recommendations to address barriers. The CRSA will focus primarily on urban areas and will provide essential information about areas where Save the Children and organizations should focus their strengths and resources for effective child-based programming.

Love Odetola
School of Public Health
M.P.H. — Biology
Odetola will be writing and advocating for mothers and children who are deprived of their basic health needs. First, she will be completing literature reviews taking advantage of the wealth of information available to the World Health Organization (WHO). Then she will complete write-ups on maternal and child health, within the context of nursing and midwifery, with the intent to publish and inform advocacy on behalf of this vulnerable population. She will also be able to attend workshops and trainings on health and human rights, and other topics.

Rose Olson
Medical School
M.D. — Medicine
Olson has been selected as a Global Health Fellow by Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. The Geneva Program is designed to equip students to join in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other pressing health challenges. The program components include placement in a health policy-related internship for a minimum of seven weeks and a five-day intensive course on “Health Policy in a Globalizing World.” The program will give Olson both an academic and experiential perspective on how intergovernmental institutions, public-private partnerships, and non-governmental organizations shape global health policy.

Luis Rázuri Gonzales
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
M.S. — Entomology
Rázuri Gonzales will survey the caddisfly fauna of several pristine, aquatic habitats on the Andes in central Ecuador. He will also visit museums and universities in Quito to examine their Trichoptera collections and establish contacts with researchers. As a result of this project, Rázuri Gonzales will publish new species descriptions and possible taxonomic revisions and identification keys. This project will improve the use of caddisflies in biological monitoring protocols, and it will also stimulate research in aquatic ecology, biogeography, and taxonomy in this highly diverse but threatened area.

Allison Spicher
Medical School
M.D. — Medicine
Spicher will attend the Intensive Beginner Spanish and Healthcare Program in Oaxaca, Mexico. The program is designed to help people with little Spanish background enhance their speaking abilities both through classroom instruction and engagement with local non-governmental organizations. This immersion-based program was created specifically for healthcare providers to strengthen their Spanish skills in order to better connect with their Latino patients upon returning home. Spicher will gain Spanish literacy and a deeper cultural literacy through the various community engagement projects. The final component of this program includes a series of clinical rotations.

Claire Stoscheck
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
MP.P. — Sustainable Food Systems and Community Economic Development
Stoscheck will intern at Navdanya’s biodiversity conservation farm in India. The internship focuses on supporting their agro-ecological farm by working in the community seed bank and environmental education programs, and contributing her expertise in non-profit management and research. The internship will expose Stoscheck to diverse cultures, and promote her career development significantly in the areas of sustainable food systems, community economic development, and agroecology. She will learn about managing an agroecology farm and educational center of intercultural exchange.

Emily Strasser
College of Liberal Arts
M.F.A. — Creative Writing
This summer is the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. For decades, fear of the little-understood effects of radiation exposure led thousands of survivors (hibakusha) to keep their pasts secret. Nearing the ends of their lives, many are now coming forward. Strasser’s graduate thesis centers on her grandfather, a nuclear scientist who worked in a secret lab purifying the uranium bound for the Hiroshima bomb, and considers the toxic effects of secrecy individually and globally. Strasser will travel to Hiroshima to participate in commemoration events and to interview survivors who spent decades in secrecy.

Peter Truax (Judd Alumni Fellow*)
College of Design
M.L.A. — Landscape Architecture
Truax will conduct research to catalog the memorial landscapes of the First World War in Ypres, Belgium. He will investigate two questions: How does the Ypres memorial landscape refer to the actual battlefield landscape? And what form do these memorial landscapes take in the present day?  The answer to these questions will come as a visual index comparing photographs of battlefield sites in the past with memorial landscapes in the present.

Colin Wendt
Medical School
M.D. — Medicine
Along with Judd Fellow Amelia Black, Wendt will research sickle-cell disease at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos Saint Damien Pediatric Hospital to better understand the effects of hydroxyurea in Haitian children with the disease. The overall goal is to increase the evidence base for hydroxyurea and receive additional support for this treatment.

Angela Wipf
Medical School
M.D. — Medicine
Wipf will volunteer with Floating Doctors, an organization that focuses on healthcare delivery to remote communities along the coastline of Panama. Her goals are to learn about international medicine while facilitating a long-term relationship between Floating Doctors and the University of Minnesota Medical School. This includes fully documenting the medical cases she observes and how healthcare delivery is carried out in this unique setting.

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


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

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.