Funding for International Activities

Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowships

Deadline: Noon, February 10, 2015

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. 10, 2015. Awards will be announced by April 1, 2015.

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 10, 2015

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)

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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.

2014 Judd Fellows

Fifteen graduate and professional degree students were awarded fellowships in 2014 through the Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowships.

Afia Adaboh
Humphrey School of Public Affairs*
M.D.P. — International Development
Country of study — Jamaica
Judd Fellows Adaboh and De Mel will conduct research to improve the livelihoods of Jamaican rural farmers and increase food security through the cultivation and use of breadfruit trees. Their research will focus on identifying and effectively linking farmers, extension officers, and processors in the breadfruit industry and an agro-ecology portion that focuses on assessing the baseline survivability rate of donated breadfruit trees throughout the Island. Their research project is a collaboration between Trees That Feed Foundation (TTFF) and other partnering organizations.

Tyler Bradley
Medical School
D.P.T. — Physical Therapy
Country of study — Tanzania
Judd Fellows Bradley and Orandi will intern at Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation a pediatric rehabilitation facility in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for 11 weeks. They will evaluate and treat patients with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and other congenital conditions.

Eliza Cowan
School of Public Health
M.P.H. — Global Environmental Health
Country of study — India
Cowan will intern with CARE’s Pathways program. She will work to increase farmer productivity and resilience. A main component of her internship is the “Farmer Field and Business School,” through which women learn about new farming techniques, marketing options, nutrition, and gender. Now in its third year of operation, Pathways is in its monitoring phase. As a qualitative research intern Cowan will develop surveys and interview guides that will be used to collect important data about participants’ perception of pathways, and ultimately asses the program progress.

Randika De Mel
Humphrey School of Public Affairs*
M.D.P. — International Development
Country of study — Jamaica
Judd Fellows De Mel and Adaboh will conduct research to improve the livelihoods of Jamaican rural farmers and increase food security through the cultivation and use of breadfruit trees. Their research will focus on identifying and effectively linking farmers, extension officers, and processors in the breadfruit industry and an agro-ecology portion that focuses on assessing the baseline survivability rate of donated breadfruit trees throughout the Island. Their research project is a collaboration between Trees That Feed Foundation (TTFF) and other partnering organizations.

Brooke Dugdale
Medical School
M.D. — Medicine
Country of study — Ecuador
Dugdale will participate in the International Medical Education and Research Fundación Cimas summer internship in Quito, Ecuador. The program will provide a broad range of field experiences from observations in hospital wards to hands-on participation in patient care. She will work alongside physicians in the implementation of public health programs and in providing health education. The curriculum provides experience caring for underserved populations and insight into a nationalized healthcare system. The internship facilitates inter-professional opportunities for discussion of these experiences and will allow Dugdale to apply what she has learned to her development as a future physician.

Angelica Getahun
Humphrey School of Public Affairs*
M.D.P. — International Development
Country of study — Ecuador
As part of a team, Gatahun will intern with the University of Minnesota Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management (CINRAM) and the Rainforest Alliance (RA). Getahun will conduct a value-chain analysis of non-timber forest products in the Amazon Rainforest. She will identify and research the viability and potential marketability of two or more non-timber foreast products harvested in Napo, Ecuador, as part of a larger goal to develop sustainable small enterprises to improve livelihoods, support food security, and conserve important forest resources.

Catherine Glatz
Medical School
M.D. — Medicine
Country of study — Kenya
Glatz will intern with Mfangano Health Net Department and Organic Health Response (OHR). She will assist with the expansion and evaluation of the microclinic program. The data gathered about the successes of the program will help with future work in the area, as well as potential training sessions for other organizations in the area. This groundwork will help Glatz develop an understanding of the health needs of the community, which she can compare to the health system already established in Kenya. This information can help OHR determine a long-term growth strategy.

Alana Jackson
Medical School, Duluth
M.D. — Primary Care
Country of study — Kenya
Jackson will intern with the Pamoja Kenya Mentorship Alliance (PAKEMA). The organization focuses on promoting leadership, mentorship, and community wellness in Kenya. She will help students discover and understand their communities’ concerns through photography. Students in the program will be lent a digital camera and given a theme to guide them in choosing what to photograph. The students will review the photos and discuss their findings with a particular focus on photos that capture a unique perspective. Through discussions about community wellness, Jackson will encourage students, their families, and community leaders to participate in a group effort toward building a healthier community.

Bior Keech
Humphrey School of Public Affairs*
M.D.P. — International Development
Country of study — Kenya
Judd Fellows Keech and Laouali will intern with African Development Solutions (ADESO), an organization that establishes community-led projects to empower the most vulnerable communities in Somalia, South Sudan, and Kenya to be resilient to hunger. Keech and Laouali will work on a project called, “Resilience and Economic Growth in Arid Lands—Improving Resilience (REGAL-IR).”  They will work on monitoring and evaluation of the project.

Rayanatou Laouali
Humphrey School of Public Affairs*
M.D.P. — International Development
Country of study — Kenya
Judd Fellows Keech and Laouali will intern with African Development Solutions (ADESO), an organization that establishes community-led projects to empower the most vulnerable communities in Somalia, South Sudan, and Kenya to be resilient to hunger. Keech and Laouali will work on a project called, “Resilience and Economic Growth in Arid Lands—Improving Resilience (REGAL-IR).”  They will work on monitoring and evaluation of the project.

Jordan McGurran
College of Education and Human Development
M.A. — Evaluation Studies
Country of study — Uganda
McGurran will conduct ethnographic research on the conceptions of “development” and the “good life” among Bakiga Christians in Western and Central Uganda. His research will focus on how discourses of development have become an important source of concepts of moral and social life in Uganda and thus a source of the visions of the good life that form present and future aspirations. McGurran’s research will highlight the conceptualization of “development” and thus add to the knowledge base of development practice, the ethnographic accounts of the Bakiga, as well as the anthropology of Christianity and the anthropology of morality/ethics.

Atefeh Orandi
Medical School
D.P.T. — Physical Therapy
Country of study — Tanzania
Judd Fellows Bradley and Orandi will intern at Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation a pediatric rehabilitation facility in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for 11 weeks. They will evaluate and treat patients with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and other congenital conditions.

Shruti Saxena
Humphrey School of Public Affairs*

M.D.P. — International Development
Country of study — Vietnam
As a member of a team, Saxena will collect and evaluate data about implementation of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) in various districts and villages of Thua Thien-Hue province in Vietnam. She will use a mixed-methods research approach to collect information from various stakeholders including but not limited to households, communities, forest officials, and non-profit organizations. Saxena’s analysis comes at a crucial juncture in the PES timeline and also provides groundwork for the future implementation of the UN Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+).

Bria Schurke

School of Public Health
M.P.H. — Maternal and Child Health
Country of study — Uganda
Schurke will intern with WellShare International to support their new USAID-funded Family Planning Health Initiative in Arua, Uganda, in the fall and spring semesters of 2014 and 2015. She will be involved with various aspects of supporting the new program, including program monitoring and evaluation, capacity building of local staff, health education, and advocacy for increased access to women’s reproductive health care.

Emily Wang
Medical School
M.D. — Primary Care
Country of study — Guatemala
Wang will attend the Pop Wuj Medical Spanish program in Xela, Guatemala. The program includes four to five hours daily of one-to-one Spanish lessons, one week of lectures about cultural competencies regarding practicing medicine in Guatemala, two to five hours daily of clinical experience in the Pop Wuj Clinic, and other Spanish School activities.

* 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.