Funding for International Activities

Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowships

Deadline: 4:30 p.m. on February 9, 2018

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 9, 2018. Awards will be announced in early April 2018.

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 2018 through April 2019. 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 9, 2018


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 application has closed for the 2018 cycle.

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.

2017 Judd Fellows

Sixteen graduate and professional degree students were awarded fellowships in 2017 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.

Erica Berry
College of Liberal Arts
M.F.A. – Creative Nonfiction, Creative Writing
United Kingdom
Berry’s thesis is an essay collection about fear and the wolf, that oft-mythologized animal that has become a universal archetype for danger from “Little Red Riding Hood” to “lone wolf” terrorist headlines. Berry has been accepted for a research position at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust (UKWCT), an education-based nonprofit that hosts scholars for research and observation of on-site wolves. She will also conduct archival research at the British Library on some of history’s deadliest wolf attacks, which happened in Colonial India.

Ada Breitenbucher
Medical School
Breitenbucher will spend four weeks in Delhi, India, with a Child Family Health International program focusing on public health delivery innovations and community medicine. She will work with local NGOs, focusing on the spread of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and management of infectious disease. Additionally, her project aims to understand the lingering impact of India’s caste system and the unique challenges of implementing public health initiatives within a culturally and linguistically diverse population.

Pratibha Chauhan
College of Design
M.Arch. and M.S. – Architecture, Research Practices
Chauhan is currently collaborating with an architectural firm in finding variables of design that will allow a wooden facade to last about 50 years. To complement this work, she will visit the Wood Program at Aalto University’s Department of Architecture in Finland. Chauhan will conduct research to understand ways that thermal, chemical, and design modifications can enhance durability of conventionally unusable wood species.

Jennifer Compton
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
M.D.P. – Program Evaluation
Compton will travel to Haiti to work in concert with Global Deaf Connection and Haiti Deaf Academy on a project to standardize Haitian Sign Language education and professionalize sign language interpretation. As an external evaluator to the project, she will perform a formative evaluation as the project begins its five-year duration and create recommendations for appropriate monitoring and evaluation going forward. This assessment will play a critical role in the future transparency and success of the project, as well as provide pivotal experience for her own professional training.

Travis Fried
College of Liberal Arts
M.G.I.S. – Public Participatory GIS, Open-Source/Crowdsource Data, International Ethnography, Human Rights
Fried will intern with Kathmandu Living Labs, a technology-based NGO, on their Prepare Pokhara project team. In response to Nepal’s 2015 earthquake, he will assist in mapping and assessing underserved populations around Pokhara, the country’s second largest city, in an effort to improve disaster resilience among communities most impacted by infrastructure damage, including ethnic minorities, pregnant women, and those with inadequate housing. Primary responsibilities include collecting data to identify vulnerable populations and areas in need of immediate disaster preparation initiatives.

Isaac Giron
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
M.D.P. – Gender Equality and Education
Along with Judd Fellow Wiedenman, Giron will collaborate with the National Trust for Nature Conservation and local Community Forest User Groups in determining the feasibility of expanding ecotourism and home stay enterprises in the communities surrounding Sauraha Village near Chitwan National Park. The current tourism infrastructure and wildlife are facing pressure in sustaining the influx of tourist activities. A possible long-term solution is to drive tourism traffic toward less-traveled villages in order to relieve the pressure in Sauraha and to ensure other communities share the economic and cultural benefits of incoming tourism.

Kathryn Huether
College of Liberal Arts
M.A. — Musicology, Holocaust Studies and Music
Huether’s project assesses music's employment in Holocaust film documentaries, museum exhibitions, and memorial representation, and how its affect shapes our perceptions of the memory and history being presented. Huether argues that music plays a critical role in shaping our conceptions of these presentations, and in turn, dramatically influences our understandings of the Holocaust. Her theory is grounded in a study in Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler's usage of Verfremdungseffekt, or distancing affect, which attempts to create critical viewers in their audiences through a diverse employment and compilation of aesthetic mediums.

Matthew Jergenson
Medical School
M.D. – Primary Care/Internal Medicine

Jergenson will compose a scientific paper examining physical activity's effect on risk factors for metabolic disease in groups of premenopausal, perimenopausal, and postmenopausal women in the greater Jyväskylä area. His analysis will help characterize estrogen's modulation of exercise-related effects on these markers and may result in modification of clinical recommendations for women at this life stage.

Brianna Lauer
Medical School
D.P.T. – Physical Therapy
Lauer along with Judd Fellow Taylor, will travel to Italy for 11 weeks as part of a clinical internship experience. Lauer will work at hospitals and outpatient facilities that will allow her to observe specialized care in neurorehabilitation, orthopedic evaluations, and cardiopulmonary care. Lauer will also get the opportunity to work with cutting-edge robotic therapies that are not yet available in the United States. She plans to utilize her time in Italy to experience a different healthcare system and use this knowledge to begin her research career after graduation.

Sara Lederman
School of Public Health
M.P.H. – Public Health Policy and Administration
Lederman will intern in the Cancer and Non-Communicable Diseases Programme at the World Health Organization. She will participate in the WHO's Summer Internship Program in Geneva and support efforts to develop policies for cancer control and treatment in low- and middle-income countries.

Isabel Marsh-Silva Judd Alumni Fellow*
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
M.D.P. – Sustainable Agriculture and Program Evaluation
Heavy reliance on agriculture combined with risks due to agricultural pests and water scarcity, have worsened lowness of income, water-born infectious diseases, child malnutrition, and other public health concerns in the region of Karagwe. Using participatory needs assessment methodologies, Marsh-Silva will design and conduct an exploration of the community’s needs in collaboration with a team of graduate students and with Educate Tanzania (ETI), a Minnesota-based nonprofit that works towards the socio-economic transformation of Karagwe, Tanzania.

Jamie Nichols
Medical School
D.P.T. – Physical Therapy
Nichols will intern at Fundación CIMAS, splitting his time between an outpatient rehabilitation clinic in Quito and a rural pediatric clinic with access to hippotherapy (therapy with horses) and aquatic therapy. Nichols will use her Spanish language skills to communicate with patients and other physical therapists, which will allow her to fully experience a culture widely represented in Minnesota. The internship also includes a host family stay, educational trips, and service opportunities.

Hannah Taylor
Medical School
D.P.T. – Physical Therapy
Taylor along with Judd Fellow Lauer will complete an 11-week clinical experience in Italy. Taylor’s role will consist of working as a student physical therapist in an outpatient clinic with orthopedic and neuropathology patient populations, where she will evaluate and treat patients under the supervision of an Italian-licensed physical therapist. On the weekends, Taylor will be taking educational trips around Italy and surrounding areas. This will fulfill one of the four clinical experiences required by the physical therapy program.

Megan Tomamichel
College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences
M.S. – Fisheries and Aquatic Biology
Tomamichel will apply a unique aggregate model that predicts the impact of disease in aquatic populations to aquaculture facilities in Chile. This model will allow managers to make evidence-based decisions to reduce the impact of disease. Ultimately Tomamichel’s goal is to make the model as widely applicable and available as possible by developing an open-source software package. By traveling to Chile, she will apply her model to an ecosystem other than her own Midwestern study system, and therefore refine the model to suit the needs of diverse systems and cultural values.

Erin Wiedenman
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
M.D.P. – International Education, Sustainable Development
Along with Judd Fellow Giron, Wiedenman will work to improve livelihoods in the vicinity of Chitwan National Park, where some local villages are not benefiting from the tourism that the park brings to the area. The challenge will be to attract tourists through the creation of new tourist activities while simultaneously promoting conservation and sustainability for threatened or endangered wildlife species, such as one-horned rhinoceroses, tigers, and gharial crocodiles. Wiedenman’s focus will be on conducting a sustainable tourism evaluation and examining what tourism methods have worked well in the larger town of Sauraha.

Sara Zanussi
College of Education and Human Development
C.I.D.E. – Educational Development, Evaluation
Zanussi will conduct qualitative research at two music programs in Colombia that use ensemble-based music to improve the lives of vulnerable children. Her research will explore the extent through which these music education programs cultivate “agentive” youth by developing self-determination skills.

* 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

May 2017

A Judd Alumni Fellowship will be awarded in 2017, 2016 Judd Alumni Fellow Profile: Prosperity Eneh, Judd Fellow featured in The Atlantic magazine, and alumni updates.

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.

Judd Fellows Expo

Each October, the annual Judd Fellows Expo gives the returned fellows the opportunity to share photos and stories of their time abroad with family, friends, faculty mentors, and supporters of the fellowships. If you would like to receive an invitation to this event, please email Meaka Pitschka at