Funding for International Activities

Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowships

Deadline: 4:30 p.m. on February 12, 2020

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: JuddFellowship@umn.edu

Guidelines

Description of Award

Applications are currently closed and will reopen in December 2020.

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 2020 through April 2021. It is anticipated that 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. 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 Advisory Level 3 or 4 Countries or Locations: Travel to Level 3 or 4 countries or locations designated by the U.S. Department of State 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. 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.

Applications are currently closed and will reopen in December 2020.

Application

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.

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Travel Resources

Travel to level 3 or 4 travel advisory countries
Information about obtaining permission from the University's International Travel Risk Assessment and Advisory Committee to travel to a country or location designated as Level 3 or 4 Travel Advisory by the State Department.

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

2020 Judd Fellows

Nineteen graduate and professional degree students were awarded fellowships in 2020 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 and matching funds from the Carol and Cliff Stiles Rainbow Fund.

Aimee Carlson
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
M.D.P. – Gender & Sexuality Studies **
Kenya
Carlson will work with Ekialo-Kiona Youth Radio, the only wind- and solar-powered radio station in Africa broadcasting in the Suba language. Carlson will join the Ekialo-Kiona Center to develop a radio-based curriculum aimed at documenting the Suba people's oral history and activating community conversations.

Abigail Fink
School of Public Health
M.P.H. – Maternal & Child Health
Dominican Republic
As part of a team of students, Fink will participate in the monitoring and evaluation activities for the Batey Relief Alliance's Women Empowerment Program (WEP). WEP provides agricultural inputs and small loans to women to improve health, nutrition, and education indicators. Students will also work on a menstrual health education program.

Khadeeja Hamid
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
M.D.P. – Sustainability, Gender, Evaluation **
Morocco
As part of a team of students, Hamid will work with members of the Reseau de Développement de Tourisme Rural (Rural Tourism Development Network) in the Souss-Massa region to develop locally contextualized tourism strategies. The project aims to empower and benefit local communities while enabling stewardship of the region's natural and cultural resources.

Ankur Karmacharya
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
M.D.P. **
India
Karmacharya will collaborate with Mizoram University to support local farmers adapting to climate change in Mizoram, a mountainous state in northeast India. The goal of the project is to create an adaptation plan tailored to the region by taking into account community livelihoods, global and local value chains, and the local effects of climate change, as well as strategies adopted to deal with these effects.

Pakou Khang
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
M.D.P. – Southeast Asia **
Ghana
As part of a team of students, Khang will collaborate with the NGO Global Mamas to improve their data collection and evaluation methods. Global Mamas supports local women entrepreneurs by providing capacity building training in areas such as business and financial management, leadership, quality improvement, and marketing.

Tsogtbilguundari Khishigbat
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
M.D.P. **
Morocco
As part of a team of students, Khishigbat will work with members of the Reseau de Développement de Tourisme Rural (Rural Tourism Development Network) in the Souss-Massa region to develop locally contextualized tourism strategies. The project aims to empower and benefit local communities while enabling stewardship of the region's natural and cultural resources.

Hannah Kinzer
School of Public Health
M.P.H. – Community Health Promotion
Philippines
Kinzer will engage with community members, students, medical personnel, and public health officials to facilitate implementation and evaluation of community programs contributing to health initiatives in Laguna Province. The internship is coordinated by the University of the Philippines Manila College of Public Health in collaboration with the Laguna Provincial Health Office.

Savana Lipps
College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences
M.S. – Plant Pathology
Philippines
Lipps will work with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to study bacterial leaf blight, a destructive disease that can cause up to 40 percent of crop loss globally. Lipps will perform research at IRRI on the pathogen genetics and sources of host plant resistance. The data yielded from the research will contribute to prevention and management strategies for this devastating disease, ultimately improving global food security.

Ariel Loayza
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
M.D.P. **
Ghana
As part of a team of students, Loayza will collaborate with the NGO Global Mamas to improve their data collection and evaluation methods. Global Mamas supports local women entrepreneurs by providing capacity building training in areas such as business and financial management, leadership, quality improvement, and marketing.

Gary Ly
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
M.D.P. – Global Health **
Guatemala
As part of a team of students, Ly will support the commercialization of the Ramón seed and other non-timber forest products in the Maya Biosphere Reserve. Students will partner with the Rainforest Alliance to support natural resource conservation and improve local livelihoods.

Alheen Mahmud
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
M.D.P. **
Morocco
As part of a team of students, Mahmud will work with members of the Reseau de Développement de Tourisme Rural (Rural Tourism Development Network) in the Souss-Massa region to develop locally contextualized tourism strategies. The project aims to empower and benefit local communities while enabling stewardship of the region's natural and cultural resources.

Cameron Meyer-Mueller
Medical School
M.D.
Uganda
Cryptococcal meningitis (CM) is a leading cause of AIDS-related death. CM is preceded by asymptomatic cryptococcal antigenemia, where patients are without symptoms, but have cryptococcal antigen in their blood. Meyer-Mueller will evaluate whether the inflammation marker C-Reactive Protein (CRP) predicts meningitis or death in people who are asymptomatic but have cryptococcal antigen.

Ian Passe
School of Public Health
M.P.H. – Global Environmental Health & Epidemiology
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Passe will intern for the World Health Organization's Western Pacific Region. Passe will work to develop and implement climate resilience technologies and interventions to strengthen Laos' health system.

Julian Robles
College of Liberal Arts
M.F.A. – Creative Writing
Mexico
Robles will collaborate with writers and filmmakers from the Verbos y Vibras artist-activist collective to stage a production of an original play which addresses gender-based violence and drug violence in Mexico. Robles will also complete archival research investigating business and tax records which figure prominently into his thesis, an autobiographical novella set in Mexico City.

Preethiya Sekar
Medical School
M.D.
India
Sekar will assess barriers to seeking breast cancer screening in New Delhi. Through analyzing interviews with health care providers and policy makers, the research aims to identify barriers like fear, fatalism, and social stigma to aid in the creation of cost-effective initiatives to increase early detection of breast cancer .

JYeidymar Sierra Moya
College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences
M.S. – Plant Pathology
Puerto Rico
Sierra Moya will work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) staff executing surveys for the Fruit Fly Trapping Domestic Program and the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey program. Sierra Moya will investigate pests and diseases, learn to use digital programs for data collection from the field, and practice using an array of laboratory diagnostic approaches to identify potential pests.

Meghna Subba
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
M.D.P. – Conservation & Development **
Guatemala
As part of a team of students, Subba will support the commercialization of the Ramón seed and other non-timber forest products in the Maya Biosphere Reserve. Students will partner with the Rainforest Alliance to support natural resource conservation and improve local livelihoods.

Vinay Thomas
College of Liberal Arts
M.M. – Choral Conducting
India
Thomas will research the music of the Malankara Orthodox Church. With a unique musical tradition that has historically been passed only orally, the church's musical history has naturally varied as it spread to new generations and areas. Thomas will examine the role of music in this liturgy, and connect it to themes of intergenerationality, spirituality, and sociality.

Stephanie Van Dyke
School of Public Health
M.P.H. – Maternal & Child Health
Dominican Republic
As part of a team of students, Van Dyke will participate in the monitoring and evaluation activities for the Batey Relief Alliance's Women Empowerment Program (WEP). WEP provides agricultural inputs and small loans to women to improve health, nutrition, and education indicators. Students will also work on a menstrual health education program.

* The Judd Alumni Fellowship is awarded to the highest-ranked fellowship applicant. The Judd Alumni Fellowship award is made possible by generous support of Judd Fellow alumni and matching funds from the Carol and Cliff Stiles Rainbow Fund.

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


Past Recipients

News from the Judd Fellowships

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

Past Issues

September 2019

Updates from the 2019 Judd Fellows in the field and a save the date for the 2019 Judd Expo.

August 2018

Updates from the 2018 Judd Fellows in the field, previous Judd Fellows hosting current Judd Fellows in Ghana, and alumni updates.

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.


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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.

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 JuddFellowship@umn.edu.