Funding for International Activities

Walter H. Judd International Graduate and Professional Fellowships

Deadline: midnight (CST) on January 22, 2021

The Walter H. Judd International Graduate and 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.

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2022 Judd Fellows

Twelve graduate and professional degree students were awarded fellowships in 2022 through the Walter H. Judd International Graduate and Professional Fellowships.

Zakariya A. Abdullahi, Marian Stefanie Candil Escobar
Humphrey School of Public Affairs*
Master of Development Practice

In collaboration with the partnering organization Kidogo Innovations, Abdullahi and Candil aims to help train and support individuals to successfully operate childcare centers, provide nutrition programs, and act on malnutrition cases in Kenya. This project will contribute to Kidogo’s goal of improving access to high-quality, affordable early childhood care and education for low-income communities in East Africa.

Abigail Condie, Selam Kubrom, John Keller
Humphrey School of Public Affairs*
Master of Development Practice

Condie, Kubrom, and Keller—along with a collaborative research team—aim to conduct a holistic community assessment in Kenya using novel storytelling techniques. Using World Vision’s Holistic Community Assessment (HCA) tool, they will determine the impact of development and microfinance initiatives on their communities according to individuals living in the area.

Luiza de Almeida Lucena
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Master of Science in Natural Resources Science and Management

As part of a long-term collaborative project with Rainforest Alliance and several national-level organizations in Guatemala, Lucena’s project aims to support forest conservation and livelihood development efforts in the Maya Biosphere Reserve.

Phoebe Edalatpour
College of Science and Engineering
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (Master’s of Sustainable Development Program)
Sierra Leone

Edalatpour and her team plan to develop an adaptable curriculum and learning materials for community organizations in Sierra Leone to utilize in teaching practices for plastic waste recycling and related health and hygiene issues, written in the communities’ native language Mende.

Kathy Evenson-McDermott, Nathan Jeide-Detweiler
Humphrey School of Public Affairs*
Master of Development Practice

Evenson-McDermott and Jeide-Detweiler will assist tribal communities in the Indian state of Mizoram, in collaboration with Mizoram University, to better understand the direction of social, economic, and climatic change and their impact on agriculture and livelihoods; and assist local communities as they adapt to those changes.

Joshua Fabos, Kalvin Moschkau
Humphrey School of Public Affairs*
Master of Development Practice

In a collaborative effort with GerHub—an organization that works to navigate complex realities of urbanization in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia—Fabos and Moschkau will research the viability of community-based tourism programs in low-income districts, which will provide key insights toward the goals of innovation and economic empowerment for newly settled residents.

Thomas Negaard
College of Design
Master of Architecture

Concentrating on the issue of a lack of housing in Minnesota, Negaard’s research in Austria—a world-leading country in wood construction and affordable housing—will allow him to study centuries-old traditions of wood building combined with cutting-edge construction practices, to evaluate how Minnesota could better leverage its natural resources to address current housing challenges.

Hayden Teachout
College of Liberal Arts
Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art

Teachout’s research will explore the distribution of electricity and its impact environmentally, socially, and culturally. Starting at the Columbia River’s headwaters in Canal Flats, Canada, Teachout will document a journey down to where the river feeds into the Pacific Ocean in Astoria, Oregon, using photography and audio recordings of interviews with locals to determine what impact the changing environment of the area has on the distribution and creation of power.

* 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

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


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

2020 Judd Expo

Due to the global pandemic, 2020 Judd Fellows shared their experiences via video messages.