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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2021 Judd Fellows

Thirteen graduate and professional degree students were awarded fellowships in 2021 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.

Hodan Abdi
Medical School
Abdi will research the neurosurgical operational capacity in Ethiopia and assess patient access to neurosurgical services. The quantitative survey will address the number of neurosurgeons in a city and the number of neurosurgical centers, as well as access to CT and MRI other essential operating equipment.

Sarthak Agarwal
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Agarwal will intern with Wageningen University and Research, mapping food democracy initiatives such as food policy councils, citizen assemblies, and citizen juries in the Netherlands and the U.S. while analyzing their strengths and limitations.

Judith Avila
College of Liberal Arts
M.A. — Geography
Avila will work as a research assistant at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, studying the impacts of past volcanic eruptions on the global climate and societies.

Hannah Barnes
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Ekialo Kiona Suba Youth Radio (EK-FM) is a core program of Organic Health Response, a community resilience organization on Mfangano Island in western Kenya. With a team of other Master of Development Practice students, Barnes will examine community perceptions of the radio station and their ideas for its future. She will also explore EK-FM’s strengths and how to use them to complement other Organic Health Response programs.

Said Farah
College of Liberal Arts
M.F.A. — Creative Writing
Farah will conduct field research to complete a poetry collection tentatively titled “Bullet Ballet.” The collection will focus on his family’s journey from Nairobi to Mombasa and the border between Kenya and Somalia.

Mitchel Fenrich
Medical School
D.P.T. — Physical Therapy
Fenrich will complete a physical therapy clinical rotation in Dodoma, Tanzania, working under a clinical instructor to participate in direct patient care, administration, management and supervision, education, and consultation.

Rini Keagy
College of Liberal Arts
M.F.A. — Arts
Keagy is developing a series of videos exploring multiple facets of Latinx heritage, indigenous decolonization, and Mayan mythology. Keagy will examine the archives at the Regional Mesoamerican Research Center and record video and interviews in the present day city.

Eva Kough
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Ekialo Kiona Suba Youth Radio (EK-FM) is a core program of Organic Health Response, a community resilience organization on Mfangano Island in western Kenya. With a team of other Master of Development Practice students, Kough will examine community perceptions of the radio station and their ideas for its future. She will also explore EK-FM’s strengths and how to use them to complement other Organic Health Response programs.

Anna Levin
Medical School
South Africa
Levin has been performing remote data abstraction for a study on the treatment of cryptococcal meningitis in people living with HIV in South Africa. While in South Africa she hopes to gain a greater understanding of the healthcare delivery system and observe the course of the disease and the patient experience.

Nicholas Nerburn
College of Liberal Arts
M.F.A. — Photography
Nerburn will complete a photography project based in Ontario and Quebec, tracing the upbringing and mysterious disappearance of his great-grandfather, Joseph Nerburn. Joseph is believed to have murdered his wife and then vanished, possibly along the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway to Saint Anne-de Beupre, Quebec.

Tanner Rogers
College of Liberal Arts
Ph.D. — Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Korean
South Korea
Rogers will be a visiting student at Seoul National University’s Kyujanggak Center for Korean Studies working on his thesis, which examines the dictatorial regime of Park Chung-Hee and the literature that emerged in such a turbulent and defining time for South Korea.

Aliya Sakher
Medical School
Sakher will research the effects of living with kernicterus spectrum disorder (KSD) in a resource-limited setting. KSD results from untreated neonatal jaundice, leading to neurological impairment. She will interview parents and their children who have been affected by KSD in Nigeria, then analyze the interviews to detect common themes and challenges.

Alyson Tisthammer
Medical School
D.P.T. — Physical Therapy
Tisthammer will complete a nine-week rotation in physical therapy through Eduglobal Associates, which places physical therapy students from across the U.S. into one of six clinical sites in Italy under the supervision of a clinical instructor.

* 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.

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

2020 Judd Expo

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