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: Laura Sherar, 612-626-9123, lsherar@umn.edu

Guidelines

Description of Award

Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on February 12, 2020. Awards will be announced in early April 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.

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

The application will open in December 2019.


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.

2019 Judd Fellows

Eighteen graduate and professional degree students were awarded fellowships in 2019 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.

Katherine Beck-Esmay
Medical School – M.D.
Kenya
Beck-Esmay will intern with Organic Health Response, a community resilience organization in Mfangano Island, Kenya. She will work on their newest project, “the North Minneapolis - Mfangano, Kenya Exchange Program,” which involves developing an internship exchange for youth from both communities who are passionate about community health and food sustainability.

Linnea Graham
College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences
M.S. Applied Economics – Development & Agricultural Economics
Italy
Graham will intern with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations. During her internship she will contribute to the development of an impact assessment with the Research and Impact Assessment Division of the agency.

Kia Her
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
M.D.P. **
Nepal
As part of a team of students, Her will intern with Women Acting Together for Change (WATCH) in Nepal. The organization facilitates opportunities for women to raise awareness, organize, dialogue, build capacity, and take action on issues that matter to them. The team will collaborate with WATCH to identify recommendations and a plan for implementation to empower women’s agency using systems thinking, modeling, and evaluation targeted to increase women’s financial literacy, enhance rural enterprise development, and support agricultural development.

Madison Holtze
College of Liberal Arts
M.M. – Vocal Performance
Austria
Holtze will sing and study at the Mozarteum International Summer Academy of Music for Vocal instruction. She will take individual voice lessons from resident artists, sing in master classes, and have the opportunity to sing in recitals by audition.

Mary Ellen (Ellie) Krienke
Medical School
M.D. – Primary care and infections diseases
Colombia
Krienke will research Dengue fever in Cali, Colombia, where the Dengue fever prevalence rate is among the highest in South America. The research will be conducted using a portable ultrasound to assess for plasma leakage in Dengue fever. Krienke’s goal is to determine whether this will improve outcomes for patients with severe Dengue while reducing healthcare costs.

Christina Licari
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
M.D.P. – Program evaluation **
Nepal
As part of a team of students, Licari will intern with Women Acting Together for Change (WATCH) in Nepal. The organization facilitates opportunities for women to raise awareness, organize, dialogue, build capacity, and take action on issues that matter to them. The team will collaborate with WATCH to identify recommendations and a plan for implementation to empower women’s agency using systems thinking, modeling, and evaluation targeted to increase women’s financial literacy, enhance rural enterprise development, and support agricultural development.

Megan Lucas
Medical School
M.D. – Pediatrics, global health
Guatemala
Lucas will attend the Pop Wuj Medical Spanish Program in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. The program involves daily one-on-one Spanish instruction with a focus on medical Spanish, lectures on cultural sensitivity, medical conferences, volunteering in the Pop Wuj clinic (staffed by local physicians), homestay with a Guatemalan family, and other activities in the area. 

Zoe Masterpole
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
M.D.P. – Agriculture **
Indonesia
Masterpole (with Judd Fellows Teleposky and Thompson) will conduct an evaluation of small holder farmers in Indonesia. The evaluation will be done alongside the non-governmental organization Rainforest Alliance, which is currently working on granting the certification to smallholder wood producers in Lampung, Indonesia. The certification of smallholder forestry producers enables them to supply their materials to IKEA, which aims to source more materials from certified producers as part of its Forest Positive Commitment.

Ryan McMahon
Medical School
M.D. – Ophthalmology
India
McMahon will participate in a clinical rotation with Child Family Health International as part of the “Sight for All - Ophthalmology” program. McMahon will work alongside practicing ophthalmologists to help restore eyesight to individuals with preventable blindness.

Erica Rapheal
School of Public Health
MPH Epidemiology – Infectious disease & international health
Thailand
Rapheal will research the transmission and circulation of three mosquito-borne flaviviruses (Dengue, Zika, and Japanese Encephalitis) among expatriates in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand. Her role will primarily be to help with recruitment of participants, data collection, and data analysis.

Michelle Rodenburg
Law School
J.D. – International law
Cambodia
Rodenburg will intern in the Office of the International Co-Prosecutor in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

Ryan Rowe
College of Liberal Arts
M.M. – Vocal Performance
Poland
Rowe will conduct biographical, historical, and ethnographic research on performance practices of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Polish art song. He will also enroll in a postgraduate program in Vocal Studies at the Academy of Music, where he will create a guide on performance practice and Polish diction, accompanied with historical information on the composition, composer, and poet, a recording of the repertoire studied, and catalog the art songs into a free, online database for art song repertoire focused on recital planning and promoting repertoire by poet, thematic links, or utility. 

Waogwende Leonce Song-Naba
Medical School – M.D.
Uganda
Song-Naba will study the healthcare system and administration in Uganda. The primary objective of this project is to learn about the level of development, obstacles, and opportunities for improvement in their healthcare system. The secondary objective is to learn about research practices, mainly focusing on sickle cell disease and malaria.

Diksha Srishyla*
School of Public Health
M.P.H. – Epidemiology
Uganda
Srishyla will collect and analyze data on longitudinal neurocognitive outcomes in a Phase III clinical trial comparing traditional amphotericin B treatment and liposomal amphotericin B, a short course alternative treatment for cryptococcal meningitis (CM). Neurocognitive outcomes are one indicator of efficacy of new treatments for CM because they substantially contribute to global morbidity imposed by HIV and associated opportunistic infections.

Emily Teleposky
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
M.D.P. – Economic development **
Indonesia
Teleposky (with Judd Fellows Masterpole and Thompson) will conduct an evaluation of small holder farmers in Indonesia. The evaluation will be done alongside the non-governmental organization Rainforest Alliance, which is currently working on granting the certification to smallholder wood producers in Lampung, Indonesia. The certification of smallholder forestry producers enables them to supply their materials to IKEA, which aims to source more materials from certified producers as part of its Forest Positive Commitment.

Joshua Thompson
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
M.D.P. – Agricultural development **
Indonesia
Thompson (with Judd Fellows Masterpole and Teleposky) will conduct an evaluation of small holder farmers in Indonesia. The evaluation will be done alongside the non-governmental organization Rainforest Alliance, which is currently working on granting the certification to smallholder wood producers in Lampung, Indonesia. The certification of smallholder forestry producers enables them to supply their materials to IKEA, which aims to source more materials from certified producers as part of its Forest Positive Commitment.

Emily Tran
College of Pharmacy
Pharm. D. – Global health
Mexico
Tran will participate in a student exchange program under the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation, which arranges for pharmacy students to work and shadow pharmacists in another country. As an exchange student, she will learn about hospital pharmacy operations in another country and experience language immersion.

Richie Houhong Xu
School of Public Health
M.P.H.
China
Xu will conduct a formal needs assessment to inform the development of a health education resource that is both relatable and credible for Chinese men who have sex with men (MSM). With the aid of MSM advocacy community-based organizations, he will purposefully recruit a diverse sample of MSM to ascertain information needs and most effective modes of information delivery.

* 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 meaka@umn.edu.

Past Issues

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

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 Laura Sherar at lsherar@umn.edu.