The Department of International Studies offers awards to support graduate student professional development, e.g., research related activities, presentations at conferences, or other enrichment opportunities.
George & Conni Slape Fellowship
This fellowship is awarded competitively twice a year to support graduate student international research and/or internship activities. Slape Fellowships are designed to support international research and/or internship related travel expenses up to $1000.
Past George & Conni Slape Fellowship Award Winners
- Deborah Sharp Fall 2009 “Responsibility, Participation, and Social Engagement: Women’s capacity‐building programs in Johannesburg, South Africa”
- Paula Sue Grimes Spring 2010 “HIV AIDS in Zimbabwe: How are women with disabilities responding to the AIDS crisis in their communities?”
- Genevieve Beecher Fall 2010 “Second Language Education in China (Heritage Learners)”
- Laura Massengale Spring 2011 “Gendered Identities and Associational Life among the Peul in Paris”
- Kate Faris Spring 2012 “Imagining an Alternative Life: Youth Workers and the Creative Arts in Bogotá, Colombia”
- Elizabeth Miskell Spring 2012 “Research in Mexico”
- Sara Clark, Fall 2012 “Host Mother Perspectives from Costa Rica: Cultural Exchange & Women’s Empowerment” (Summer 2013)
- Amy Price Spring 2013 “Research into the Cut Flower Industry in Colombia” Summer 2013
- Najla Sabri, Spring 2014 Najla’s research explores the relationship between entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment. Najla travels to Afghanistan in summer 2014 to begin her research, exploring the ways in which female entrepreneurs challenge social and cultural norms in a conservative and patriarchal society like Afghanistan.
Thurber Awards, funded by the estate of the late Professor Clancy Thurber (a founder of our program), are a key resource for professional development expenses.
Thurber Awards are allocated on a non-competitive basis. Each graduate student in the program is guaranteed up to $1000 in support through Thurber funds with qualifying documentation (previous Thurber awards will be counted towards this amount).
In order to access these funds, students must use the online form to apply for Thurber monies, have it approved by the Graduate Director, and agree to submit appropriate documentation in regards to the use of funds. Please note that original receipts are required for reimbursement.