Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship

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The Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowships have been awarded for the 2024 application cycle. Check out the newest cohort of SKJ Fellows below!

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In memory of Scott Kloeck-Jenson, a scholar dedicated to global peace and justice, the Institute for Regional and International Studies annually offers two awards: the SKJ Pre-Dissertation Travel Fellowships to support overseas travel to potential field research sites for doctoral students and the SKJ International Internship Fellowships to support graduate students (working towards a doctorate) interested in undertaking practitioner internships.

Eligibility:

SKJ Pre-Dissertation Travel Fellowships are available to students of any nationality who are enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and are planning to conduct preliminary dissertation field research abroad.

SKJ International Internship Fellowships are available to students of any nationality who are enrolled in any graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (working towards a doctorate) and are planning to spend a summer working as an intern with an organization abroad.

Those enrolled in terminal master’s degree programs are not eligible for either award.

Award Details:

Amount awarded will depend on the proposed destination and time spent abroad. Awardees are encouraged to spend approximately 10 weeks in the field (outside the United States) but are required to spend a minimum of 8 weeks in the field. Time abroad outside the summer months will be considered though applicants should address these circumstances in their statement and should have his/her advisor address them in their letter of recommendation as well. Projects should include a social justice component (see below).

Award amounts vary year-to-year, based on time spent in the field, and depending on destination but have averaged $4,500 over the past few years.

Due to a change in UW-Madison policy, awardees who have non-resident alien status will have taxes deducted from their award amount prior to payout. All other recipients will receive their awards through the Bursar’s scholarship system: if you have an outstanding balance on your student account all or part of your award may be used to pay that balance before being disbursed to you.

Also, please keep in mind that though changing proposed travel dates after receiving an offer is allowable; if that change results in a reduction in your time spent abroad, the award amount will be reduced proportionally.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Submit an application packet as a single pdf to skj@iris.wisc.edu. Your application packet should include the following:

  1. Cover sheet clearly listing the following: your name; campus ID; email address; department of study & current degree program; which award you are applying for (travel or internship); proposed destination; proposed departure and return dates (be specific); other sources of support received or applied for (for the proposed work); a brief statement of language competency (as appropriate); and the names, departmental affiliation, and email addresses of your two recommenders (see below), indicating which is your advisor;
  2. A project statement (750-word maximum) – statements should clearly address the specific work applicants intend to undertake during their time abroad – pre-dissertation travel proposals should include how the proposed fieldwork fits your overall research plan, prior experience in the country/region, and itinerary (as appropriate); international internship proposals should include details of how an internship experience would fit applicant’s research agenda, future plans, the type of internship the applicant is pursuing (including an initial list of institutions or organizations that may serve as host, you do not need to have secured the internship at the time of application), and contributions the applicant plans to make to the organization/s;
  3. A rough, proposed budget for the time abroad (including airfare, in-country living & travel expenses, research expenses, etc);
  4. A brief (approximately 250 words) summary statement of how your proposed work will address and engage issues of social justice (guidance on what is meant by social justice can be found below);
  5. A copy of your UW-Madison student record or transcript and, if appropriate, graduate transcript/s for courses taken at other institutions. Unofficial transcripts are fine.
  6. Arrange for two (2) letters of recommendation, one of which must come from the applicant’s advisor. We recommend applicants contact their references before listing them in their applications. Letters of recommendation should arrive as pdfs, on letterhead and signed, and be sent directly to skj@iris.wisc.edu.

Social Justice:

Scott Kloeck-Jenson’s commitment to social justice in the broadest sense inspired the creators of this fellowship program to seek to support UW-Madison graduate students who share Scott’s belief that all research into the lives of disadvantaged persons or into the conditions that cause inequality and suffering around the world will form a part – large or small – of a cumulative process by which the world will become fairer and lives better. As such, many kinds of international research are about social justice by Scott’s own definition. We urge potential applicants to take Scott’s inspiration and this call for applications as an invitation to think through the social justice implications of their anticipated project and to apply for support whether their work is action-oriented and reformist (i.e., in the classic social justice tradition) or addresses in any fashion at all and in any discipline important problems faced by disadvantaged persons and communities outside the United States.

Important travel guidance:

UW-Madison Travel Policy precludes university-affiliated student travel to locations that are under a current U.S. Department of State (DoS) Level 3 or Level 4 advisory designation, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Warning Level 3 notice, and locations specifically designated as a “Travel Warning” location by the Provost. To read this policy and potentially request a waiver, see information on UW-Madison International Safety and Security website. Students hoping to travel to a location currently under a travel advisory are allowed to apply for a Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship but it is the responsibility of awardees to secure any necessary waivers via the UW-Madison’s international travel policy. Notice that the above information applies to your planned travel if any part of your itinerary takes you through an area that is under a travel advisory. Also, please note that health insurance is required per UW policy and proof of coverage will be required of awardees. Questions regarding the UW-Madison travel policy should be directed to Ron Machoian, the UW-Madison ISSD, who can be contacted at ronald.machoian@wisc.edu, or at 608.890.2446.

2024 Fellows

Kwaku Mintah Danquah

Credentials: Liberia

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2024 SKJ Fellow

Magna Mohapatra

Credentials: India

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2024 SKJ Fellow

Bidisha Mukherjee

Credentials: India

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2024 SKJ Fellow

Anika Rice

Credentials: Guatemala

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2024 SKJ Fellow

Rachel Tan

Credentials: Mexico

Address:
2024 SKJ Fellow

2023 Fellows

Anupama Kumar

Credentials: India

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2023 SKJ Fellow

Joonwoo Lee

Credentials: South Korea

Address:
2023 SKJ Fellow

Francisco Hernández Moleres

Credentials: France

Address:
2023 SKJ Fellow

Fauziyatu Moro

Credentials: United Kingdom & Ghana

Address:
2023 SKJ Fellow

Alex Paradowski

Credentials: Poland

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2023 SKJ Fellow

Sahil Sasidharan

Credentials: India

Address:
2023 SKJ Fellow

2022 Fellows

Saloni Bhogale

Credentials: India

Address:
2022 SKJ Fellow

Kathleen Cawley

Credentials: Ireland

Address:
2022 SKJ Fellow

Harry Kiiru

Credentials: Kenya

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2022 SKJ Fellow

Prerna Rana

Credentials: India

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2022 SKJ Fellow

Pamela Reyes-Galgani

Credentials: Chile

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2022 SKJ Fellow

Sarah Tolbert

Credentials: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Address:
2022 SKJ Fellow

Meredith Whye

Credentials: Kenya

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2022 SKJ Fellow

2021 Fellows

Yaa Oparebea Ampofo

Credentials: Ghana

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2021 SKJ Fellow

Corinne Hale

Credentials: Haiti

Address:
2021 SKJ Fellow

Wongeun Ji

Credentials: South Korea

Address:
2021 SKJ Fellow

Dorothy Lsoto

Credentials: Uganda

Address:
2021 SKJ Fellow

2020 Fellows

Aman Abhishek

Credentials: India

Address:
2020 SKJ Fellow

Tanya Carney

Credentials: Senegal

Address:
2020 SKJ Fellow

Kevin Inks

Credentials: India

Address:
2020 SKJ Fellow

Claudia M. Triana

Credentials: Mexico

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2020 SKJ Fellow

Valeriia Umanets

Credentials: Russia

Address:
2020 SKJ Fellow

2019 Fellows

Aida Arosoaie

Credentials: Indonesia

Address:
2019 SKJ Fellow

Sooji Kim

Credentials: Tanzania

Address:
2019 SKJ Fellow

Ana Paula Melo

Credentials: Brazil

Address:
2019 SKJ Fellow

Ngonidzashe Mpofu

Credentials: Australia & New Zealand

Address:
2019 SKJ Fellow

Kaden Paulson-Smith

Credentials: United Kingdom

Address:
2019 SKJ Fellow

Lisa de Sousa Dias

Credentials: Mozambique

Address:
2019 SKJ Fellow

Stepha Velednitsky

Credentials: Israel

Address:
2019 SKJ Fellow

Jiangjiang Wu

Credentials: China

Address:
2019 SKJ Fellow

Ei Thin Zar

Credentials: Burma

Address:
2019 SKJ Fellow

2018 Fellows

Juliana Brandão

Credentials: Brazil

Address:
2018 SKJ Fellow

Kurt Kuehne

Credentials: Singapore

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2018 SKJ Fellow

Tyler A. Lehrer

Credentials: Thailand

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2018 SKJ Fellow

Olayinka Olagbegi-Adegbite

Credentials: Nigeria

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2018 SKJ Fellow

Hugh Roland

Credentials: Kiribati

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2018 SKJ Fellow

Angela Serrano

Credentials: Columbia

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2018 SKJ Fellow

Adalbert Gerald Soosai Raj

Credentials: India

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2018 SKJ Fellow

Irène Tombo

Credentials: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

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2018 SKJ Fellow

Pearly Wong

Credentials: Nepal

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2018 SKJ Fellow

2017 Fellows

Saeedeh Asadipour

Credentials: Lebanon

Address:
2017 SKJ Fellow

Stephanie du Chatellier

Credentials: Thailand

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2017 SKJ Fellow

Sara Farsiu

Credentials: Germany

Address:
2017 SKJ Fellow

David Greenwood-Sanchez

Credentials: Mexico

Address:
2017 SKJ Fellow

Youbin Kang

Credentials: Bangladesh

Address:
2017 SKJ Fellow

Niwaeli Kimambo

Credentials: Tanzania & Switzerland

Address:
2017 SKJ Fellow

Nick Lally

Credentials: United Kingdom

Address:
2017 SKJ Fellow

Lauren Lauter

Credentials: India

Address:
2017 SKJ Fellow

Matt Venker

Credentials: Myanmar

Address:
2017 SKJ Fellow

2016 Fellows

Puttaporn Areeprachakun

Credentials: Thailand

Address:
2016 SKJ Fellow

Wanjing Chen

Credentials: Laos

Address:
2016 SKJ Fellow

Nicolle Etchart

Credentials: Ecuador

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2016 SKJ Fellow

Etienne Fluet-Chouinard

Credentials: Italy

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2016 SKJ Fellow

Lin Li

Credentials: Japan

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2016 SKJ Fellow

Mridu Markan

Credentials: India

Address:
2016 SKJ Fellow

Catriona Miller

Credentials: Cambodia

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2016 SKJ Fellow

Ruth Trumble

Credentials: Serbia

Address:
2016 SKJ Fellow

Fernanda Villarroel

Credentials: Nigeria

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2016 SKJ Fellow

Allen Xiao

Credentials: Nigeria

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2016 SKJ Fellow

2015 Fellows

Selah Agaba

Credentials: Uganda

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2015 SKJ Fellow

Ritodhi Chakraborty

Credentials: India

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2015 SKJ Fellow

Michael Hayata

Credentials: Japan

Address:
2015 SKJ Fellow

Ming Hu

Credentials: China

Address:
2015 SKJ Fellow

Rachel Jacobs

Credentials: Cambodia

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2015 SKJ Fellow

Madelaine L'Esperance

Credentials: Peru

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2015 SKJ Fellow

Neeranooch Malangpoo

Credentials: Myanmar

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2015 SKJ Fellow

Elsa Noterman

Credentials: Denmark

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2015 SKJ Fellow

Isabel Pike

Credentials: Kenya

Address:
2015 SKJ Fellow

Mariam Sedighi

Credentials: Iran

Address:
2015 SKJ Fellow

Rachel Silver

Credentials: Malawi

Address:
2015 SKJ Fellow

2014 Fellows

Richardson Addai-Mununkum

Credentials: Ghana

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2014 SKJ Fellow

Irene Ann Resenly

Credentials: Germany

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2014 SKJ Fellow

Jordan Baskerville

Credentials: Thailand

Address:
2014 SKJ Fellow

Jennifer Estes

Credentials: Cambodia

Address:
2014 SKJ Fellow

William Green

Credentials: Cambodia

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2014 SKJ Fellow

Ellen Hebden

Credentials: Mozambique

Address:
2014 SKJ Fellow

Christopher Kirchgasler

Credentials: Kenya

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2014 SKJ Fellow

Stephanie Koning

Credentials: Thailand

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2014 SKJ Fellow

Martina Kunovic

Credentials: Cuba

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2014 SKJ Fellow

Jessica L'Roe

Credentials: Uganda

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2014 SKJ Fellow

Lili Liang

Credentials: China

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2014 SKJ Fellow

Katherine Lieder

Credentials: India

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2014 SKJ Fellow

Jaclyn Michael

Credentials: India

Address:
2014 SKJ Fellow

Marta-Laura Suska

Credentials: Brazil

Address:
2014 SKJ Fellow

Mikaela Weisse

Credentials: Peru

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2014 SKJ Fellow

2013 Fellows

Linda Chhath

Credentials: Cambodia

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2013 SKJ Fellow

Yue Du

Credentials: China

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2013 SKJ Fellow

Chisato Fukuda

Credentials: Mongolia

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2013 SKJ Fellow

Qing He

Credentials: China

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2013 SKJ Fellow

Annabel Ipsen

Credentials: Chile

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2013 SKJ Fellow

Christine Jeske

Credentials: South Africa

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2013 SKJ Fellow

Samantha Vortherms

Credentials: Hong Kong & China

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2013 SKJ Fellow

Patrick William Otim

Credentials: Uganda

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2013 SKJ Fellow

2012 Fellows

David Bresnahan

Credentials: Kenya & Tanzania

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2012 SKJ Fellow

Erin Kitchell

Credentials: Senegal

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2012 SKJ Fellow

Vijay Limaye

Credentials: India

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2012 SKJ Fellow

Julian Lynch

Credentials: India

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2012 SKJ Fellow

Nancy Rydberg

Credentials: Uganda

Address:
2012 SKJ Fellow

Bethany Wilinski

Credentials: Ethiopia

Address:
2012 SKJ Fellow

2011 Fellows

Kim Johnson

Credentials: Thailand

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2011 SKJ Fellow

Monica Ledesma

Credentials: Ireland

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2011 SKJ Fellow

Aliza Luft

Credentials: France

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2011 SKJ Fellow

Adedoyin Ogunfeyimi

Credentials: Nigeria

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2011 SKJ Fellow

Taylor Price

Credentials: Namibia

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2011 SKJ Fellow

Prakirati Satasut

Credentials: Thailand

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2011 SKJ Fellow

John Stavrellis

Credentials: India

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2011 SKJ Fellow

Ryan Wolfson-Ford

Credentials: Laos

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2011 SKJ Fellow

2010 Fellows

Barry Driscoll

Credentials: Ghana

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2010 SKJ Fellow

Madeleine Fairbairn

Credentials: Mozambique

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2010 SKJ Fellow

Yeri Lopez

Credentials: Bolivia

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2010 SKJ Fellow

Peter Nasuti

Credentials: Georgia

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2010 SKJ Fellow

Kweku Opuku-Agyemang

Credentials: Ghana

Address:
2010 SKJ Fellow

Noah Theriault

Credentials: Philippines

Address:
2010 SKJ Fellow

2009 Fellows

Adam Auerbach

Credentials: India

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2009 SKJ Fellow

Brian Ekdale

Credentials: Kenya

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2009 SKJ Fellow

Jason Hopper

Credentials: Bhutan

Address:
2009 SKJ Fellow

Lisa Jackson

Credentials: Honduras

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2009 SKJ Fellow

Micah Morton

Credentials: Thailand

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2009 SKJ Fellow

Miriam Thangaraj

Credentials: India

Address:
2009 SKJ Fellow

Melissa Tully

Credentials: Kenya

Address:
2009 SKJ Fellow

Trevor Young-Hyman

Credentials: Switzerland

Address:
2009 SKJ Fellow

Cai Zuo

Credentials: China

Address:
2009 SKJ Fellow

2008 Fellows

Özlem Altiok

Credentials: Turkey

Address:
2008 SKJ Fellow

Karin Butterworth

Credentials: Kenya

Address:
2008 SKJ Fellow

Sarbani Chakraborty

Credentials: India

Address:
2008 SKJ Fellow

Huai-Hsuan Chen

Credentials: China

Address:
2008 SKJ Fellow

Joseph Harris

Credentials: South Africa

Address:
2008 SKJ Fellow

Kristen Molyneaux

Credentials: Uganda

Address:
2008 SKJ Fellow

Erika Robb Larkins

Credentials: Brazil

Address:
2008 SKJ Fellow

Catherine Sikubwabo Honeyman

Credentials: Rwanda

Address:
2008 SKJ Fellow

2007 Fellows

Yousun Chung

Credentials: China

Address:
2007 SKJ Fellow

Michelle Gooch

Credentials: Kenya

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2007 SKJ Fellow

Kate Hiester

Credentials: Vietnam

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2007 SKJ Fellow

Po-Yi Hung

Credentials: China

Address:
2007 SKJ Fellow

Jessica Krug

Credentials: Angola

Address:
2007 SKJ Fellow

Jennifer Petersen

Credentials: Rwanda

Address:
2007 SKJ Fellow

Matt Sienkiewicz

Credentials: West Bank

Address:
2007 SKJ Fellow

Maria Teresa Melgar

Credentials: Philippines

Address:
2007 SKJ Fellow

2006 Fellows

Sarinna Areethamsirikul

Credentials: Indonesia

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2006 SKJ Fellow

Sarah Besky

Credentials: India

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2006 SKJ Fellow

Cleo Calimbahin

Credentials: Philippines

Address:
2006 SKJ Fellow

Alice Kang

Credentials: Niger & Benin

Address:
2006 SKJ Fellow

Alexander Nading

Credentials: Nicaragua

Address:
2006 SKJ Fellow

Natalie Porter

Credentials: Vietnam

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2006 SKJ Fellow

2005 Fellows

Dixie Beadle

Credentials: Uganda

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2005 SKJ Fellow

James Hoesterey

Credentials: Indonesia

Address:
2005 SKJ Fellow

Shazia Iftkhar

Credentials: France

Address:
2005 SKJ Fellow

Eunsook Jung

Credentials: Indonesia

Address:
2005 SKJ Fellow

Chaitanya Lakkimsetti

Credentials: India

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2005 SKJ Fellow

Amy Quark

Credentials: Benin

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2005 SKJ Fellow

César Rodríguez

Credentials: Argentina

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2005 SKJ Fellow

Susan Rottmann

Credentials: Turkey

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2005 SKJ Fellow

Heather Sonntag

Credentials: Russia

Address:
2005 SKJ Fellow

Jennifer Ziemke

Credentials: Angola

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2005 SKJ Fellow

2004 Fellows

Robyn Autry

Credentials: South Africa

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2004 SKJ Fellow

Scott Carney

Credentials: India

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2004 SKJ Fellow

David Garber

Credentials: India

Address:
2004 SKJ Fellow

Hui-Jung Kim

Credentials: Korea & Singapore

Address:
2004 SKJ Fellow

Mark Kramer

Credentials: Philippines

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2004 SKJ Fellow

Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu

Credentials: Malawi

Address:
2004 SKJ Fellow

Jelena Subotic

Credentials: Serbia & Montenegro

Address:
2004 SKJ Fellow

2003 Fellows

Paul Bjerk

Credentials: Tanzania

Address:
2003 SKJ Fellow

Kelley Cormier

Credentials: Kyrgyzstan

Address:
2003 SKJ Fellow

Kelly Duke

Credentials: Senegal

Address:
2003 SKJ Fellow

Anthony Evenson

Credentials: India

Address:
2003 SKJ Fellow

Bret Johnston

Credentials: Thailand & Laos

Address:
2003 SKJ Fellow

Dimitri Kessler

Credentials: China

Address:
2003 SKJ Fellow

Shawn Marie Boyne

Credentials: Germany

Address:
2003 SKJ Fellow

Kristin Phillips

Credentials: Tanzania

Address:
2003 SKJ Fellow

Tyrone Siren

Credentials: Cambodia

Address:
2003 SKJ Fellow

2002 Fellows

Ahmadou Bamba Diop

Credentials: Guinea & Senegal

Address:
2002 SKJ Fellow

Kimberly Coulter

Credentials: Germany

Address:
2002 SKJ Fellow

Rachel DeMotts

Credentials: Namibia

Address:
2002 SKJ Fellow

Lynn Fredriksson

Credentials: East Timor

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2002 SKJ Fellow

Emilie M. Hafner-Burton

Credentials: Switzerland

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2002 SKJ Fellow

Paul Schaefer

Credentials: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia & Serbia

Address:
2002 SKJ Fellow

Atsushi Tajima

Credentials: Japan

Address:
2002 SKJ Fellow

Molly Todd

Credentials: Costa Rica

Address:
2002 SKJ Fellow

Ben Winig

Credentials: Switzerland

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2002 SKJ Fellow

2001 Fellows

Melinda Adams

Credentials: Nigeria & Cameroon

Address:
2001 SKJ Fellow

Desmond Arias

Credentials: Brazil

Address:
2001 SKJ Fellow

Dimitri Kessler

Credentials: China

Address:
2001 SKJ Fellow

Madhavi Mallapragada

Credentials: India

Address:
2001 SKJ Fellow

Lawrence Markowitz

Credentials: Uzbekistan & Tajikistan

Address:
2001 SKJ Fellow

Oghenetoja Okoh

Credentials: Ghana

Address:
2001 SKJ Fellow

Noah Rost

Credentials: Croatia

Address:
2001 SKJ Fellow

Fadjar Thufail

Credentials: Indonesia & the Philippines

Address:
2001 SKJ Fellow

2000 Fellows

Rachel DeMotts

Credentials: South Africa

Address:
2000 SKJ Fellow

Mara Goldman

Credentials: Tanzania

Address:
2000 SKJ Fellow

Eli Rubin

Credentials: Germany

Address:
2000 SKJ Fellow

Tyrone Siren

Credentials: Cambodia

Address:
2000 SKJ Fellow

Aloke Thakore

Credentials: India

Address:
2000 SKJ Fellow

Michiko Tsuneda

Credentials: Thailand

Address:
2000 SKJ Fellow

Kristen Velyvis

Credentials: Senegal & The Gambia

Address:
2000 SKJ Fellow

Stephen Volz

Credentials: Botswana & South Africa

Address:
2000 SKJ Fellow