Five Rackham students are among a group of 12 U-M students to receive prestigious national and international fellowships this year. These awards will enable them to continue their studies abroad for much of the coming year, tackling diverse research topics ranging from climate change policy to local languages in Indonesia. The awardees are listed below:
Boren Fellowship for International Study
Boren Fellowships provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests. Fellows agree to work in the federal government for at least one year.
- Linnea Carver is pursuing a dual master’s degree in public policy and environment and sustainability. She will be performing political economy research in Senegal.
- Moniek van Rheenan, a Ph.D. student in anthropology, will be a visiting scholar at the Andalas University in Padang, Indonesia, and the Center for the Study of Islam and Society at Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Jakarta. She’ll study Bahasa Minangkabau, a local Indonesian language spoken primarily in West Sumatra and in the Minangkabau diaspora across the country.
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships
Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships are open to certain Ph.D. students and cover travel, living costs, and research-related expenses for six to 12 months, with the goal of deepening knowledge of areas in the world not generally included in U.S. curricula.
- Katherine Browne, a Ph.D. student in resource policy and behavior, specializes in climate adaptation and climate change policy. She will spend 10 months in Madagascar exploring how climate adaptation is understood and implemented in different political systems and cultures.
- Joshua Greenberg, a Ph.D. student in economics, will spend one year in Uganda carrying out a pilot study of an intervention that fosters increased citizen participation through quarterly reporting meetings with local politicians to discuss health service quality.
- Jo Osborn, a Ph.D. in anthropology, will spend seven months is Chincha, Peru, studying the phenomenon of “specialized economies” in pre-Hispanic Peru, in which individual communities were dedicated to certain types of economic activities, like fishing or agriculture.