In the face of an unprecedented public health crisis and during a year filled with unforeseen challenges, forty-two Hunter College students and recent graduates received prestigious fellowships and scholarships.
The Hunter College community celebrates Hasani Arnold ’19 and Margarita Labkovich ’17 for being awarded Schwarzman Scholarships; Mahnoor Ali ’22, Mario Altamirano ’21, Jia Qi He ’22, Christian Erwin ’23, Jakub Goclon ’22, Jeremy Millares ’23, Shi Wei Zheng ’23 and Somi Ahmed ’22 for receiving Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships; Tasneem Sultana ’22 for being admitted into the PPIA Junior Summer Institute Fellowship Program; Montserrat Lopez ’22 for being admitted into the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Program; Kendra Cruz ’21, Victoria DiTomasso ’18, and Mauying Alexa Wong ’19 for receiving National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships; Seung-hee Kim ’18 for winning a DAAD Scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service); Abdulla Ahmed ’22, Daniel Hickey ’21 and Salwa Najmi ’21 for being awarded Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships (sponsored by NYU); Klaire Geller ’23 and Jasmine Josefina Mayor ’23 for receiving Jeanette K. Watson Fellowships; Cheryl Chen ’22 and Dora Gelerinter ’22 on being awarded Boren Scholarships; Olivia Faulkner ’21 for winning a Meddeas Scholarship; Soham Ghoshal ’20, Daniela Yakobashvili ’20, Silva Baburyan ’20 and Elise Wang ’21 for receiving Jonas E. Salk Scholarships; Hannah Cao ’21, Jason Nagourney ’21, Saher Rahiel ’21, Lina Rahmani ’21, Noel Sanchez ’19 and Chloe Lee (MFA ’21) for winning Fulbright Scholarships; Samantha Xing ’21 for receiving an NIH Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award; Gustavo Moran ’21 and Andrew Shkreli ’21 for being named New York City Urban Fellows; Swara Patel ’24 for being named a Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leader; Anthony Ritosa ’22 for being awarded a Title VIII Scholarship; Ayisha Siddiqa ’21 for being named a Coro Fellow; Kerin Shilla ’21 for being named a Princeton in Africa Fellow; and Ethan Selig ‘21 for being selected for the North American Language and Culture Assistants Program.
About the Recipients
Hasani Arnold ’19 has been awarded a Schwarzman Scholarship and will be spending a year abroad learning about China’s education system and poverty alleviation efforts. At Hunter, Hasani majored in English Literature and Chinese Language as a member of the Flagship Chinese Honors Program. He studied abroad at National Taiwan University in 2015 as part of an intensive Chinese language program and later at Nanjing University. Hasani has also worked as an intern in Shanghai at the Shanghai Daily newspaper. His time in Taiwan and China fortified his love for Chinese language and culture and made him more interested in human rights and education reform. In the future, Hasani hopes to work as a Chinese linguist. His ultimate goal is to aid individuals from underserved communities in second-language acquisition in order to bolster educational success.
Margarita Labkovich ’17 has been awarded a Schwarzman Scholarship. Margo was a part of Thomas Hunter Honors college with a mini-concentration in Psychology. She chose to major in Biology given her passion for sciences, dedicating three years to research in a neurobiology lab to study neuronal communication between brain regions responsible for fear and safety processing. She was awarded the Jonas E. Salk award for her research and the Theodora Salmon Award for excellence in biological sciences. During her time at Hunter College, she also participated in the JFEW Roosevelt Scholar Program which introduced her to public health and the influence of policy-making on social determinants of health. As a Schwarzman scholar, Margo hopes to learn about Asia, its culture, healthcare, and the force behind its economic and political growth within the current global landscape. She will apply this knowledge towards her work as a future leader within medicine and entrepreneurship, focusing on leveraging innovative medical technology to improve healthcare access.
Mahnoor Ali ’22 received a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. Mahnoor is a Chinese Language and Psychology major and is in the Chinese Flagship program.
Mario Altamirano ’21 received a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship and will be taking Chinese language classes remotely this summer. Mario is a senior at Hunter College double-majoring in Political Science and Chinese. Mario has been a Critical Language Scholarship recipient and is a former Hunter College Public Service Scholar and Flagship Language Student. He now has a full-time job at NY Project Hope, an emotional support helpline that provides crisis counseling to New Yorkers during the COVID-19 pandemic. He plans to travel abroad to Taiwan in 2022 for his capstone year.
Jia Qi He ’22 received a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. Jia is a Computer Science and Chinese Language major and is in the Deadalus Honors Scholar Program.
Christian Erwin ’23 received a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. Christian is a French major.
Jakub Goclon ’22 received a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. Jakub is a Macaulay Honors student and he is in the Chinese Flagship program. His majors are Chemistry and Chinese and he is a Mathematics minor. Following undergrad, he hopes to pursue a PhD in organic chemistry to work in the pharmaceutical research industry.
Jeremy Millares ’23 received a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. Jeremy is a rising Junior at Hunter majoring in Economics. Utilizing Hunter’s Office of Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships for proof reading and essay building, he was able to become a Gilman Scholar. Having that resource allowed him to gain the appropriate funding for studying abroad in Thailand this upcoming spring semester. With that, he hopes to gain strong knowledge of Thai culture and language, to eventually start a non-profit that can act as an avenue to start up smaller businesses, and eventually try to grow the Thai economy.
Shi Wei Zheng ’23 received a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. Shi is a Computer Science Major.
Somi Ahmed ’22 received a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. She is a Hunter-based CUNY BA-Interdisciplinary Major student, and her area of concentration is Environmental Geography and English. She has also received the Guttman Transfer Scholarship and the Community College Partnership Scholarship. She is a member of the Theta Beta English Honor Society (Hunter College’s Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta), Phi Theta Kappa, and Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society. Somi plans to complete her education and pursue a career in government or the nonprofit sector with the goal of making the world a better place for future generations.
Tasneem Sultana ’22 has been admitted into the PPIA Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Fellowship Program. Tasneem is a rising senior at Hunter currently double majoring in Political Science and Economics with a certification in Public Policy and a mini-concentration in English. She is a member of the Thomas Hunter Honors program, JFEW Eleanor Roosevelt Scholar program at Roosevelt House and the Hunter College Pre-Law Society. She is also a student ambassador and a member of the Hunter College Senate. Tasneem is excited to further explore her interests in public policy and law, and she believes this opportunity will allow her to hone her interests and prepare for graduate school.
Montserrat Lopez ’22 has been admitted into the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Program (APSA RBSI). Montserrat is a Roosevelt Scholar at Hunter College (’22), majoring in Political Science with minors in Public Policy and Economics. Born in Mexico, she moved to Queens, New York, at five years old and is now a DACA recipient. Montserrat has experience as an intern in the private and nonprofit sector at the firms Calcaterra Pollack LLP and UnLocal. In addition, she has served as a Senior Health Educator for Peer Health Exchange, a community organizer for El Puente in Williamsburg, and the New York State Youth Leadership Council. She was selected from a nationwide pool of applicants as one of the 15 undergraduate students in the 2021 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI). After undergrad, Montserrat plans to go to law school and further her public interest and public policy drive. She plans to study labor law and migration to bring a nuanced and personal view to economic policy and protect immigrant workers.
Kendra Cruz ’21 has been awarded the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship. Kendra majored in Human Biology and Anthropology at Hunter College. Kendra will travel to Cayo Santiago, a small island off of the coast of Puerto Rico, where she plans to study reproductive energetics in rhesus monkeys. In addition to funding her dissertation, Kendra plans to use her Graduate Research Fellowship to fund an outreach program in her field site where she will practice scientific communication and teach younger students about opportunities in STEM. This fall, she will begin her first semester in the Anthropology PhD program at NYU where her research focus will be primates.
Victoria DiTomasso ’18 has been awarded the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship. Victoria was a physics major in the Macaulay Honors program at Hunter College and an AstroCom NYC fellow. During her time at Hunter, she conducted astronomy research at the American Museum of Natural History and was involved in various programs in the education department, including BridgeUp: STEM and the Youth & Alumni Committee. She also organized the CUNY FemSTEM Hack Day. Victoria won a Fulbright to conduct research for a year in Berlin in 2019-20 and subsequently began a PhD program at Harvard in Astronomy. She is looking forward to continuing her work studying exoplanets with the support of her NSF fellowship.
Mauying Alexa Wong ’19 has been awarded the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship. Alexa came to Hunter in 2017 as a transfer student from Stonybrook University. She majored in Chemistry and conducted research in the Braunschweig Lab for 2.5 years. Alexa was also a McNair Scholar in her junior and senior years. Alexa plans to work at the intersection of research and higher education with an emphasis on increasing the number of women of color in STEM.
Seung Hee Kim ’18 won a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) granting her a two-year Master’s Study Scholarship to study abroad in Germany. Seung Hee pursued her degree in Art History and German in the Macaulay Honors program at Hunter College. During her time abroad, she will be studying at the Universität Heidelberg in the Transcultural Studies program where she hopes to expand her knowledge as an interdisciplinary art historian and cultural critic. In the future, she plans to work in an international capacity at the intersection of economics and the arts, with the goal of empowering marginalized cultures.
Abdulla Ahmed ’22 has been awarded a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship sponsored by Columbia University. Abdulla is a senior at Hunter double majoring in Human Biology and Arabic Language and Culture. He is currently studying at the Qalam wa Lawh Center for Arabic Studies in Rabat, Morocco. From his studies and experiences there, he hopes to gain fluency in the Arabic language which will be of immense benefit in his future career as a Physician Associate (PA) and in serving his community back home in New York City.
Daniel Hickey ’21 has been awarded a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship, sponsored by NYU. Daniel is a senior at Hunter College majoring in religion, Spanish literature and Arabic language and culture. He is also a Mellon Public Humanities Fellow for the 2021-2022 year. Thanks to the FLAS award, Daniel is enjoying his summer speaking Arabic and learning remotely at The American University in Beirut, Lebanon. He hopes that this program will usher in the next set of Arabic skills so that he can begin to use the language professionally and personally.
Salwa Najmi ’21 has been awarded a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship, sponsored by NYU. Salwa is currently a rising senior and Macaulay Honors Scholar. She is majoring in Arabic Language and Culture on the pre-med track. She looks forward to spending this summer immersed in Arabic in order to improve in Modern Standard Arabic as well as the diverse Arabic dialects to serve the heterogeneous Arab populations here and abroad. She will be attending the Icahn School of Medicine following undergrad, and she looks forward to combining my interests in health sciences and public advocacy, particularly for Arabic-speaking populations.
Klaire Geller ’23 has been named a Jeanette K. Watson Fellow. Klaire Geller is an intern at Resilient Cities Catalyst through the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship. As a member of the California Resilience Partnership team at RCC, she assists on efforts to develop new cross-sector partnerships to advance high-impact projects that tackle California’s complex resilience challenges. A Macaulay Honors student at Hunter College double majoring in Political Science and Economics, Klaire has held internships in both the public and nonprofit sectors, including the New York Division of Human Rights, where she supported investigations of discrimination cases, and the New York State Assembly, where she performed policy research and assisted constituents. Through the Watson Fellowship, Klaire is exploring her interests in policy and law, seeking to clarify her career aspirations.
Jasmine Josefina Mayor ’23 received a Jeanette K. Watson Fellowship. Jasmine is a Political Science and English Major, and a student in the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College. This summer she is working as a Public Programs intern with the Museum of the City of New York.
Cheryl Chen ’22 has been awarded a Boren Scholarship. Cheryl is a student in the Macaulay Honors Program double majoring in Chinese and Music, with a minor in Japanese. She applied for the scholarship to fund her capstone year as part of the Chinese Flagship Program. This capstone year will mark her fifth and final year at Hunter, and she is looking forward to being immersed in an all-Chinese environment and improving her language skills. Cheryl is excited to explore a variety of career options and is taking her future one day at a time.
Dora Gelerinter ’22 has been awarded a Boren Scholarship. Dora is a senior and Hunter salutatorian in the Macaulay Honors College and Chinese Flagship Program. She is a double major in English and Chinese and a minor in Spanish. Dora plans to master Mandarin and pursue public interest advocacy work during her Boren year in Taiwan. She is driven by the beauty of cultural exchange and the opportunity to help underserved groups access resources. Her long-term goal is to become an attorney in international or immigration law.
Olivia Faulkner ’21 won a Meddeas Scholarship and will be teaching English at a private school in Madrid, Spain. Olivia earned her Master’s Degree in Adolescent Special Education through NYC Teaching Fellows, an intensive two-year program where she taught full-time in an NYC public school while earning her degree. During her time in the program, she will also be taking a Teaching English as Foreign Language (TEFL) certification course at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya. From the program, she hopes to gain experience teaching English and experience in international education. In addition, it is her long-term goal to teach all over the world and change children’s lives from all walks of life.
Soham Ghoshal ’20 received a Jonas E. Salk Scholarship. She graduated in 2020 from the Macaulay Honors program at Hunter College with a major in Biology and minor in Mathematics. As a first-generation immigrant and the first in her family to attend graduate school, the Salk Award will support Soham and her family by helping to cover the costs of medical school. As a student at Harvard Medical School starting in the fall of 2021, Soham’s goal is to work toward improving health outcomes through a combination of direct patient care and translational research which focuses on disease mechanisms and treatments.
Daniela Yakobashvili ’20 received a Jonas E. Salk Scholarship. Daniela is a Chemistry and Biological Chemistry Major, and she is in the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College.
Silva Baburyan ’20 received a Jonas E. Salk Scholarship. After Silva’s first year at Hunter, she decided to major in Biology. She loved her upper-level courses like immunology and endocrinology. These courses, alongside her experiences volunteering in medically underserved communities, helped solidify her decision to pursue medicine. This fall, she will be starting medical school at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. Winning the Jonas E Salk scholarship will not only help defray the cost of medical school, but will allow Silva to continue pursuing research experiences throughout her medical school career.
Elise Wang ’21 received a Jonas E. Salk Scholarship. She is a Macaulay Honors Scholar majoring in Biology (with a concentration in Behavioral Neurobiology) and minoring in Public Policy. She plans to attend medical school at the University of Rochester next fall. The Jonas E. Salk award will help cover the costs of medical school and inspire her to continue doing research in medical school.
Hannah Cao ’21 won a Fulbright award and will be spending ten months living and teaching in Taiwan. She will also be acting as a cultural ambassador and looks forward to organizing after-school programs for students. Hannah double-majored in Mathematics and Childhood Education. She also speaks three languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, and English. Upon returning to the U.S. Hannah plans to earn master’s degrees in special education and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) as well as a certification in teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). She is interested in working with high-need elementary school students who attend underserved and low-performing public schools.
Jason Nagourney ’21 has been awarded a Fulbright and will spend his year abroad in Lithuania. A student at Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College double-majoring in History and Biology, Jason chose Lithuania based on the extensive historical research he conducted with the Mellon Public Humanities Scholars Program about Eastern European Jewish immigration to New York City. In addition, Jason has received two achievement awards from the Hunter College Biology Department and is a member of multiple fellowships. He also studied abroad in Trinidad and Tobago doing fieldwork research of flora and fauna. In the future, Jason plans to attend medical school at the University of Rochester.
Saher Rahiel ’21 won a Fulbright award and will be teaching English to secondary school children in South Korea. From this experience, she hopes to learn more about pedological methods used in international classrooms and apply them to her future goal of becoming a professor of anthropology. Saher plans to pursue a PhD in Korean cultural anthropology. Saher grew up in a trilingual household and speaks Italian, Russian, and English. Inspired by her mother’s experience as a refugee as well as her own experience growing up in a low-income household, Saher plans to work with refugees and low-income families in Korea and offer free tutoring services at a local community center.
Lina Rahmani ’21 received a Fulbright award and will be teaching at Yalova University in Yalova, Turkey in the coming school year. Lina is a 3rd year 8th grade ELA teacher and is completing her master’s degree in Adolescent Literacy at Hunter College.
Noel Sanchez ‘19 has been awarded a Fulbright award and will be teaching English in the Canary Islands. Noel is a non-binary Afro-latinx youth educator. Noel completed their BA in 2019, double-majoring in Urban Studies and minoring in African/Latinx Studies. As a descendant of the Dominican diaspora, Noel’s experiences inspired them to explore identity politics. Noel works at the Sixth Street Community Center’s Youth Program where they emphasize the importance of self-awareness and self-growth. In the Canary Islands, Noel aims to create a classroom culture where students and teachers learn from each other. Noel hopes that by the end of the year, the students will have a better understanding of what America is like beyond what they have seen on television.
Chloe Lee (MFA ’21) has won a Fulbright award and will be spending her year abroad in Berlin. Chloe is earning her MFA in Integrated Media Arts (IMA) at Hunter. She works in a variety of mediums and curates films and new media programming for the Asian American International Film Festival. In Germany, Chloe will further develop and research her project, Memory Palace, under the mentorship of Anthropologist Dr. Maxime La Calve of Matters of Activity, Cluster of Excellence at Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin. Chloe will investigate the overlap of everyday memories with significant historical moments through Berlin’s atmospheres. Memory Palace will present a novel way of remembering by utilizing virtual reality technology, animation as well as digitally captured images of Germany during her stay.
Samantha Xing ’21 received a NIH Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award. Samantha immigrated to the US from China when she was 4 years old and is the first in her family to attend college. She was a Macaulay Honors Scholar at Hunter and double majored in Biological Sciences and Chinese Language and Literature. During her last four years, she worked part-time as an ophthalmic technician at a private practice, interned in a cancer immunology lab, tutored underclassmen in Chinese and genetics, and volunteered at free cardiovascular screenings in underserved neighborhoods. During her gap year, she will be applying to medical schools while conducting research at the NIH/NIDCR in Bethesda, MD under the Intramural Research Training Award. She hopes to continue engaging in research as a physician to be well-informed of therapies in development that may benefit her future patients.
Gustavo Moran ’21 has been named a New York City Urban Fellow. Gustavo Moran is a first-generation graduate from Hunter College. He completed his bachelor’s degree majoring in Urban Studies and minoring in Political Science and Sociology. He also obtained a public policy certificate from the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. Thanks to the generosity of the Dream.US National Scholarship, Gustavo arrived at Hunter with the resources and mentorship that helped him achieve his goal of pursuing higher education as an undocumented student. While at Hunter, he participated in the Grove Scholars Program, where he learned the importance of the census and the strategies NYC implemented to ensure all New Yorkers were counted by the federal government. Additionally, Gustavo participated in the Mellon Public Humanities Program, where he conducted a year-long research on community land trusts and the state of affordable housing in Sunset Park. He is excited to join the Urban Fellows program this upcoming September to support the city’s recovery efforts and address racial inequalities through policy and community planning. After completing the Urban Fellows Program, Gustavo hopes to continue working in city government and continue pushing for more equitable policies, particularly affordable housing, breaking racial monoliths, and supporting inclusive community planning. In the near future, Gustavo hopes to create a nonprofit that will provide resources and mentorship to children of immigrants to ensure that they are equipped with the tools to prosper and ensure that they have a community in New York City.
Andrew Shkreli ’21 has been named a New York City Urban Fellow. As an undergraduate student at Hunter, Andrew served as co-treasurer and co-president of the Queer Student Union, treasurer and president of the Pre-Law Society, a member of the Roosevelt House Student Advisory Board, and vice president of the English Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta. He completed his undergraduate studies with a major in English Literature, certificate in Human Rights, and minor in Public Policy and was in the Thomas Hunter Honors program. In his junior year at Hunter, Andrew was a finalist for the Truman Scholarship. He hopes to explore economic inequality in New York City, attend law and/or policy school, and one day work as a public defense attorney.
Swara Patel ’24 has been named a Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leader (GTL). She is a rising sophomore and Macaulay Honors Scholar. She is majoring in Biological Sciences and Gender Studies.
Anthony Ritosa ’22 has been awarded a Title VIII Scholarship. One thing that he is looking forward to gaining from the award is more experience with professors to extend his knowledge and to prepare himself for real life situations that a social worker may have to deal with. Anthony plans to complete his degree in social work so that he can help children, older adults, and others in need. He hopes this experience will help with his future career and allow him to create a better lifestyle for his family and give back to those who have helped him.
Ayisha Siddiqa ’21 has been named a Coro Fellow. Ayisha majored in Political Science and English. In addition to being a Coro Fellow, she is a 2021 Munger Tolles and Olson fellow. During her time at Hunter, she was in the Thomas Hunter Honors program and an Edward T. Rogowski Public Scholarship recipient, through which she worked with the NY state Assembly in 2019. The Coro fellowship will allow her to explore various areas of the public sector, specifically environmental justice and get a better understanding of how she can better serve NYC post attaining her J.D. Ayisha is already a prominent environmentalist and abolitionist. In 2019, Ayisha also helped create “Extinction Rebellion Universities,” a branch of XR focused on activating college students to get their universities to divest from fossil fuel. In 2020, she co-founded Polluters Out, a global youth movement calling for the UN and Conference of Parties to completely divest from fossil fuel endorsements. With the help of the Equation Campaign, during the time of COVID, Ayisha helped put together an online climate education course called “Fossil Fuel University.” This series of lectures was designed to allow youth activists on the front lines today to learn from adult mentors who have been in the climate fight for decades.
Kerin Shilla ’21 has been named a Princeton in Africa Fellow. Kerin graduated from Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College with a BA in political science and a minor in international relations. She has accepted a full-time job offer and hopes to persue graduate studies in political science in the fall of 2021. She then hopes to persue a career in global affairs. Kerin is grateful to Hunter’s Political Science Department and the Office of Prestigious Scholarships for supporting her throughout and beyond her undergraduate career.
Ethan Selig ‘21 has been selected for the North American Language and Culture Assistants Program (NALCAP). Ethan double-majored in French and German at Hunter. Sponsored by the Education Office of the Embassy of Spain, NALCAP recipients partner with elementary and secondary schools in Spain to bolster language programs.
About the Awards
The Schwarzman Scholarship is a one-year scholarship to earn a master’s degree at Tsinghua University; the Schwarzman Scholarship is in its 6th year and describes itself as the “Rhodes of China.” Five Hunter students have won the scholarship since its inception in 2016.
The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Is a full tuition, expenses paid scholarship to study abroad. The scholarship targets students who have little or no experience abroad and who are eligible for Federal Pell Grants. This year, the program has been converted to remote language learning.
The PPIA Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Fellowship Program is a graduate-level preparation program for undergraduate juniors committed to public service careers hosted by five universities; Sultana is attending the program at the University of California-Berkeley.
The Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Program is an intensive five-week program at Duke University designed to introduce 20 undergraduates from under-represented racial and ethnic groups to the world of doctoral study in political science.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees in National Science Foundation-supported disciplines within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The program helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. NSF Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 allowance for tuition and fees paid directly to the accredited U.S. institution they choose to attend for their graduate education. Fellows are offered opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research.
The DAAD (“German Academic Exchange Service”) is a joint organization of higher education institutions in Germany to promote international cooperation, including research and degree programs. See-ung Hee Kim will be earning a master’s degree at a German university while studying the theories, methodologies, and history of transcultural studies while focusing on Visual, Media, and Material Culture.
The Foreign Language Area Studies (sponsored by NYU) Fellowship is a year-long fellowship that supports graduate and undergraduate students who will study Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, Persian, Turkish and Urdu as an integral part of an academic program focusing on the Middle East.
The Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship is open to all first- and second-year liberal arts students in CUNY’s senior colleges and a select number of private colleges in the New York metropolitan area. Each participating institution is permitted to nominate up to four students each year. The fellowship provides remarkable students with longitudinal mentoring to help them reflect on their educational and professional aspirations alongside transformative opportunities that expand their vision and potential to become effective and humane leaders. Each year, about 15 students receive three years of funding, an ongoing topical seminar for each cohort, and three consecutive summer experiences, including national and international internships.
The Boren Scholarship provides year-long funding for U.S. undergraduates to study languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, including Africa; Asia; Central and Eastern Europe; Eurasia; Latin America; and the Middle East. Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.
The Meddeas Language Assistant Scholarship Program places recent college graduates in English as a New Language (ENL) classrooms throughout the private school system in Spain. Through this program you gain teaching experience, a full teaching ENL certification, and bolster Spanish language skills.
The Jonas E. Salk Scholarship is awarded annually to eight graduates of CUNY senior colleges who have been accepted by U.S. medical or graduate schools. Awards are based on undergraduate academic performance and scientific research and students’ potential to make significant contributions to medical research. Winners receive a total of $8,000 to help defray the cost of study for M.D. and D.O. degrees as well as doctoral degrees in Biomedical Sciences.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program was established by Congress in 1946 to serve as an exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals undertaking international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. As the largest U.S. exchange program, the Fulbright U.S. Program currently awards approximately 2,000 grants annually in all fields of study and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. From its inception, the Fulbright Program has fostered bilateral relationships in which citizens and governments of other countries work with the U.S. to set joint priorities and shape the program to meet shared needs. The world has been transformed since its inception, but the fundamental principle of international partnership remains at the core of the Fulbright mission.
The NIH Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy/nursing/veterinary, etc.) school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH. Postbac IRTAs/CRTAs work side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.
The New York City Urban Fellows is a highly selective, nine-month fellowship combining work in Mayoral offices and City agencies with volunteer service opportunities and a seminar series that explores current urban issues impacting public policy. The program introduces a diverse group of America’s finest college students and graduates to local government and public service.
The Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leaders (GTLs) consists of 40 global teen leaders gathered virtually to discuss the planet’s most pressing issues. Students represent 16 countries and six continents. Forty teens are chosen for their social good innovations, organizations, projects and promise for a more just, equitable and peaceful future.
The Title VIII Scholarship is the Department of State’s Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program which funds graduate students to study the less commonly taught languages of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Arizona State University’s The Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian & East European Studies; the award is for $7,000 for summer study.
The Coro Fellows Program develops emerging leaders to work and lead across different sectors by equipping them with knowledge, skills, and networks to accelerate positive change.
The North American Language and Culture Assistants Program is sponsored by the Education Office of the Embassy of Spain, NALCAP selects American and Canadian college students and graduates, who are native-like speakers of English and French (in Canada), to partner with elementary and secondary schools in Spain to bolster language programs, as teaching assistants (TAs) under the supervision and guidance of teachers of English or French as a World/Foreign Language.
Princeton in Africa Fellows receive 12 months of room, board and living expenses and are placed in an NGO or non-profit in both urban areas like Johannesburg and Nairobi or in very rural areas with limited resources. They usually work closely with a supervisor but can also work independently. All fellowships are 12 months long and all Fellows are supported by the Princeton in Africa staff, alumni, and other Fellows.