Category: Awards & Grants

Carnegie Corporation awards $1 million to CREECA

The Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY) announced the University of Wisconsin–Madison as a recipient of a $1 million grant to strengthen the study of Russia at U.S. universities.

The grant from the Carnegie Corporation will encourage universities to enhance Russian programs, research and outreach, as well as promote collaboration with the Russian academic community. Theodore Gerber, director of the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) and professor of sociology, is the principal investigator for the successful grant proposal.

“I believe we have the greatest concentration of social scientists working on Russia in the country,” said Gerber. “The grant will allow us to fill a few gaps, build an even stronger program and publicize the Wisconsin brand.”

Ted Gerber

Theodore Gerber, director of CREECA, is the principal investigator for the successful grant proposal.

Gerber and his colleagues plan to use funds from the grant to help establish a tenure-track faculty position for an economist specializing in Russia in the Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics. Continue reading

UW’s Tripp to lead team examining role of women in peace-building in Africa

An international team of experienced researchers will examine women’s role in peace-building in Africa, supported by $961,600 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Aili Mari Tripp

Aili Mari Tripp

 The two-year project, which begins July 1, will be administered by the Center for Research on Gender and Women at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and led by Aili Mari Tripp, UW–Madison professor of Political Science and Gender and Women’s Studies.

The project consortium also includes the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway, and Isis-Women’s International Cross-Cultural Exchange, in Kampala, Uganda.

The researchers include scholars and women’s rights activists from Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Norway, United States and Finland. They will be conducting research in Somalia, Algeria, northern Nigeria, South Sudan, and Sudan. Continue reading

21 UW-Madison students awarded 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants

Twenty-one University of Wisconsin–Madison students have been awarded 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants, the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

These students are among more than 1,900 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and provide expertise abroad for the 2016-2017 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the country’s flagship program for international exchange. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and leadership in their respective fields.

The program, which provides recipients with funding for a full academic year of study, research or assistant teaching abroad, is sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, with significant contributions from participating governments and host institutions.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 370,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists opportunities to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

UW–Madison has been among the leading U.S. research institutions producing Fulbright fellows and scholars. In the most recent round, UW–Madison produced 60 applications, with 34 chosen as semi-finalists, including 21 finalists, who have been offered and accepted grants. Continue reading

9 UW-Madison students receive U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarships

Nine students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have been awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) to study critical needs languages during the summer of 2016.

These students are among approximately 560 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students nationally selected to participate in the 2016 program. CLS participants will spend eight to 10 weeks in intensive language institutes in 24 locations, studying Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

The Critical Language Scholarship Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. The fully-funded program provides intensive group language instruction and structured cultural-enrichment experiences. Participants are expected to continue their language study and apply their critical language skills in their future careers. Continue reading

Five UW-Madison students receive Boren awards for 2016-17 study abroad

Five University of Wisconsin–Madison undergraduates are receiving David L. Boren Scholarships to fund their study abroad during the 2016-17 academic year.

Boren Scholarships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), a federal initiative designed to broaden the pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills.

Boren Scholarships provide U.S. undergraduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of the nation. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work for at least one year in a federal government position with national security responsibilities.

“The National Security Education Program is helping change the U.S. higher education system and the way Americans approach the study of foreign languages and cultures,” says NSEP Director Michael A. Nugent. Continue reading

CALS awards scholarships to students for summer 2016 study abroad

Students from the University of Wisconsin–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) preparing to study abroad this summer were among those awarded scholarships at the spring 2016 International Division Scholarship Award Ceremony on April 19, at the Gordon Dining and Event Center.

The event – hosted by the UW–Madison International Division and organized by International Academic Programs (IAP), the Division’s study abroad unit – brought together students, parents, donors, UW–Madison faculty and staff.

Students, donors, parents, UW faculty and staff were invited to celebrate the generous financial aids given to students planning to travel abroad for academic programs or internships.

Susan Huber Miller, CALS director of International Education and Study Abroad, presented awards to CALS students. Continue reading