Apps due June 20 for Study Abroad scholarships in France

French Embassy - Generation Study Abroad Scholarship
Application Deadline: June 29, 11:59 PM PDT

The French Embassy continues to support U.S. students studying abroad in France through the French Embassy- Generation Study Abroad Scholarship. With generous support from the Government of France, up to five awards will be made to institutions to support study abroad scholarships to France. This scholarship is specifically designated for underrepresented students who have an interest in France.

Generation Study Abroad commitment partners at U.S. colleges and universities are eligible to apply for the five matching incentive grants of $5,000. The selected campuses must commit to matching the grant (of at least $5,000) and will be responsible for nominating four qualified students to receive the French Embassy-Generation Study Abroad Scholarship of $2,500 each (from the total $10,000 with the French Embassy/IIE and U.S. institution's combined funds). Preference will be given to institutions that currently have little or no students going abroad to France. These scholarships can be used for the cost of tuition, books, and travel related to study, service learning or internships abroad for programs taking place in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019.

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Apps due Aug 1 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Opps in Europe/Eurasia

2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Opportunities in Europe/Eurasia
Application Deadline: August 1

With an increasingly diverse offering of awards, opportunities abound for U.S. academics and professionals to engage in original and pioneering research and teaching activities in Europe/Eurasia through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

With 274 awards available in 2019-2020, Europe/Eurasia is the largest region for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Highlights include:
The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, visit

HHH Prof. Kudrle on Trump’s Tariffs and Canada

The Star Tribune, WCCO, and KARE interviewed Professor Robert Kudrle on the potential impact of President Trump's decision to impose tariffs on Canadian goods coming into the United States.   


"In fact, critics of Trump’s trade policies such as international trade specialist Robert Kudrle at the University of Minnesota say the national security argument is an administrative ruse to bypass Congress and engage in isolationist economics."

Humphrey Fellow alum Ayoo receives Women's Philanthropic Leadership Circle Awarda at UMN
CEHD's Women's Philanthropic Leadership Circle Awards. Here is the link

Crossposted from Posted on Fri Jun 15, 2018 by CEHD

The Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle Honors Inspiration and Achievement

On June 12, the Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle (WPLC) at the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) honored a group of women nominated by their peers for their leadership and outstanding contributions to academics, research, service, and teaching.  The full list of WPLC award nominees is available online.

Graduate Student Award – Doctoral
Sandra Ayoo, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development

Sandra Ayoo is a Ph.D. Candidate in Evaluation Studies in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, a program of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota--Twin Cities and was a 2011-2012 Humphrey International Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.  Sandra Ayoo’s career goal is to become an international expert in impact assessment and principles-based evaluation. Prior to coming to Minnesota, Sandra worked for nearly eight years as an external program evaluator in Uganda and has led several policy and program evaluation consultancies on international development for governments and international organizations in 21 African countries and North America.

Sandra earned a bachelor’s degree from Makerere University, and a master’s degree in rural development from the University of East Anglia. She is currently a doctoral student in evaluation studies with an interest in the professionalization of the evaluation field.

 More information about her

Humphrey Fellow alum Tahir appointed Inspector General of Police of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Tahir assumes charge as KP IGP  PESHAWAR: Mohammad Tahir assumed the charge of new Inspector General of Police of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Thursday relieving his predecessor Salahuddin Khan Mahsud.

The changes in the office were made because of the general elections all over the country.

Salahuddin Mahsud remained IGP for almost 14 months after he succeeded Nasir Khan Durrani.

A smart contingent of police presented guard of honour to the new IGP Mohammad Tahir on his arrival.

He laid down the floral wreath on Yadgar-e-Shuhadda police at the Central Police Office and offered fateha for the martyrs.

Later, presiding over an introductory meeting of police officers posted at the CPO, the new IGP said that all must stand up as a team and everyone had to contribute to see the force successful in these testing times.

The IGP paid rich tributes to the precious sacrifices of the force by saying that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police was a brave and committed force and have written the golden history of police with their blood.

“I am proud of leading this force and we must learn from their sacrifices by exhibiting valour, courage, devotion to duty and contribute for the betterment of the society”, remarked the IGP.

Muhammad Tahir was a 2004-05 Humphrey International Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. When in residence at the University of Minnesota, he was the Senior Superintendent of Police-Investigation Branch, Punjab, Office of the Inspector General of Police, and was a senior superintendent of police investigations in the provincial investigation branch in Punjab. His duties included conducting investigations on behalf of the provincial chief of police and the monitoring of crimes against women and children. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics and psychology and a master's degree in economics.

UMN Mandela Fellows arrive

Crossposted and adapted from Humphrey Herald: Mandela Fellows Arrive This Week

We’re pleased to welcome 25 Mandela Washington Fellows to the University and the Humphrey School, who will arrive this week for a six-week academic and leadership institute.  The Fellowship program, which is hosted on campus by the University of Minnesota's Center for Integrative Leadership (, is in its fifth year.

HHH Gray in MN Daily: "If we close off...we will fall behind."

cross posted from Minnesota Daily:

6/12/2018, 11:18pm                                               

New federal limits on visas for Chinese international students
Visas for Chinese international students studying in certain STEM fields, including aviation and robotics, will now be limited to one year.
By Katrina Pross
A new federal policy will reduce visa lengths for some Chinese international graduate students studying in STEM fields, and many at the University of Minnesota say it will have a negative impact on graduate programs.

On June 11, visa lengths were shortened from five years to one year for STEM students studying high-tech manufacturing topics, such as aviation and robotics. The policy came amid growing tension between the U.S. and China.

A visa allows students to enter, leave and re-enter a country, with a requirement that they pass their classes to stay in the country.

Marissa Hill-Dongre, director of the University of Minnesota's Immigration Response Team, said the regulations will not impact current Chinese students. Instead, she said the changes will affect certain incoming STEM students and those attempting to renew their visas.

Matthew Wu, advocacy chair for the Chinese American Student Association, is concerned about the impact the program will have on incoming students. Adding, he thinks the policy will make the visa application process more difficult.

“We’ll lose a lot of talented people who would have otherwise been interested in coming here and learning,” Wu said.

Chinese international students make up the largest portion of University graduate students, with nearly 1,200 Chinese international graduate students enrolled at the University, according to fall 2017 enrollment data from the University's International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).

“I think it’s really unfair to those students... to limit the visas just because students are interested in a certain field," Wu said. "[It's] a bad move for us in the long run."

Wu said CASA, whose members includes Chinese international students, does not support the new visa time limit.

A large portion of Chinese international graduate students are studying in STEM fields, said Barbara Kappler, assistant dean of ISSS.

Students who leave after their visa has expired must reapply to return to the University, which is a time-consuming process, Kappler said.

The new program will also limit students’ ability to return to China to visit family and friends, she said.

Sherry Gray, director of the International Fellows and Scholars Program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, said the new policy will have negative effects on the U.S.

“If the U.S. is going to close itself off and keep international students out of the sensitive technology areas, then I’m assuming we’re also going to be concerned about international researchers and people who are already done with their degrees," Gray said. "If we close off, we’re not going to be part of that international dynamic of sharing research and scholarship. We will fall behind."

Gray also expressed concern over the harm the program will have on the students impacted by it.
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