Global Gender Program

Faculty & Student Awards

Michele Manatt Endowed Fellowship

The Michele Manatt Endowed Fellowship is available for second year Elliott School graduate students. Applicants must show a commitment to studying women's/girls' issues in developing countries through coursework, research interests, and internships.

This award of $2,000 is applied to the awardee's tuition over one academic year.

If you are interested in applying for the Michele Manatt Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year, please send a statement of interest (approximately 500 words) and your cv to by July 1, 2014.

Note: To be considered for the Michele Manatt Fellowship, you must be registered for at least 6 credits each semester during the academic year of the award and remain in good academic standing. The fellowship is applied toward tuition and does not cover fees, summer coursework, or additional coursework beyond the 40 credits required for the degree. Any part of the tuition award that is not used within the academic year reverts to the Elliott School and cannot be converted to cash.

Previous Recipients

2014-2015: Mikaela Romero, M.A. candidate in International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs. In this capacity, she explores topics of international development and global gender equality. She is also a program officer at the the Elliott School’s Global Gender Program where she supports a university partnership between George Washington University and Lahore College for Women University. This project facilitates intellectual and cultural exchange for the empowerment of women and broader understanding of cultural diversity. As a scholar of international affairs, Mikaela aims to examine the interplay of gender equality efforts and culture, then help to carry related insights into the arena of practice. In her long-term efforts to further interdisciplinary collaboration in policy, she also works as a student liaison and operations manager for Results International (i-ReInspire) Consulting and Research. Mikaela originally hails from California and possesses an underlying passion for learning and the pursuit of social justice.

2013-2014: Joshua Doherty, M.A. candidate in International Affairs and J.D. candidate, G.W. Law School. Josh has been committed to global gender policy issues through internships since 2011, starting with the American Red Cross through his recent involvement with Ayuda, Inc where he performed client intakes and prepared trial materials related to domestic violence and family law cases. He has written three reports, including a Global Gender Policy Working Paper on the impact of quotas for women in the judiciary. He is focusing his studies at GW on gender-based violence and gender equality and seeks a career promoting women's and girl's development.

2012-2013: Hollyn Hammond, M.A. in International Development Studies with a focus on humanitarian assistance and educational development in conflict regions with an emphasis on education of girls. Hollyn completed a year-long internship with Refugees International advocating for education integration into humanitarian responses as a means to protect children, mitigate conflict, and bring stability to affected communities. Hollyn has conducted field research on education in Senegal and Haiti. She published a report in GW's International Affairs Review about combating GBV in Haiti's IDP camps and presented research at a regional conference on education in conflict-affected South Sudan. She began a program in Honduras to use art and physical education to help alleviate the effects of abuse and neglect of teenage girls and has worked in Cambodia as an educational development specialist at an NGO that helps women victims of sex trafficking. Hollyn is committed to bringing education to displaced and crisis-effected women and children around the world.

2011-2012: Erica Buckingham, M.A. in International Development Studies with a concentration on gender and development. After earning her M.A. degree in May 2012, Erica took a position in Washington, D.C., with FHI 360 as Business Development Officer. In July 2013, she was promoted to the position of Project Officer and is working on a major USAID grant.


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