Master of global affairs students awarded Catholic Relief Services fellowships

Author: Renée LaReau

Two of the Keough School’s graduating master of global affairs students have been awarded Catholic Relief Services International Development Fellowships from Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States.

Gizem Korun and Jacqueline Shrader are among 18 individuals selected from 1,600 applicants. The fellowship provides professional development opportunities for individuals pursuing careers in international relief and development work. It is designed to immerse new practitioners in every aspect of programming, from project design to monitoring and evaluation to managing partnerships to operations. Both Korun and Shrader completed the international peace studies concentration, administered by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. 

“We are so proud of Gizem and Jacqueline for winning this prestigious fellowship,” said Melinda Fountain, associate director for professional development and alumni relations. “Graduates of the Keough School have again demonstrated they are prepared to excel academically and professionally on an international level. We wish both of them well as they start this new journey of learning and experience.”

Korun, who is from Turkey, will work in Dhaka, Bangladesh, developing expertise in disaster risk reduction and recovery as well as refugee response issues. She also will travel to India and Nepal for temporary assignments. Shrader, who is from the United States, will work in Tamale, Ghana, focusing on women’s health, water, and agricultural projects. Korun and Shrader will begin orientation in August. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they may initially begin their work remotely until the pandemic subsides.

Catholic Relief Services serves more than 130 million people in more than 100 countries on five continents, assisting impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic social teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. The organization serves people based solely on need, regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity.

The Master of Global Affairs program is a two-year professional degree program that prepares students for skilled, effective leadership and careers in government, nongovernmental and civil society organizations, and the private sector. The Keough School’s master of global affairs Class of 2020 includes 34 students from 18 countries including Argentina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Honduras, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Turkey, Uganda, the United States, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

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