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International Studies Open House
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International Studies Open House

Explore Global Windows of Opportunity Monday, January 14, 2002

Jean Roth Email JeanRoth

Graduate students who have made New Years resolutions to broaden their cultural and educational horizons might find their task made easier by exploring a bounty of resources ranging from funding to study abroad at an “International Studies Open House” on Monday, January 14, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Charles E. Young Grand Salon (248 Kerchkoff Hall). The open house will be the first of its kind to showcase graduate fellowships, interdepartmental degree programs and education abroad opportunities offered to UCLA students through International Studies and Overseas Programs (ISOP).

Over thirty fellowships toward the study of global or area studies are currently available from ISOP and several of its international and area studies centers. ISOP also offers eight interdepartmental degree programs focusing on Africa, East Asia, Europe, International Development Studies, Islam, Latin America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Representatives from these programs and from the UC Education Abroad Program will be on hand as well to answer students’ questions. Refreshments will be served.

UCLA faculty is also invited to the Open House to learn about funding for research available through ISOP and its centers.

While ISOP’s mission has always included teaching, it has in the past year expanded its student-based programs, adding to its administration several interdepartmental degree programs, and becoming actively involved in courses relating to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Along with that move, according to the vice provost of International Studies, Geoffrey Garrett, is a concerted effort to spread the word about support opportunities. “I want to extend a personal invitation to UCLA students and encourage them to drop in on our International Studies Open House,” Garrett said. “It will give students an excellent chance to get to know more about the vast array of educational opportunities ISOP provides them.”

The ISOP Graduate Research Fellowship is the broadest of the fellowships, and is open to nearly every discipline. Some award recipients have found that the fellowship itself opens the door to other funding. Anila Daulatzai, a student in Islamic studies currently conducting research in Pakistan, received an ISOP award for her project “Determinants of Women’s Health Among a Sample of Afghan Refugee Women.” Daulatzai, who returned to the U.S. briefly at the onset of the war in Afghanistan, has since returned to Pakistan to continue her work.

In addition to providing a source of funding in itself, the ISOP Graduate Research Fellowship helps students in another way – by facilitating other support opportunities. Comparative literature student LaShonda Long credits having the ISOP award on her C.V. among the factors that contributed to her receiving a Fulbright award. Long is currently in Brazil conducting field research toward “Reconstructing History, Memory and Identity: Forms of Cultural Resistance in Contemporary Lusophone Literature and Film.”

Other funding opportunities provided through ISOP range from the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships provided by the US Department of Education, to travel grants and graduate assistantships offered by individual ISOP centers.

An overview of fellowships available through ISOP is available on the web at  www.isop.ucla.edu/awards/fellowship/.

For further information, call the ISOP Budget Office at (310) 825-9399

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