Michele Manatt Endowed Fellowship

The Michele Manatt Endowed Fellowship is available for second year Elliott School graduate students. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to studying gender-specific challenges and opportunities in developing countries through coursework, research interests, internships, and career aspirations. .

This award amount varies from year to year. For 2015-2016, the award is $5,000. It must be applied to the awardee's tuition over one academic year.

2015-2016 Recipients:

Nanda Ruiz, M.A. candidate in International Development Studies (IDS) at the Elliott School of International Affairs. Within IDS, she is concentrating in gender and development. Ms. Ruiz recently began working with Human Rights Watch conducting research on Gender Based Violence. During the summer of 2015 she worked in Dhaka, Bangladesh with International Development Enterprise (iDE) where she applied a gender governance toolkit to current and proposed iDE projects, and produced communications and briefing materials for use by donor agencies. Additionally, she provided gender insights to a market development field study for internal use. Previously Ms. Ruiz worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru where she served as a Youth Development Volunteer. Ms. Ruiz is proficient in Spanish, American Sign Language and basic French and Quechua. Nanda believes that women and girls have an incredible power to create change. She hopes to work in partnership with communities across the globe to promote gender equality and to realize this change.

Kate Kijinski, M.A. candidate in International Affairs (IA) at the Elliott School of International Affairs. Kate is focusing her academic training on gender studies and security and development. To complement her academic experience, she has interned with WASH Advocates and the United Nations Foundation, focusing in the area of gender concerns. In Spring 2016, she will be interning with the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. She will work on policy issues regarding gender based violence against refugees in crisis situations. Her most exciting and challenging experience so far has been her work with the Sehgal Foundation, an Indian NGO dedicated to improving the lives of rural women in India. Her internship with Sehgal involved a ten-week field experience working with women in Indian villages outside Delhi on nutrition issues. Kate is also a senior editor with the International Affairs Review at Elliott. She hopes to pursue a career within a governmental or a non-profit organization whose mission focuses on gender equality in developing nations. 

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, DC, 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.


Women still face a fight for recognition in war and peace

The Guardian referenced the GGP/IGIS publication "Women in Peace and Security through United Nations Security Resolution 1325" (.pdf) in this article on the impact of the Resolution 15 years after its passage.

2015-2016 Manatt Fellowship Awardees

We are pleased to announce that the 2015-2016 Manatt Fellowship has been awarded to two M.A. students in the Elliott School, both of whom have demonstrated longstanding commitment to global gender issues and gender equality through their academic record, internships, and research.

What Works? Promoting Gender Equality and the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in Military Operations

The year 2015, marks the 15th Anniversary of the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 which established the women in peace and security agenda.