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Weissberg Fellow Emily Johnson’13 shares photos; nominations due Saturday

January 28, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Emily Johnson’13, an international relations African studies major, spent the fall of her junior year in Uganda where she lived at a national park and worked with a community conservation program. The following spring, she studied at the University of Botswana and conducted research on agricultural extension and land tenure reform. She used the Weissberg Fellowship to return to East Africa to intern for an agricultural development organization in Kenya and to work as a research fellow in the fall.

Weissberg Fellow Emily Johnson13 

“I've been shortlisted for a number of positions in East Africa and am now one of the final candidates for a prestigious fellowship in Liberia - all of this has been possible because I was able to go back to Uganda, gain valuable leadership and management experience, and demonstrate my ability to handle the field,” she says. Above and below, Emily shares some of her photos from her most recent stint in Uganda.

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Know of a student who could benefit from a similar international experience?


The  Weissberg Program in Human Rights invites faculty and staff to nominate:

Nominations are due by Saturday, Feb. 1. Nominations are not restricted to any one discipline or major, as long as a clear connection to human rights can be made to their studies and other activities.  

The Weissberg Scholarship provides tuition support as well as a $3,000 project grant for in-depth engagement with human rights issues to two rising juniors each year. Scholars will be selected on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the understanding and application of human rights
  • Prospects for long-term involvement and contribution to human rights
  • Involvement with other activities supported by the Weissberg program
  • Financial need
  • Preference given to international students, but domestic students are also eligible

To nominate a student for the Scholarship, please complete the Scholarship Nomination Form here by Feb. 1.

The Weissberg Fellowship provides a $5,000 grant to graduating seniors to help them take the next steps toward life-long engagement in human rights. Students must be pursuing an activity or project after graduation that requires funding or servicing of loans to complete.  Fellows will be selected on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the understanding and application of human rights
  • Prospects for long-term involvement and contribution to human rights
  • Involvement with other activities supported by the Weissberg program
  • Prospects for involvement and mentorship of Beloit College students in the future

To nominate a student for the Fellowship, please complete the Fellowship Nomination Form here by Feb. 1.  

Information about current Weissberg Scholars and Fellows can be found here.