The Weiser Diplomacy Fellowship

Apply by March 21

Overview

The Weiser Diplomacy Center provides funding to a number of newly-admitted MPP and MPA students to pursue studies focused on international affairs and diplomacy. These fellowships are made possible through the generosity of U-M Regent Ronald Weiser and U-M alumna Eileen Weiser.

The center may award applicants up to $25,000 per year for a maximum of two years which is up to $12,500 in tuition per term. 

Eligiblity

Newly-admitted MPP and MPA students.

Application timeline

Applications typically open the first week of March and are reviewed by the end of March.

  • Opens: March 12, 2021
  • Deadline: March 21, 2021, 11:59PM EDT
  • Notification: March 29, 2021

How to apply

  • Complete the application form
  • Submit a current resume
  • Submit a one page statement of interest

Meet the fellows, 2020-21

Milagros Chocce (MPP)

Milagros Chocce, originally from Peru, holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Economics from Universidad del Pacifico in Lima, Peru. While living in her home country, Milagros had government work-related experiences that focused on education policy issues in the rural context as well as in the quality assessment policies of higher education institutions. After moving to Washington, D.C., she started working as a consultant at the South Asia Chief Economist office at The World Bank where she contributed to the publication of several bi-annual editions of the South Asia Economic Focus report. This work contributed to the development of her data processing skills and allowed her to experience a multicultural work environment. Her interests are focused on international development, specifically in issues related to education access, labor opportunities and poverty alleviation in developing countries. In the long-term, she looks forward to contributing back to the formulation and assessment of public policies at her home country.

Anthony Convertino (MPP)

Anthony (AJ) Convertino is a graduate of Kalamazoo College, where he earned his B.A. in East Asian Studies and Political Science. As a David L. Boren Scholar, AJ was commissioned through the National Security Education Program to complete a long-term study abroad program in Beijing, China. During this intensive language program, AJ gained fluency in Mandarin and a deeper understanding of Chinese domestic and international affairs.

During his time abroad, AJ worked for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Beijing office. In this role, AJ performed comprehensive legislative research and translation work on Chinese governmental policies regarding climate change and the environment. In his spare time, AJ frequently volunteered in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, where he tutored English and provided lectures on American culture to Chinese students who aspired to study abroad in the United States.

After returning to the United States, AJ continued his work as an educator, teaching Mandarin Chinese at a public high school in Providence, Rhode Island. In between school years, AJ served as a Foreign Affairs Intern in Washington, D.C. for Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI). While on Capitol Hill, AJ was responsible for attending committee hearings and researching matters relating to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, further building upon his foundation in international relations and foreign policy.

In addition to being fluent in Mandarin Chinese, AJ is conversational in Arabic and a beginner in French. Upon graduating from the Ford School, AJ intends to work as a Foreign Service Officer, as he is passionate about diplomacy and international relations

Hannah Kraus (MPP)

Hannah is interested in comparative social policy, and the impact such policies have on poverty, inequality, and human rights. She earned her undergraduate degree at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where her research focused on issues of inequality ranging from global water access to European Union asylum policy. Prior to graduation, Hannah held internships at Save the Children International (London), the U.S. Senate, and nonprofits focusing on teacher pay advocacy and East African water & sanitation.

After graduating, Hannah worked as a data analyst in Oakland, California at Aspire Public Schools, a K-12 system serving predominantly low-income students of color. There she executed a year-long analysis and redesign of Aspire’s teacher performance compensation systems, and managed annual engagement and org health surveys. After Aspire, Hannah worked as a legal assistant at UnCommon Law, an organization providing mental health and legal counseling to people serving life sentences in prison.

Prior to coming to the Ford School, Hannah taught at a public high school in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic on a Fulbright grant. Before the pandemic hit, she also volunteered with a youth social services organization and an integration and legal support center for foreign workers. This year cemented Hannah’s interest in bringing international perspectives to bear on how US social policies might be reformed to better uphold human rights. Originally from Vermont, as a dual citizen Hannah also spent several years in the Czech Republic while growing up, and is fluent in Czech and proficient in French.

Rebecca Mendelsohn (MPP)

Originally from NY, Rebecca is committed to crafting international policies that promote justice, access, and accountability. Motivated to develop the tools and knowledge to think critically about her own background as well as to help address the economic, social, and political challenges of others, she  completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science and Human Rights & Humanitarianism at Macalester College. At Macalester, Rebecca helped establish the Committee for Refugee Student Access, a student-run initiative that advocates for the recruitment, funding, and admission of refugee and displaced students to the college. She also served as the Chair of the Amnesty International Student Organization, organized a multi-day academic conference on Palestine and Palestinian equal rights, and published original research on state and civil society reactions to the arrival of refugees in Austria and Hungary in 2015. 

After graduating, Rebecca moved to Washington, D.C. and joined the Government Accountability Office (GAO). At GAO she conducted fact-based evaluations of federal programs for the U.S. Congress, including a review of the federal response to weather and climate-related disasters in 2017 and 2018. Rebecca also served as an elected representative in the GAO Employees Organization. Through the MPP program at the Ford School, Rebecca hopes to strengthen the skills needed to develop and implement progressive policies and improve social service programs both within and across borders.

Anuj Sahay (MPA)

With over ten years of work experience, Anuj has spent six as Chargé d'Affaires at the French Embassy in New Delhi, India. At the Embassy, he engaged with domestic and international corporations, media, think tanks, NGO’s and other public and private organisations to help shape European business policies for India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri-Lanka. He supported trade commission member companies to identify frontier market policies and strategic partners, allowing them to establish and understand the economic and business environments in the Indian subcontinent.

Anuj brings in-depth experience of Indo-France trade investment policies and has a great interest in foreign affairs. As a sector specialist in intelligent transport, infrastructure, and renewable energy, he has been a significant player in bridging Indian and French business opportunities. While at the Embassy, he worked closely with the Ministry of External Affairs of India highlighting policies on French investment in India, including sector project funding through the World Bank, Agence Française de Développement and Japan International Cooperation Agency. He also worked on France’s participation at the Bilateral Indo-French forum in Paris and India, Green Energy Summit, Commonwealth Infrastructure and Industry Conference, and Make in India shows in France, and has spearheaded multiple Indian ministry visits to France.

Originally from Bihar, India, He holds an MBA from INSEC Business School France, is fluent in French and Hindi, and currently resides in Michigan with his family. At Ford, Anuj is focusing on international diplomacy, trade, cybersecurity, and security and defense.

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