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SPP Launches Kelleher Fellowship for International Security Graduate Students

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The University of Maryland School of Public Policy is launching a new graduate fellowship to support students studying international security policy. The fellowship is named in honor of College Park Professor Catherine Kelleher, who was a founding faculty member of the school and has a long track-record of working to advance the careers of women scholars and practitioners.

The fellowship, the Catherine Kelleher Fellowship for International Security Studies, will provide full support to one master’s or doctoral student at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy each year. The award will be open to any student studying international security policy broadly defined, but will give special consideration to students interested in cooperative approaches to reducing nuclear risks and addressing other security challenges in U.S.-European relations, an approach that Professor Kelleher championed as a scholar, government official, and a policy practitioner.

“The fellowship is an exciting opportunity to cement the School’s legacy, which Catherine helped define, as an important training ground for international security practitioners and scholars,” said School of Public Policy Dean Robert C. Orr.

“Catherine has opened doors—both scholarly and professionally—for so many young, graduate students, particularly women, that I can think of no better way to honor her contributions,” said CISSM Director Nancy Gallagher. 

In addition to helping found the School of Public Policy, Kelleher also established the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) and Women in International Security (WIIS) at the school. Throughout her policy, government, and academic careers, Kelleher has been a champion for women in the field of international security policy. This fellowship is intended to ensure that future generations benefit from the kind of support that she has given to countless women in the field today.

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