2021-22 Graduate Fellows Announced

The Rumsfeld Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of its 2021-22 Graduate Fellows.

This year the Foundation selected 18 scholars who aspire to careers in public service to receive a combined $310,820 in grant awards in support of their graduate studies. Entering its thirteenth academic year, the Graduate Fellowship Program now includes a talented network of 178 current Fellows and alumni, as well as 22 distinguished program Advisers located at universities nationwide.

Nominated for their demonstrated leadership potential, moral character and academic and civic achievements, the 2021-22 Graduate Fellows include rising leaders with diverse backgrounds and experiences. This year’s Fellows will be pursuing studies at universities across the country in fields from international affairs and philosophy to public policy and security studies and are comprised of both master’s students and doctoral candidates.

Some of the already impressive roles and accomplishments of the 2021-22 Fellows include:

  • Advanced Russian, Ukrainian and Hebrew speaker
  • Senior Deterrence Analyst for U.S. Strategic Command
  • Former cadet in Georgetown University’s Army ROTC
  • Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Public Leadership
  • Former U.S. Congressional staff assistant
  • Professional certificate holder in cybersecurity from MITx
  • School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership Student Success Award recipient
  • Former corporate Business Intelligence Analyst and Legal Specialist
  • Graduate-level Model United Nation’s delegate
  • Graduate Research Assistant with the Clements Center for National Security
  • Former MPA Student Mentor at the Marriott School of Business
  • Semester at Sea Young Alumni Council Member
  • Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs/Pakistan Desk intern at the U.S. Dept. of State
  • Undergraduate Presidential Scholarship recipient
  • Former president of a university Tocqueville Society
  • USAID Federal Service intern
  • National Guard Operations Officer
  • Officer on the Board of Georgetown University’s International Relations Association

Along with the financial support awarded, the Foundation is pleased to offer additional opportunities for these service-oriented young professionals by hosting various events and providing regular communications throughout the year to facilitate further network engagement.

One recently selected 2021-22 Fellow noted, “The Rumsfeld Fellowship Network connects me to invaluable mentors who are already doing the work. It also introduces me to a network of current, past, and future Fellows. When any of us find ourselves in positions of public service, we will have a Rumsfeld rolodex filled with people we know are serious scholars with merit, ability, and ambition to draw upon for assistance.”

Over 75% of alumni of the Graduate Fellowship Program are currently serving in public service or policy fields, including in a wide variety of capacities in the Departments of Defense, Justice, State and Treasury, the U.S. military, U.S. Congress, state and local government, policy and research centers, academia and more. To learn more about the program and the talented leaders that comprise its growing network, please visit the Foundation’s website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Media Contact:
Sarah Tonucci
Executive Director, Rumsfeld Foundation
(202) 944-1304


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