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Milton Wolf Seminar on Media and Diplomacy

Emerging Scholars Program

About the Program

Each year the seminar organizers select approximately 10 outstanding advanced MA candidates, PhD students, postdoctoral students, law students, or equivalents studying areas related to the seminar theme to serve as Emerging Scholar Fellows.

Emerging Scholar Fellows receive economy class airfare, accommodation, and a food and local travel stipend, which covers all costs of attending the Seminar. We expect the Emerging Scholars to attend all seminar discussions and events and serve as rapporteurs for the event and author a 1500-2000-word blog post documenting and analyzing the seminar discussions.

Application Details

If you are interested in applying to be an Emerging Scholar at the next Milton Wolf Seminar, please monitor our Facebook page. Applications are solicited annually in January/February before the Seminar. We are currently accepting applications for the 2024 Seminar, which will take place April 8-10, 2024 in Vienna.

Please read this section carefully before submitting your application.

  • Eligibility: The program is only open to graduate students and those holding a full-time post doctoral position or the equivalent. Those who have graduated with their terminal degree and are already engaged in full time work in their chosen field (i.e. faculty members) are not eligible to apply.
  • Conditions of Funding: To participate in the Program, Emerging Scholars agree to attend all seminar events and produce an approximately 1500-2000 word analytical blog post about the seminar discussions. A template for these blog posts will be provided.
  • Blog Posts: Emerging scholar blog posts typically focus on panels, themes, or issues raised by the seminar discussions that are of particular interest to their academic work and/or highlight areas that were under-explored during the seminar discussions. These posts are important, because they help to serve as a permanent record of the proceedings and discussions. Posts are normally due four weeks following the end of the Seminar. Examples of previous posts are available here.
  • Application Process: Applications must include: your CV, a completed and signed application form, and a cover letter that outlines how your areas of research, your methodologies, your regional interests, might benefit through participation in the seminar. Applications are due to briar.smith@asc.upenn.edu by February 25, 2024. Please put all attachments in one email.

2023 Emerging Scholars

  • Anubhav Banerjee, MA Student, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna, Austria
  • David Elliot Berman, Postdoctoral Fellow, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • Leesa Danzek, MA Student, Georgetown University
  • Anjali DasSarma, PhD Student, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • Philipp Di Salvo, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of St. Gallen
  • Alicia Fjällhed, PhD Student, Lund University
  • Jing Guo, PhD Candidate, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Clare Lombardo, MSc Student, London School of Economics
  • Caio Machado, DPhil Candidate, Oxford University
  • Matthias Mersich, MA Student, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna, Austria
  • Marcos Ortiz, PhD Candidate, Goldsmiths, University of London 
  • Devo Probol, PhD Student, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • Julia Samoilenko, Durham University
  • Sophie Syarief, PhD Student, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Moges Zewiddu Teshome, PhD Student, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna, Austria

Previous Emerging Scholars

2019

2018

2017

2016

  • Kara Andrade, PhD Student, School of Communication, American University
  • Félix Blanc, Post-doctoral student, Raymond Aron Center (EHESS, Paris), Head of Public Relations, Internet Without Borders
  • Stanislav Budnitskiy, PhD Candidate, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University (Ottawa)
  • Sheila Dollard, MA Student, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
  • Kareem El Damanhoury, PhD Student, Georgia State University
  • Jennifer R. Henrichsen, Ph.D. Student, Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Katharina Hermann, MAIS Student, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
  • Hossein Kermani, PhD Student, University of Tehran
  • Catherine Lankes, MAIS Student, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
  • Ivory Mills, Joint PhD, JD Candidate in Media, Technology, & Society, Northwestern University
  • Priyanka Moonesinghe, MAIS Student, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
  • Pawel Popiel, Ph.D. Student, Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Ilana Ullman, MA Student, School of Public Policy, Central European University

2015

  • Nicole Bailey, MA Candidate, George Washington University
  • Robyn Caplan, PhD Candidate, Rutgers University
  • Kamran Hooshmand, PhD Candidate, University of Texas at Austin
  • Anamaria Iuga, MA Candidate, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
  • Kevin Kallmyer, MA Candidate, Georgetown University
  • Ilan Manor, MA Candidate, Tel Aviv University
  • Luiz Peres-Neto, Lecturer, ESPM, Sao Paulo
  • Revati Prasad, PhD Student, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • Matthew Rae, MA Candidate, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
  • Philip van Engeldorp Gastelaars, MA Candidate, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

2014

  • Colin Agur, PhD Candidate, Columbia University
  • Woon Anthony Cho, MA Student, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • Rosemary Clark, PhD Candidate, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • Lee McGuigan, PhD Candidate, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • Robert Ralston, MA Student, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Ryan Spagnolo, MA Student, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • Diego Vicentin, PhD Candidate, University of Campinas, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil
  • Willow Williamson, PhD Candidate, School of International Service, American University

2013

  • Kat Borlongan, Consultant, Head of Internation Affairs, Voxe.org
  • Katherine Brown, PhD Candidate, Columbia University
  • Omar Al -Ghazzi, PhD Student, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • Nour Issam Halabi, PhD Student, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • Meredith Hall, PhD Candidate, New School for Social Research
  • Cesar Jimenez-Martinez, PhD Candidate, London School of Economics
  • Efe Sevin, PhD Candidate, American University

2012

  • Rogier Criemers, KU Leuven, Candidate at Maastricht, Visiting Researcher Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy, University of Oxford
  • Endre Danyi, PhD Candidate in Sociology, Lancaster University; Visiting Research Fellow at the Innovation in Governance research group, Center for Technology and Society at the Technical University in Berlin. 
  • Harriet Di Francesco, MA Student, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna
  • Leshou Dong, PhD Candidate Tinghua University, Visiting Scholar, Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication
  • Shalini Iyengar, LLM Candidate, Comparative Law, Economics and Finance at the International University College, Torino
  • Marissa Moran, MSc Candidate, London School of Economics; Research Associate, Albany Associates UK
  • Roy Revie, PhD Candidate, University of Strathclyde
  • Sandra Ristovska, PhD Candidate, Annenberg School for Communication

2011

  • Nidzara Ahmetasevi, PhD Student, University of Graz, Austria
  • Brendan Cooper, University of Minnesota
  • May Fawaz, Georgia State University
  • Roopa Gogineni, University of Oxford
  • Jill Hopke, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Julia Sonnevend, Columbia University.

2010

  • Felicity Duncan – PhD Student in Communication; Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • Tori Horton – MA Student in Public Diplomacy; Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California
  • Kate Cronin-Furman – Ph.D. Student in Political Science; Columbia University
  • Maria Egupova – MA Student in Political Science; Central European University
  • Burcu Baykurt – MA Student in Political Communications; Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Silvia Lindtner – PhD Student in Information and Computer Science; University of California, Irvine
  • Galen Tan – MA Student in Law and Diplomacy; Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University