Master of Global Affairs Fellowship Recipients
The Liu Institute provides a full-tuition fellowship each year to a Master of Global Affairs student at the Keough School of Global Affairs whose academic and/or career interests are connected to Asia.
Thanh Binh Le
Sustainable Development, 2023
Thanh Binh Le came to Notre Dame after working for a USAID-funded forestry project in Vietnam, where she expanded monitoring and evaluation capacity for government agencies in 45 provinces. The project culminated in the establishment of a national guideline and platform for the monitoring and evaluation of payment for forestry environmental services.
Binh’s academic interests focus on policy and intervention assessment, and she has professional experience assisting social enterprises in writing impact reports. A devoted writer, Binh maintains a personal blog (in Vietnamese) about life as a young adult.
Global Affairs + Specialization, 2022
Mikaela Bona holds degrees in political science from Ateneo de Manila University. While on scholarship, she finished undergraduate and graduate coursework in global politics and earned minors in economics and Southeast Asian studies. As the school representative for more than 2,200 students, Mikaela successfully lobbied for tuition reform that resulted in significant aggregate savings for students. She also has been awarded study grants in Japan and Brunei Darussalam.
Mikaela has interned for Filipino nonprofits and government offices that advocate for indigenous peoples and agricultural workers’ rights, gender equality, and labor migrant protection. Through these experiences, she developed an interest in the intersectional relationship between misogyny, racism and economic underdevelopment. As a feminist and MGA candidate, she hopes to develop analytical skills that will better equip her in dismantling institutions of oppression and creating new structures that empower women of color.
Sustainable Development, 2021
Uriel Galace formerly served as a foreign affairs research specialist at the Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies, a think tank in the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. In this capacity, he conducted research on international security and economic development and produced policy papers and research articles for the Philippine government. A former intern for the UN Development Programme and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Uriel also has volunteered for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Summit and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. He holds an AB in political science from Ateneo de Manila University.