Two Recent Alums are Beginning Graduate Students this Fall 

 Kailyn Quinn (GDS 15) is studying for her master's degree in international relations at the Diplomatic School of Spain, Madrid.

 Clarisse Awamengwi (GDS 14) is pursuing a master's degree in international political economy at the Paris Institute of Political Studies. Clarisse was awarded a School of International Affairs Excellence Scholarship.

Congratulations to both students!  

GDS is partnering with PROLINNOVA in order to initiate an internship programme whereby farmer organisations, supportive professionals or country platform partner organisations of Prolinnova can invite students to learn and work with them either through or outside the IPW visits. Our intention is that the internship will be defined over the previous year through student visits, Internet communications and possibly Prolinnova visits to UVA/GDS. For more details, click here.

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The University Museums Internship is a two-semester sequence of two three-credit courses. Students will do internships (lasting for an academic year) at either the Fralin Museum of Art or the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection. As interns, students will work approximately 100 hours each semester (7-8 hours per week) in the museum, under the close supervision of museum professionals, and will participate in three training sessions and three academic seminars per semester.  The class will also curate their own exhibition.  Cross listed with Art History and GDS.  Enrollment by application (due May 1):  email to Jordan Love ( a resume, transcript, and a one-page essay/cover letter explaining why you want to take the class and what museum experience you have (if any).  

GDS Alum Recognized for Efforts to Address Global Climate Change

Class of 2015 Global Development Studies Alum, Dyanna Jaye, is featured in UVAToday for her efforts to address global climate change. As the co-leader of the SustainUS delegation, she is currently attending her second United Nations climate change talks. She is bringing the issue of global climate change to a state level as she focuses on Virginia's need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To read the article, click here


GDS students attend Clinton Global Initiative University

Sarah Higgins, Jennifer Moss, Rachel Prestipino, & Xavier Roberts

This past spring, our research team was invited to the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), based on the acceptance of our Commitment to Action. The Initiative asked us to identify a problem and how we might help to solve it. We submitted a proposal that outlined our plan to observe Charlottesville elementary school cafeterias, specifically looking at which foods students would or would not eat. We then wanted to create a strategy for helping students to prefer healthy foods.

Our group was invited to the CGI U and Jennifer Moss and Xavier Roberts were the two students available to travel to Miami for the conference. Once there, we attended breakout sessions focused on public health, education, nutrition, and wellness, as well as plenary sessions featuring distinguished speakers from a variety of fields. There were opportunities for networking amongst students and featured projects were given space to set up tables to display information about their work.

On Sunday, a Day of Action concluded the conference. We students were bused to the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami. Wearing CGI U t-shirts, we were divided into small groups for the community service portion of the day. We listened to keynote speakers and took paintbrushes and paint into the neighborhood. We learned about the community on the bus ride there. We painted clotheslines, murals, front doors, sidewalks, basketball blacktops, picnic tables, bookshelves, and benches. Our work lasted a few hours before community members and volunteers stopped for lunch. The community members had a cookout in the middle of the field, and the volunteers gathered on the other side of the school for boxed lunches. We had to leave the project unfinished, as we ran out of time and had to head back to the conference.

Although Saturday's speaker sessions and plenaries spoke to important development practices, Sunday's Day of Action seemed to operate on a model of development that might not have passed CGI U's own standards of effectiveness. The impulse to serve in the context of a busy conference was admirable, but we were aware that leaving a project unfinished in a community that did not have the resources to complete it was far from ideal. It would be fantastic if CGI U could invite proposals specifically for community-based projects, designed from a community perspective of workability, within the scheduling constraints of the conference. We would love to be a part of this kind of challenge next year!

Study Abroad Grants


Students in Arts and Sciences: $5000 (Academic year), $3000 (Semester), $1000 (Summer)

Students in all other schools: $2500 (Academic year), $1500 (Semester), $500 (Summer)


Students with demonstrated financial need who wish to study abroad will be considered for this grant in addition to need-based aid already available. Information is available at:


Depending on a student's situation, this grant may provide additional aid for study abroad program costs or substitute for need-based loans. The grant may be used for study on UVA Programs, Exchanges, or other approved study abroad programs, with the exception of Semester at Sea, for which other financial aid is available. Apply to study abroad at and your application will be evaluated for eligibility.