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Candace Gibson
Program Coordinator
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Tinker-Walker and IDP Travel Fellowships

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Students are encouraged to include overseas field experience in their research, internship, or DM practica. Through the International Development program’s endowed Irene Tinker-Millidge Walker Fellowship, students can receive financial support to offset the costs of study.

Please note: scholarships may be subject to taxation.

Recently, students have used this fellowship to work with:
  • South Pacific Business Development (SPBD), Tonga
  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Haiti
  • Iracambi Atlantic Rainforest Research and Conservation Centre, Brazil
  • BRAC, Uganda
  • Reproductive and Child Health Alliance (RACHA), Cambodia
  • Peace Corps, Tanzania
  • ChildFund, Laos
  • People Against Suffering Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP), South Africa
  • Inyathelo, South Africa
  • Health Poverty Action and Movimiento de Mujeres Nidia White, Nicaragua
  • World Health Organization, Switzerland
  • Global Campaign for Education, South Africa
  • USAID, Liberia
  • Population Services International- Rwanda (Malaria and Child Health and Planning)
  • CHF International- Rwanda
  • Population Services International- Mali (Reproductive Health)
  • Thai Binh Foundation- Vietnam (Education)
  • IFPRI- Ghana (Agriculture)
  • BaGA Maidi Development Trust- South Africa (Education)
  • IRC- Ethiopia (Cultural Orientation for Refugees)
  • HOPE- Republic of the Congo (Microfinance)
  • UNHCR- Israel (Disability and Chronic Illness among Refugees)
  • ZOA Refugee Care- South Sudan (Food Security and Livelihoods)
  • Global Giving Foundation- Turkey and Armenia (Disability and Education)


Zach Bachtell

Summer 2016 Tinker Walker Fellow

Zach Bachtell Tinker Walker Fellow 2016

Where did you work?

I was a Technical Consultant for Dare To Innovate (DTO) in Guinea, West Africa. 

What did you do?

My contract required all sorts of work, and it has greatly enriched my knowledge and experience! DTI is a small start-up organization, so I was involved in all of the processes behind NGO administration, program and project development and implementation, and grant writing and partnership development. 

What did you enjoy about the experience?

The fellowship was perfect for me, as I am currently pursuing a degree in Development Management, focusing on Project and Program Management. It was also great because I was able to return to Guinea, where I had served in the Peace Corps from 2011 to 2014. Now that I am back in DC, I will be finishing up the last year of my degree and building upon my practicum experience, while playing a ton of pick-up soccer in the numerous leagues that we have in DC.


Christine Sayoc

Summer 2016 Tinker Walker Fellow

Christine Sayoc Tinker Walker Fellow 2016

What organization did you work for and where?

During the summer of 2016, I interned with the U.S. Department of State in Malaysia at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. 

What did you do?

During my internship, I worked on projects involving Malaysia's economy specifically trade and investment, as well as ones that pioneered grants for environmental NGOs. 

What did you enjoy about the experience?

The fellowship provided me with the opportunity to not only travel to Malaysia, but learn about the Foreign Service and gain experience overseas. Being in the region, I was exposed to a different culture and reality, which allowed me to look at the economic and environmental issues that Malays face. One of the most challenging things about development that I find is how countries attain economic development without degrading the environment.


Kaja Wold

Summer 2016 Tinker Walker Fellow

Kaja Wold Tinker Walker Fellow Summer 2016

Where did you work?

Over the summer of 2016 I have been working on my DM Practicum. I have worked with an organization named the World Education Foundation, doing research for a new youth project they are planning. I have spent the summer in Oslo, Norway, and the Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria. 

What did you do?

I have worked with incredible youth, today deprived of all hope for the future, with no access to education or jobs. The project aims to create livelihoods for the youth, based on needs assessments conducted in their communities by themselves, and creating solutions with their own ideas, knowledge and creativity. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and the project will be implemented in full during the spring of 2017. 

What did you enjoy about the experience?

I have learned so much about the forgotten crisis and conflict in Western Sahara, and gotten to know amazing people living in the camps, which have existed for 40 years. I am grateful for the tinker-Walker Fellowship, which gave me the opportunity to go to the Sahrawi refugee camps. 


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