Mason Expands International Cachet with Fellowships

Posted: July 5, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

George Mason recently joined an elite group of universities approved to sponsor graduate students under the Edmund S. Muskie/Freedom Support Act Graduate Fellowship Program. The program was enacted by Congress in 1992 to promote democratic and economic growth in the former Soviet republics, and is administered by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

The first two students, Olga Prygoda, who is studying at the Vologda State Pedagogical University in Azerbaijan, and Vlada Alekankine, who is currently a teaching assistant in Khazar University in Russia, arrive at Mason in August. Both women will work toward a master’s in the field of public policy at the Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR).

George Mason has been a frequent host to Visiting Fulbright Scholars as well. Two scholars, from Uzbekistan and Israel, will arrive in August to begin studying at ICAR. Meanwhile, four Fulbright Scholars are wrapping up their work at ICAR and preparing to return to their home countries: Nabyl Eddahar of Morocco, Oleg Gabrielyan of the Ukraine, Lela Jakovlevska-Josevska from Macedonia, and Gugule Magradze from (former Soviet) Georgia.

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