Aurelia Figueroa, Sloan Awarded Fellowships in Germany and Russia

May 15, 2009

Two graduating Bush School students have been awarded prestigious international fellowships. Aurelia Figueroa and Peter Sloan, both of whom received their degrees in May from the Master’s Program in International Affairs, have been selected to participate in two high-level professional development exchange programs.

SloanSloan was awarded an Alfa Fellowship, a program that places 10 qualified American citizens each year in work assignments at leading Russian organizations in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, and government. The program’s goal is to expand the network of American and Russian professionals, develop greater intercultural understanding, and advance U.S. – Russian relations. The program includes language training, seminar programs, and extended professional experience. Fellows receive travel, free housing, monthly stipends, and insurance.

FigueroaFigueroa’s fellowship is from the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program, which each year offers twenty accomplished young Americans the opportunity to complete a program similar to the Alfa Fellowship, but conducted in Germany. The Bosch Foundation has sent Americans to work in Germany every year since 1984. There will be 20 fellows in the 2009-2010 class from various backgrounds and disciplines. During their nine months in Germany, Bosch Fellows will work at leading German institutions and attend three seminars with key decision makers from the public and private sectors. Fellows are recruited from business administration, journalism, law, public policy, and closely related fields. As with the Alfa Fellowships, the goal is to create a new generation of American leaders who have firsthand experience in the political, economic, and cultural environment of Germany and the E.U.

Sloan said he was attracted to the Alfa program because of the opportunity to work in Moscow and to build both professional experience and connections. “I really like the idea of working internationally, and the Alfa Program offers the unique chance to work in Russia, a country I have studied at the Bush School and a region on which I’d like to focus in my career,” he added.

“From my studies of international economic development with a focus on maritime policy and energy policy, I know Germany is a country of great importance, as demonstrated by the country’s second-largest international aid budget, important maritime ports including Hamburg and Bremerhaven, and the recent gas dispute with Russia,” Figueroa said. “I was prompted to apply for this fellowship because it offered the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of Germany’s economic development, energy, and maritime policy,” she added. 

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