Each year, the Robertson Foundation selects fellows from the top international affairs graduate schools in the nation. As scholarship recipients, Robertson Fellows agree to work for the federal government for a minimum of three of their first seven years after graduation.
This year’s Robertson Fellows are:
Each of these students has an impressive resume, whether they are coming to the Bush School directly from their undergraduate institution or have been in the workforce.
Robyn Battles graduated from Texas A&M University in Galveston, focusing on maritime public policy, anthropology, and maritime studies. Robyn served as the first African American female student body president at the Galveston campus and was active in several student organizations. Attending several conferences on foreign policy fostered her interest in international affairs. She spent time in Morocco studying Arabic and hopes to pursue a career in the United States Foreign Service.
Demetria Charlifue is a 2018 graduate of George Mason University, where she earned degrees in Arabic and Middle East area studies. While an undergraduate, Demetria interned at the Middle East Institute; the US Consulate in Frankfurt; and the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and its Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Since graduation, Demetria has worked with the Department of State and the US Agency for International Development supporting policy objectives and development initiatives in the Middle East.
Clay Parham graduated from Baylor University, where he was named the 2019 Richard D. Huffman Distinguished Scholar in International Studies. Clay also competed on Baylor’s nationally recognized Model UN Team, consistently winning top awards with his teammate. He served as a legislative aide to Texas State Senator Kirk Watson and won a grant to present and publish his undergraduate research on the modern German far-right at the European Union Center of California at Scripps College. Clay plans to study US military policy and will serve in Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets Army ROTC program.
Ryan Sullivan graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University in 2020 and received honors from the Department of History and College of Liberal Arts. Ryan was active with the Class Councils and as a Fish Camp counselor and was a teaching assistant and a researcher for the DeBakey Scholars program. He spent a semester abroad in Ukraine and has served for three years as an honors intern with the Department of Justice. He plans to combine his government work experience and graduate studies to pursue a career in intelligence and foreign policy.