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The Dorothy Marchus Senesh Fellowship provides two biennial fellowships awarded to two women from the developing world for studies in the field of peace.  Larry Senesh (now deceased), a professor of Economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, established this Fellowship in memory of his wife. Read more about Larry and Dorothy Senesh.  The recipients of this Fellowship are listed below with links that provide profiles of their research.

The Fellowships provide $5,000 per year for two years for both women, for a total of $10,000 each.

The application period for the 2016-2017 fellowship is now closed.

Those interested in applying for the fellowship will find an announcement about the 2016-2017  Senesh Fellowship in English and in Spanish.

The Senesh Fellowship 2016-2017 Application is now available in English and in Spanish.

For information about applying for the fellowship (or any other information or questions concerning the Senesh Fellowship) please contact Dr. Linda M. Johnston.

If the email link to Dr. Johnston does not work on your computer, please use this email address: seneshfellowship(at)iprafoundation(dot)org. Replace the (at) with the “@” symbol and the (dot) with “.”

Read our Privacy Policy for Grant Recipients here.


Dates: 1990-1991
Recipient: Sunila Negeshwar Singh
Home Country: India
Attended: Jamia Millia Islamia University in India
Major: Sociology
Dates: 1992-1993
Recipient: Caroline Clara Lamwaka
Home Country: Uganda
Attended: Jawaharlal Nehru University in India
Major: International Studies
Dates: 1994-1995
Recipient: Maria Lourdes Mangahas (Malou)
Home Country: Philippines
Attended: University of Philippines in the Philippines
Major: Sociology and Political Science
Dates: 1996-1997
Recipient: Zoilamerica Ortega
Home Country: Nicaragua
Attended: Eastern Mennonite University in U.S.
Major: International Studies
Dates: 1998-1999
Recipient: Jennifer Santiago Oreta
Home Country: Philippines
Attended: University of Philippines in the Philippines
Major: International Studies
Dates: 2000-2001
Recipient: Amira Osman
Home Country: Sudan
Attended: University of Bradford in U.K.
Major: Peace Studies
Dates: 2002-2003
Recipient: Seema Kazi
Home Country: India
Attended: London School of Economics and Political Science
Major: Gender Studies
Dates: 2004-2005
Recipient: Laura Balbuena-Gonzalez
Home Country: Peru
Attended: New School for Social Research
Major: Political Philosophy
Dates: 2006-2007
Recipient: Nuria Abdullahi Abdi
Home Country: Kenya
Attended: Eastern Mennonite University
Major: Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding
Dates: 2008-2009
Recipient: Meron Zeleke Eresso
Home Country: Ethiopia
Attended: Bayreuth University
Major: Social Anthropology
Dates: 2010-2011
Recipient: Isioma Olivia Kemakolam
Home Country: Nigeria
Attended: Coventry University, Coventry UK
Major: Master’s in Peace and Reconciliatory Studies
Dates: 2012-2013
Recipient: Shamsi Mohammud Sheikh
Home Country: Kenya
Attended: Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy
Major: Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Affairs
Dates: 2014-2015
Recipient: Lydia Wanja Gitau
Home Country: Kenya
Attended: University of Sydney
Major: PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies
Dates: 2014-2015
Recipient: Mary Thamari Odhiambo
Home Country: Kenya
Attended: University of Birmingham, UK
Major: PhD in Africa Studies