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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 two winners of the 2018-2019 Senesh Fellowships will be announced April 1, 2018..

The application period for the 2018-2019 fellowship is now closed. The next application period begins in 2020. Please do not contact us about Senesh Fellowships at this time. Applications received now will be discarded.

For information about applying for the fellowship (or any other information or questions concerning the Senesh Fellowship) please contact , Senesh Fellowship Assistant Administrator.

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Dates: 2016-2017
Recipient: Hannah Nyingilanyeofori Brown
Home Country: Nigeria
Attended: University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA
Major: PhD in Global Governance and Human Security

Dates: 2016-2017
Recipient: Sweta Sen
Home Country: India
Attended: Kent State University, USA
Major: PhD in Political Science, Transnational and Comparitive Politics

Dates: 2014-2015
Recipient: Mary Thamari Odhiambo
Home Country: Kenya
Attended: University of Birmingham, UK
Major: PhD in Africa Studies

Dates: 2014-2015
Recipient: Lydia Wanja Gitau
Home Country: Kenya
Attended: University of Sydney
Major: PhD in Peace and Conflict 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: 2010-2011
Recipient: Isioma Olivia Kemakolam
Home Country: Nigeria
Attended: Coventry University, Coventry UK
Major: Master’s in Peace and Reconciliatory Studies

Dates: 2008-2009
Recipient: Meron Zeleke Eresso
Home Country: Ethiopia
Attended: Bayreuth University
Major: Social Anthropology

Dates: 2006-2007
Recipient: Nuria Abdullahi Abdi
Home Country: Kenya
Attended: Eastern Mennonite University
Major: Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding

Dates: 2004-2005
Recipient: Laura Balbuena-Gonzalez
Home Country: Peru
Attended: New School for Social Research
Major: Political Philosophy

Dates: 2002-2003
Recipient: Seema Kazi
Home Country: India
Attended: London School of Economics and Political Science
Major: Gender Studies

Dates: 2000-2001
Recipient: Amira Osman
Home Country: Sudan
Attended: University of Bradford in U.K.
Major: Peace Studies

Dates: 1998-1999
Recipient: Jennifer Santiago Oreta
Home Country: Philippines
Attended: University of Philippines in the Philippines
Major: International Studies

Dates: 1996-1997
Recipient: Zoilamerica Ortega
Home Country: Nicaragua
Attended: Eastern Mennonite University in U.S.
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: 1992-1993
Recipient: Caroline Clara Lamwaka
Home Country: Uganda
Attended: Jawaharlal Nehru University in India
Major: International Studies

Dates: 1990-1991
Recipient: Sunila Negeshwar Singh
Home Country: India
Attended: Jamia Millia Islamia University in India
Major: Sociology