We are proud to announce the unparalleled success of the students in our graduate program in Medical Anthropology and Global Health in obtaining highly competitive national grant awards to support their doctoral dissertation research. Fourteen students have received a National Science Foundation Dissertation Research Improvement Grant and two students have received an award from the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program.

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Less than 20% of applicants to this highly competitive program are rated as ‘must fund’, making the success of the students (past and present) listed below particularly noteworthy. For more information on NSF Dissertation Research Improvement Grants, see:


Megan Schmidt-Sane, “A Mixed-Methods Study of Health Vulnerability and Social Resilience in Kampala, Uganda” 2018-2019 (Doctoral Dissertation Research)


Kelley Kampman, “The Influence of Biomedicalized Addiction Treatment on Mothering Practices” 2017-2018 (Doctoral Dissertation Research)


Sarah Miller-Fellows, “Reproduction in the Context of Genetic Disorders among the Geauga County, Ohio Amish” 2015-2017 (Doctoral Dissertation Research)


Allison Schlosser, “Biopolitical Citizenship, Subjectivity and Addiction Treatment in Post-Welfare United States” 2013-2017 (Dissertation Research)


Sarah Rubin, “Motherhood and Emotional Distress in a South African Township: An Ethnographical Investigation of Postnatal Depression in Sociocultural Context” 2010-2011 (Doctoral Dissertation Research)


Nadia El-Shaarawi, “Living in Liminality: Experiences of Displacement and Mental Health Among Iraqi Refugees in Cairo, Egypt.” 2009-2011 (Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant)


Meghan Halley, “Unyago and Jando: The Role of Adolescent Initiation Rituals in Shaping Youth Sexuality in Rural Tanzania.” 2009-2010 (Dissertation Research)

Stephanie McClure, “Body Culture, African American Girls, and Physical Activity Engagement” 2009-2012 (Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant)


Joseph Galanek, “Sociocultural Context of Mental Illness in Prisons.” 2008-2010 (Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant)


Margaret Winchester, “Policy, Service, and Experience: The Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and HIV Infection in Uganda.” 2008-2009 (Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant)


Maggie Zraly, “Resilience among Rwandan Women Genocide Survivor Networks.” 2008-2010 (International Research Fellowship Program)


Sarah Rundall, “The Experience of Disability in a Himalayan Community.” 2007-2010 (Dissertation Research)


Alex Bridges, “Cognition and Religion: Religiosity in Tibetan Buddhist Monasticism as a Test Case” 2007-2010 (Dissertation Research)


Kate Masley, “Living the “Latina Paradox”: An Ethnography of Pregnant Latinas in Cleveland, Ohio.” 2004 -2006 (Doctoral Dissertation Research)

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad award

Only about 130 of these highly competitive grants are awarded annually. For more information on this award, see:http://www.ed.gov/programs/iegpsddrap/index.html

Brad Casucci

“Trachoma Intervention and the Maasai of Losho, Kenya: An Interaction of Health Cosmologies”

Sarah Rubin

“Motherhood and Emotional Distress in a South African Township”