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Tsuha Global Fellows Program

The Tsuha Global Fellows Program has been founded through a partnership between UWA and the Tsuha Foundation, Hawaii. Following over 360 applications being received in 2021, the first successful cohort of Fellows were recently announced, with the aim of commencing the program in January 2022.  

The Program seeks to support the next generation of leaders from low- and middle-income countries (as defined by the World Bank) via targeted educational, mentorship and networking opportunities at UWA, to implement projects in their home country related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Successful Fellows will be matched to work with academic staff mentors at UWA who are expert in their respective areas of interest. As a result, Fellows will design and implement projects that will improve the lives of people in their home countries.

The Tsuha Foundation has committed to funding the Program, which will cover Fellows return travel to/from Perth, accommodation whilst in Perth, meals, transport, visa fees and UWA unit enrollment costs, as well as return travel for mentors to visit the Fellows in country and come administrative costs.  

To create the next generation of global leaders through experience rich education. 

Fellows projects

  • Anna Oposa (Philippines)

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    Mentor: Professor Erika Techera
    Project: Develop a science-based, socially just, and enforceable legal framework for shark conservation in the Philippines, redesign training programs, and prepare for upcoming international endangered species convention meetings.

  • Nkechika Ibe (Nigeria)

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    Mentor: Dr David Mickler
    Project: Develop and implement a Women in Security, Peace & Diplomacy Network (WISPAD) in Nigeria which will encourage women to become more involved in conflict resolution and peacemaking as influential agents and decision-makers and provide a dynamic platform for their ongoing mutual support and collaboration.

  • Tara Devi Laabar (Bhutan)

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    Mentor: Assistant Professor Ian Li
    Project: Implementation of palliative care in Bhutan with a focus on i) training and increasing awareness of palliative care for healthcare workers, policy makers and relevant stakeholders; ii) making essential drugs for palliative care available at all levels of healthcare, and iii) generation of health economic evidence on palliative care delivery for policy makers

  • Joseph Mlay (Tanzania)
    Mentor: Professor Erika Techera
    Project: Build knowledge and design a training programme for female parliamentarians and corporate leaders to increase women voices and engagement in climate action, policy and decision making.
  • Beatrice Baiden (Ghana)

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    Mentor: Dr David Mickler
    Project: Develop and implement a public advocacy campaign and series of platforms to promote peace education in Ghana, with a focus on youth and women, under the title Promoting Local Ownership of Sustainable Peace in Ghana.

  • Myhbub Ul Alam (Bangladesh)

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    Mentor: Assistant Professor Ian Li
    Project: Predicting sanitation behaviours: comparison of willingness to pay techniques for sanitation services in urban Dhaka, Bangladesh which will have immense policy and welfare implications, improving the well-being of disadvantaged populations in Dhaka.

  • Cyan Brown (South Africa)

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    Mentor: Professor Petra Tschakert
    Project: Design and implement an online course for healthcare professionals on climate justice and health in the sub-Saharan African context.

  • Venessa Mehlhorn (Sechelles)

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    Mentor: Professor Petra Tschakert
    Project: Develop a localised and customised monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework and system to improve tracking and reporting of the SDGs in Seychelles.

Scholarships & PhD Opportunities

Tsuha Global Fellows Scholarship covers costs associated with a Fellow's participation including, but not limited to:

  • Travel expenses
  • Accommodation Meals
  • Coursework fees

Due to COVID-19, coursework, training and meetings may be held virtually until it is safe and appropriate to travel and meet in person.

Read more here.

There are no PhD opportunities aligned with this specific program. However, there is potential for the Fellows to continue onto a PhD once they have completed their project and identified, along with their UWA mentor, the opportunity to continue research in their topic.  

To be eligible for the Program, Fellows must have:

i) completed an undergraduate degree;
ii) demonstrated written and verbal English proficiency; and
iii) demonstrated success in their current work.

Applications to the program must include an actionable project which holds the potential to lead to meaningful change in their home country.

For more information, contact:

Leah Cronn, J.D.  
Adjunct Lecturer
School of Population and Global Health
The University of Western Australia 
Email: [email protected]

Get in touch

Contact: Mr Dave Connell (Adviser, Internationalisation)
Address: Global Engagement Office (map)
Phone: +61 8 6488 4794
Email: [email protected]

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