The Fletcher Educational Enrichment Fund (FEEF) makes small grants to allow students to participate in a variety of experiential activities that extend and enrich their course of study. Proposals for research, conference presentation and participation, academic and entrepreneurial competitions, and other activities related to academic and professional goals may be awarded funding to assist with travel and related expenses. All Fletcher degree candidates are eligible to submit proposals
Read more on the variety of activities and work carried out with support from the Fletcher Educational Enrichment Fund.
- Taking National Ownership of the Sustainable Development Goals in Indonesia
Angga Martha received a grant to pursue independent research in Jakarta, Indonesia. Angga's Capstone project investigated the relationships between Indonesia's efforts to position itself as a "global maritime axis" and its fulfillment of sustainable development goals. Through site visits and conversations with government officials, Angga's research revealed the country's "global maritime axis" aspirations being sidelined by its efforts to achieve sustainable development goals, rather than progressing in conjunction with those efforts.
- Fletcher Digital Diplomats - Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge, The Atlantic Council
Austin Bowman, Clark Frye, Libby Hennemuth, and Megan Keeling - Fletcher's "Digital Diplomats" - participated in The Atlantic Council Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge held at American University. The cyber-crisis simulation featured over 40 teams from universities nationwide competing in front of expert judges in the cyber policy sector. Acting as National Security Staff, the team was tasked with developing a policy response to a scenario involving a botnet takeover of China's Agriculture Bank targeting J.P. Morgan in the US. The group spent over a month preparing for the competition, producing policy papers and attending cyber policy events, and gained valuable networking opportunities at the event with key figures in cyber policy, including representatives of Facebook and the U.S. Cyber Command.
- Water Systems Science and Society - Palestine Practicum 2017
Mariela Medina Castellanos and Andrea Becerra spent spring break in the West Bank as part of an ongoing project of Tufts' interdisciplinary Water: Systems, Science & Society Program (WSSS). Participants in the WSSS Palestine Practicum conducted household surveys and analyzed tap water samples in Al-Walaja village to assess water access and quality. Their work showed the presence of coliform bacteria in several cisterns, as well as chronic seasonal water shortages in nearly 1/4 of the surveyed population, shortages which often resulted in greater cistern usage. The group recommended further studies incorporating larger sample sizes, as well as comparative samples during rainy and dry seasons.
- Spring School of Diplomatic Skills - Warsaw
Zviad Adzinbaia traveled to Warsaw to take part in the Spring School of Diplomatic Skills (SDS), sponsored by the European Academy of Diplomacy. SDS gathers aspiring diplomats from 12 countries across Europe to develop their skills through simulations, debates, public speaking exercises, and mock negotiations. With personnel from NGOs, multilateral organizations, and European governments serving as instructors, the SDS also provided Zviad with valuable networking opportunities, which he hopes to leverage as he continues to pursue his goals of work in trans-Atlantic security policy.
- The Aspen Institute Socrates Program
With Fletcher Educational Enrichment Fund support, Jared Nourse and Bogdan Rotar attended The Aspen Institute Socrates Program in Aspen, Colorado. The program, begun over 20 years ago, hosts topical conversations moderated by experts in the field. Topics included "The Motivation Divide in the Global Economy," "Global Security and America's Role in a New World Order," and "The Influence of the Corporation." Jared joined financiers, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, business leaders, and other graduate students for the latter of these seminars, spending several days discussing corporate history and the evolution of corporate decision-making.
In addition to attending the "Global Security and America's Role in the New World Order," Bogdan had the opportunity to spend time with the founders of the Socrates Program. The seminar was moderated by Harvey Rishikof, former Dean of Faculty at the Naval War College, and NPR correspondent Dina Temple-Ralston. Discussion topics included terrorism, cyber threats, and nuclear security issues. Both Jared and Bogdan had the opportunity to attend an additional discussion at the Aspen Center with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as well as a "speed networking" event.
- Undocumented: Along the Migrant Trail
As part of an ongoing photojournalism project, Anthony Schultz spent several days traveling a portion of the "migrant trail" in southern Arizona documenting articles left by migrants in their journeys across the Sonoran Desert. His larger work aims to produce a comprehensive documentary portrait of the migrant experience to the US, from the experience of traveling to and crossing the US-Mexico border, to the "virtual detention" faced by many upon arrival.
Anthony has previously spent time interviewing undocumented migrants in the Intensive Supervision Appearance Program (ISAP II) of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The program, which employs GPS ankle-monitors and unannounced home visits, costs far less than physical detention. Anthony has found that the program, while superior to physical detention in many respects, is still often a dehumanizing experience for migrants, and involves many practical challenges that make compliance difficult.
- NATO CyCon2017 - Cyber Security Conference, Estonia
A Fletcher Educational Enrichment Fund grant allowed Monica Ruiz to attend CyCon2017, an annual NATO-sponsored cyber security conference, in Tallinn, Estonia. The conference focused on "grey zone" areas between peace and conflict in which an increasing range of state and non-state actors exert influence and project power through cyber activities. The event included discussions with Paul Nicholas, head of Microsoft's Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy Team, Former Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand, and Prof. Michael Schmitt, Chairman of the Stockton Center at the US Naval War College.
- RightsCon - Brussels
Building upon her internship experience at the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn, Estonia, Natalie Balents attended RightsCon in Brussels to present her thesis research on the potential of e-governance in Eastern Europe. Natalie was selected from a pool of 400 submissions to present her research at the event, which is sponsored by AccessNow. Entitled "Will-o-the Wisp: The Perceptions of e-Government and Its Application for Development," her research presentation session framed a larger discussion of efforts to establish and consolidate internet-based and digital government services in middle income and transitioning states.
"I would like to thank the Fletcher Educational Enrichment Fund for giving me the opportunity to deepen my engagement with my capstone research."
"I thank the Fletcher Educational Enrichment Fund for the opportunity to be molded by some brilliant minds and an incredibly talented moderator!"
"The experience was very interesting and useful, and helped me achieve another step in my further development."
"I would like to express my gratitude for providing the opportunity to pursue and expand the scope of my research project, which has been successfully completed as a result."
"I was honored to represent and increase the visibility of The Fletcher School, Tufts University, The Human Rights Project, and The Fares Center. The international contacts made, the promotion of my institutional and organizational affiliations, and the actionable information that can further my research are things I could not have achieved through desk analysis or academic research on my own."
"Thank you for supporting me to attend this event. I was eager and excited to learn and further understand ways of mitigating cyber conflict and escalation."
"We are eagerly looking forward to applying our knowledge and mentoring future Fletcher students interested in cyber security policy. We hope to continue building The Fletcher School's reputation as an institution devoted to cyber policy."
"I would like to cordially thank The Fletcher Educational Enrichment Fund for the valuable help, which was a significant element in my future career development."