July 21, 2016
Christine Kim, a doctoral student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded the National Security Education Program’s David L. Boren Fellowship. This scholarship supports certain fields of study, particularly languages, which have been identified as critical to United States national security.
Valued at up to $30,000, Boren scholarships are awarded to graduate students in exchange for their commitment to pursue work in federal government departments like defense, homeland security and state or intelligence agencies after graduation. Boren Scholars live and study in areas of the world that are important to national security.
Kim currently is a doctoral student of health policy and management in the Gillings School. She also is a 2015-2016 FHI 360-UNC Research Fellow.
The Boren Fellowship will enable her to travel to Uganda, where she will immerse herself in Swahili and Luganda and plans to conduct a process evaluation of a quality improvement project for integrated community-based family planning and HIV services.
Kim graduated with a major in history from the University of California-Berkeley in 2007 and also earned a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University in 2011.
“The Boren Fellowship is among the few awards available to fund deep pursuit of language study for graduate students, and the award underlines the commitment of both the federal government and the Institute of International Education to educate our country’s citizens,” said Mary Floyd-Wilson, director of Carolina’s Office of Distinguished Scholarships. “Without the substantial funding and programs available through the Boren Awards and the National Security Education Program, excellent students like Christine might find it difficult to gain advanced knowledge of less commonly studied and taught languages that are important to U.S. national security.”