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UT Students Receive Inter-American Foundation Fellowships

Posted: August 28, 2008

Two University of Texas students are among twelve Ph.D. candidates from U.S. universities who will conduct dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean supported by IAF Grassroots Development Fellowships during the coming year. The Fellows were selected on the strength of their academic record, proposals, and potential contribution to grassroots development.

Christopher Anthony Loperena, who graduated with an M.A. from LLILAS in 2006, is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology. His research will focus on the Garifuna struggle for land and resources in Honduras.

Luis Mario Fujiwara, a Brazilian citizen, is a Ph.D. candidate in the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The focus of his research is on the role of the Pastoral de Criança program in reducing infant mortality in Brazil. Luis also is a familiar face at LLILAS, where he worked as a research assistant in the Brazil Center.

The IAF was created by the U.S. Congress in 1969 to fund the self-help initiatives of the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean and the groups that directly support them. Fellows examine the efforts of the rural and urban poor to improve their lives, their methods of organization and production, and the policies and programs designed to alleviate their poverty. The IAF partners with the Institute of International Education (IIE) to administer its Grassroots Development Fellowship program.

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