University of Wisconsin–Madison

Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship


In memory of Scott Kloeck-Jenson, a scholar dedicated to global peace and justice, the Institute for Regional and International Studies annually offers two awards: the SKJ Pre-Dissertation Travel Fellowships to support overseas travel to potential field research sites for doctoral students and the SKJ International Internship Fellowships to support graduate students (working towards a doctorate) interested in undertaking practitioner internships.


SKJ Pre-Dissertation Travel Fellowships are available to students of any nationality who are enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and are planning to conduct preliminary dissertation field research abroad.

SKJ International Internship Fellowships are available to students of any nationality who are enrolled in any graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (working towards a doctorate) and are planning to spend a summer working as an intern with an organization abroad.

Those enrolled in terminal master’s degree programs are not eligible for either award.

Award Details:

Amount awarded will depend on the proposed destination and time spent abroad. Awardees are encouraged to spend approximately 10 weeks in the field (outside the United States) but are required to spend a minimum of 8 weeks in the field. Time abroad outside the summer months will be considered though applicants should address these circumstances in their statement and should have his/her advisor address them in their letter of recommendation as well. Projects should include a social justice component (see below).

Award amounts vary year-to-year, based on time spent in the field, and depending on destination. Award amounts over the past 3 years (2015-2017) have varied between $3,700-$4,500.

IRIS will work with awardees to purchase flights through the Concur system (per University of Wisconsin policy). The balance of the award will be made available to awardees & managed via the UW’s e-reimbursement system.


Applications for the 2018 awards are due Monday, February 19, 2018.


  • Complete an online application through Scholarships@UW-Madison. You must indicate whether you are applying for the “SKJ Pre-Dissertation Travel Fellowship” or the “SKJ International Internship Fellowship” – applicants are allowed to apply for either the internship or the travel award but not for both. In addition to basic personal & project information you will need to provide the following:
  1. brief statement of language competency (as appropriate);
  2. upload a project statement (750-word maximum) – pre-dissertation travel proposals should include how the proposed fieldwork fits your overall research plan, prior experience in the country/region, and a proposed itinerary; international internship proposals should include details of how an internship experience would fit applicant’s research agenda, future plans, the type of internship the applicant is pursuing (including an initial list of institutions or organizations that may serve as host, you do not need to have secured the internship at the time of application), and contributions the applicant plans to make to the organization/s;
  3. upload a proposed budget for their time abroad (including airfare, in-country living & travel expenses, research expenses, etc);
  4. upload a brief (100-200 word) summary statement of how your proposed work will address and engage issues of social justice (guidance on what is meant by social justice can be found below);
  5. graduate transcript/s for courses taken at other institutions (optional).
  • Arrange for two (2) letters of recommendation, one of which must come from the applicant’s advisor. Applicants will provide the name & email address of recommenders who will then receive an invitation to upload letters via Scholarships@UW-Madison. We recommend applicants contact their references before listing them in their applications. Letters of recommendation should be on letterhead and signed.
  • As part of the application process you are asked to propose departure & return dates for your project. We recognize that these dates are subject to change. However, these dates also define the time you intend to spend abroad and any substantive decrease (of more than a few days) in time spent abroad between what is proposed in the application and your final itinerary may result in the award amount being reduced accordingly.
  • Please note: UW-Madison precludes student travel to locations under a US Department of State (DoS) travel warning. To read this policy and potentially request a waiver, see information under the “Travel Policies” and “Resources/FAQs” tabs on the website of the University International Travel Committee (UITC). To see if your desired destination is under a DoS travel warning, visit the DoS website. Questions regarding UW-Madison travel policy should be directed to Ron Machoian, the UW-Madison ISSD, who can be contacted at, or at 608.890.2446. Students hoping to travel to a location currently under a travel warning are allowed to apply for an SKJ Fellowship but it is the responsibility of awardees to secure any necessary waivers.

Social Justice:

Scott Kloeck-Jenson’s commitment to social justice in the broadest sense inspired the creators of this fellowship program to seek to support UW-Madison graduate students who share Scott’s belief that all research into the lives of disadvantaged persons or into the conditions that cause inequality and suffering around the world will form a part – large or small – of a cumulative process by which the world will become fairer and lives better. As such, many kinds of international research are about social justice by Scott’s own definition. We urge potential applicants to take Scott’s inspiration and this call for applications as an invitation to think through the social justice implications of their anticipated project and to apply for support whether their work is action-oriented and reformist (i.e., in the classic social justice tradition) or addresses in any fashion at all and in any discipline important problems faced by disadvantaged persons and communities outside the United States.

The application period for the 2018 awards is closed. Deadline to submit an application for summer 2018 awards was Monday, February 19, 2018.

Please address any questions to Mark Lilleleht at or 608.265.6070.

Read the biographies of the 2018 Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellows here.

Reports from the 2018 class:

Read the biographies of the 2017 Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellows here.

Reports from the 2017 class:

We are slowly migrating the SKJ Fellowship pages to the IRIS website. You can view a full list of past SKJ Fellows (and their projects) and learn more about Scott Kloeck-Jenson on the archived Global Studies website.

You can contribute to the Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship Fund here. All donations are tax-deductible and go to the direct support of SKJ Fellows.