Megan Ryan, who just completed her first year in the M.A. program in Southeast Asian Studies, has been awarded a Boren Fellowship for the 2012-13 academic year to participate in research and language study in Indonesia.
Ryan's research will focus on “The Role of Adat and Islamic Law in Institutions of Dispute Resolution in Aceh, Indonesia” as she continues her study of Indonesian language.
The fellowships, sponsored by the National Security Education Program, provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to bolster their education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellows represent a variety of academic and professional disciplines, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages such as the Southeast Asian languages.
Ryan, along with U-M students Robert Poulson-Houser and Andrea Trese are three of only 119 graduate students nationwide selected for a Boren Fellowship.
This year, Boren Award recipients will live in countries throughout Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, studying 39 different languages. Since 1994, more than 4,700 students have received Boren Awards.
For further information about the Boren Fellowship visit www.ii.umich.edu/fellowshipsandgrants/graduate.