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Henry M. Jackson Doctoral Fellowship

Several years ago, the University of Washington's Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS) developed a new PhD program in order to strengthen its academic offerings. Beginning with the inaugural class in 2013-14, the Jackson Foundation has provided support to an outstanding PhD student working in a field related to the Foundation. Subjects for the Henry M. Jackson Doctoral Fellowship may include Foreign Policy, Environmental Studies, Human Rights, Russia, Eastern Europe, or the Middle East. The Foundation's funds have enabled the Jackson School to secure exceptional young scholars.     

The program is pragmatic in nature – lasting three years (rather than the customary five) and thematic (rather than just history, politics, or economics). A recent PhD fellow, Deep Pal, studies Indian foreign and security policy and follows India’s interaction with China with great interest. Deep values the Jackson legacy in his work: “I was first exposed to Senator Jackson’s vision of forging closer alliances in Asia during my stint with the National Bureau of Asian Research in Washington, D.C. I believe this line of thought resonates in my work – at a time when Asia is undergoing profound changes, alliances between like-minded powers like India and the United States are going to be more important.”

Henry M. Jackson / Gordon C. Culp Fellowships

Board Members Craig Gannett and Andrew Munro chat with Celia Anne Baker, Jackson/Culp Fellow
The Henry M. Jackson/Gordon C. Culp Fellowship Program at the Jackson School of International Studies is highly valued by the Jackson School administration and faculty for its ability to attract outstanding students. The fellowship provides support for MA students engaged in the study of the history, politics, and culture of Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and China. Since 1985, the Jackson Foundation has contributed more than $2.9 million to support fellowships awarded to exceptional graduate students pursuing degrees in Chinese and Russian studies.

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation’s well-established fellowship program in the fields of Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies, and China Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies was rededicated in 2007 to honor the late Gordon C. Culp (1926-2006), a former counsel to Senator Jackson and a long-time member of the Foundation’s Board of Governors. A respected lawyer, public servant, and visionary leader, Gordon Culp’s exemplary career earned him the respect of all who knew and worked with him. He had a lifelong love of learning, an insatiable curiosity, and a reputation for steadfastness of purpose. He was deeply committed to the Jackson School and its mission and shared Senator Jackson’s interest in education young leaders for global citizenship. Like the Senator, he believed in investing in quality education and in the importance of supporting the professional development of promising young scholars.

As an alumnus of the University of Washington and its School of Law, Gordon Culp was honored to serve as a Regent of the University of Washington and later on the University’s Medical School Board where he was active in creating the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Former UW President William Gerberding praised him for his thoroughness and attention to detail. He described him as “among the best informed and most analytical UW Regents I encountered in over 16 years.”


Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship

S. Sterling Munro, Jr., former aid to Sen. Henry M. Jackson
The Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship at the University of Washington's Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center was originally named the "Sterling and Gene Munro Public Service Fellowship" in honor of S. Sterling Munro, Jr., a former senior aide to Senator Jackson noted for his outstanding public service record and leadership qualities, and his wife, Gene Munro. The Fellowship's current name honors the legacy of both Senator Jackson and the work of Sterling and Gene Munro. 

During Munro's 25 years of public service to Washington state and the nation, he was extensively involved in natural resources legislation, playing a key role in creating the North Cascades National Park, and contributing to the passage of the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Environmental Protection Act, and the Youth Conservation Corps Act. Munro also served on the board of directors of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and the board of trustees of Central Washington University.

Gene Munro, a native of Wenatchee, WA and a lifelong public service advocate, authorized the Jackson Foundation and the Carlson Center to establish the Sterling Munro Fellowship upon Sterling’s death in 1992. The Fellowship seeks to encourage a life-long commitment to public service by providing outstanding University of Washington undergraduates with the opportunity to explore their potential for service and leadership in the community.

Henry M. Jackson Fellowship, Evans School

Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance
Since 1989, the Foundation has supported graduate students pursuing careers in environmental policy and natural resources management at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Policy and Governance with the Henry M. Jackson Fellowship, with preference given to students of American Indian or Alaska Native heritage.

By supplementing income, these fellowships enable students to focus intently on their studies as well as pursue summer research and internship projects. The Jackson Fellowships are given to some of the most promising incoming graduate students at the Evans School each year.

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