US, India announce final round of 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Awards

US, India announce final round of 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Awards

The United States Department of State and India's University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced that USF has been awarded one of eight institutional partnership projects for the fifth and final round of the India-US 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Awards.

The announcement of the awards, formerly known as the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative, is a continuation of the educational partnership between the US and India.

The initiative aims to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between US and Indian institutions of higher education. Each project will receive an award of up to $190,000 that can be utilized over a three-year period, with the aim of encouraging mutual understanding, educational reform, and economic growth, as well as the development of junior faculty at U.S. and Indian and institutions of higher learning.

The USF team is comprised of Iraida Carrion, PhD, LCSW, Guitele Rahill, PhD, LCSW, and Manisha Joshi, PhD, MPH, MSW, from School of Social Work/CBCS and Nancy Romero-Daza, PhD, from Department of Anthropology/CAS. The project entitled "An Indigenous Studies Field School for Global Exchange in Northeast India: Fostering Educational and Public Health Initiative" will partner with the Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies, Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh and Research Institute of World's Ancient Traditions, Cultures and Heritage, Arunachal Pradesh to help strengthen USF's work/connections in India.