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University Library, Graduate Programs Award Students International Travel for Dissertation Research

The Georgia State University Library, in collaboration with the Office of Graduate Programs, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Dissertation Library Travel Awards. Awards are offered once per semester and are available to doctoral students in any discipline who require funding to travel to a museum, archive or library to complete dissertation research. Candidates must complete a comprehensive application to be eligible.

Suzanne Litrel is a Ph.D. student in history. She is studying “unlikely alliances and unimagined bonds” among the people residing in Dutch-held Brazil of the 17th century. She plans to use the award to travel to Lisbon, Portugal in order to access documents held at two archives – the Arquivo Histórico Ultramarino and the Arquivo Nacional Torre do Tombo.


Meshack Simati, a Ph.D. student in political science, is conducting research on the “the strategic interaction that happens between the opposition political parties or non-state actors and the judiciary during the pre and post-election period” in emerging African democracies. His travel award will facilitate access to newspapers and other reports at the Kenya National Library Archives.

Upon return, recipients are expected to present on their travel and research as it relates to their dissertation. Brief presentations will be held in the University Library.

Congratulations to Suzanne and Meshack!