Rice University graduate student Peter Barth, currently enrolled in the Master of Global Affairs (MGA) program, has been selected to receive a DACOR (Diplomat and Consular Officers, Retired) Bacon House Foundation fellowship totaling $10,000.
The award was established to encourage and assist American students
in advanced study of international affairs at recognized institutions of
higher learning in the U.S. The awards are given primarily on the basis
of academic excellence. Award recipients are expected to have an
expressed interest in pursuing some aspect of international affairs,
such as a language, conflict resolution, international economics or
Barth, a native of Manchester-by-the Sea, Mass., was required to
submit a 600-word essay about his qualifications for the award, a
transcript and a curriculum vita. He traveled to Washington, D.C. for an
interview for the fellowship. The award will fund the remainder of
Barth’s Rice graduate education. He received a B.A. in English from Rice
“I feel honored and very grateful to have received this fellowship,”
said Barth. “I’m pursuing a career in the federal government, most
likely the State Department, where I hope to apply some of the skills
I’ve developed in my time here at Rice to study issues related to U.S.
foreign policy in Latin America.”
Barth’s receipt of the fellowship is a testament to the truly high
caliber of the MGA students and faculty, said Mark Jones, the Joseph D.
Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies at Rice and the MGA program
“This honor underscores the MGA program’s rapidly rising status as
one of the country’s leading programs for the study of global affairs,
where students learn within an institution that serves as a bridge
between the world of ideas and the world of action,” Jones said.
The DACOR Bacon House Foundation promotes public understanding of
international affairs and diplomacy through scholarships, lectures,
publications and conferences and preserves the historic DACOR Bacon
House in Washington, D.C., as a testament to America’s diplomatic
For more information on the fellowship, visit http://dacorbacon.org/. For more information on Rice’s MGA program, visit http://mga.rice.edu/.
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