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Matthew Zhang and Frances Burton 2020-2021

Vanderbilt University seniors Matthew Zhang and Frances Burton have been selected as the 2020-2021 recipients of the Michael B. Keegan Traveling Fellowship.

Their Keegan-sponsored travel has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of university-sponsored travel. Similarly, 2021-2022 Keegan Fellows will be permitted to commence their fellowship travels in accordance with State Department travel warnings once Vanderbilt University resumes sponsored international travel.

The Keegan Fellowship aims to enhance the development of future leaders through world travel and experiential learning. Applicants should submit a plan of study and travel proposal by January 29, 2021. Finalist interviews with a committee of Keegan Fellowship alumni and Vanderbilt University staff will be conducted in February and early March.

The fellowship provides a graduating senior the opportunity to pursue an idea or issue they are passionate about in the context of daily life in communities around the world.

The $20,000 award will fund one year of travel, usually commencing in summer. On occasion, a second fellowship may be awarded in a single year. Recipients will work with the Career Center’s Associate Director of Fellowships and Scholarships, Elizabeth Harrington Lambert, to plan their year of travel and learning.

December 2020 and May 2021 graduates may apply for the fellowship through Vanderbilt’s InfoReady portal. The application will be posted in early December.