Graduate Scholar Awards

For each conference, a small number of Graduate Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students who have an active academic interest in the conference area. Graduate Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, participating in Talking Circles, and presenting their own research papers. The Award, with its accompanying responsibilities, provides a strong professional development opportunity for graduate students at this stage in their academic careers. Meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and friendships are all additional benefits of this Award.

Graduate Scholars are entitled to free registration and are given special recognition during the conference proceedings. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate studies program. Awardees must be available on-site the day prior to the conference (for orientation and training) and throughout the conference.

The deadline for graduate scholar applications can be found on the application. Please click the button below to apply.



2014 Graduate Scholar Testimonies

"One of the most important skills I acquired as a Graduate Scholar is networking with fellow participants at the Conference. My position as a Graduate Scholar gave me the opportunity to talk with many delegates, with whom I might not have communicated if I had not chaired their panels, for instance. The experience taught me how to lead discussion amongst panelists and members of the audience and how to summarize the opinions voiced or to add yet another perspective (my own) to the debate."Lieselot Verdonck

"It has helped me work on presentation skills. Having chaired so many sessions, it will also help me in taking on bigger roles in future conferences." - 2014 Graduate Scholar

"It was an invaluable experience being a Graduate Scholar, especially that we got the unique opportunity to chair sessions. Having such a role not only allowed our leadership skills to flourish, but it also gave us the opportunity to build networks." - 2014 Graduate Scholar


Adetoro Olaniyi Banwo

Adetoro Olaniyi Banwo has varied professional experience in teaching; he has vast knowledge in Chinese History,  Chinese Philosophy and Chinese Thought.  He holds  a Bachelor of Science Degree  in  Political  Science  from Ogun  State  University,  Master  of  Science  in  International Management from University of Liverpool,  and Master of Chinese Philosophy from Xiamen University. He is currently a Phd Research Candidate of Chinese History at Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian Province China.Furthermore, he has not only authored and published a number of articles in Chinese History, Philosophy  and  Culture,  but  also  attended  and  presented  papers  at  numerous  academic conferences internationally.


Mitrajit Biswas

Mitrajit Biswas from Kolkata, India, is currently enrolled in his second masters program, through which he is pursuing his Masters in Research and Foreign Policy from the Institute of Foreign Policy Studies. Mitrajit is currently on an exchange program in Germany, Bremen University of Applied Sciences. His previous Masters was in Commerce with a Major in Marketing Management from ST.Xavier's College, Kolkata with First Class. His hobbies are story writing and ticket collection.



Parag Kadam

Parag did his first bachelor’s study in chemical engineering in India and the second one in anthropology in New Zealand. In the past, he has worked in Peru with an archaeology field-school and with UNESCO, Bangkok to understand how to deal with problems stemming from population differences. He was in western Tanzania last year conducting research in primate behavioral ecology. Currently in MSc Evolutionary Anthropology program at Durham University, his research interests lie towards studying evolution of complex societies through social self-organization based on energy constraints, applying the primatological perspective.


Michał Pawiński

Michał Pawiński is Ph.D student at the Tamkang University, Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies in Taipei; and non-resident fellow in the Department of East-Asian and Pacific Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Scholarship recipient for outstanding individuals, awarded by Ministry of Education, Republic of China in Taiwan. He published a co-authored book with professor Waldemar J. Dziak, discussing People’s Liberation Army (Polish Academy of Sciences, December 2014).  His research focus on the role of culture in warfare.



Mahfuzuar Rahman Barbhuiya

Mahfuzuar Rahman Barbhuiya, popularly known as Mehfuz is a young architect from Assam, India. He received his architectural training from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal in the year 2013. He is currently pursuing his post-graduation from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee in Urban and Rural Planning. Mahfuzuar has taken up a challenging and very appropriate research thesis in Indian context titled “Appropriate Technology Intervention and Community Development Strategies for Model Village Development for Juang Tribe in Kendujhar District, Odisha”. He is engaged in various research and consultancy projects funded by various Indian government agencies. He has been engaged in teaching and has published papers in referred journals. Organizing events has also been a comprehensive part of his expertise. An avid biking enthusiast, he has explored 56 cities by road covering 22 thousand kilometres. Apart from being adventurous and explorative on road, he also excels in the kitchen, being a cook par excellence.


Viviane Riegel

Viviane Riegel is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Goldsmiths College - University of London (2014)/ University of Maryland (2012-2013), Master in Communication and Consumption Practices at ESPM-SP (2010) and Bachelor's degree in Marketing management from ESPM-SP (2002). Her research is focused on global brands and the reproduction of cosmopolitan lifestyles. She is part of an international research team, with the project Global Culture and Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism. Her teaching experience includes Brands, Planning and Communication disciplines for undergraduate courses in Business Administration, International Relations and Communication.


Cody Carlos Rodriguez

Representing the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Education, doctoral student, Cody Carlos Rodriguez, has chosen to focus his dissertation research on the topic of global citizenship education and the impact of globalization on the island of Oahu.  Originally a native of Indiana and the son of an immigrant, Cody brings his ten years of educational experience in Hawaii and world travel to the conference to share the development and change of his island home in the midst of the global era.




David Sarkisyan

David Sarkisyan is currently a master’s student at the department of International Relations, Yerevan State University. Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, David received Bachelor’s degree with honors in International Relations from Yerevan State University. Among the recent works are: “Narrowing US-China Power Gap and China Threat Theory”,  “Future of Sino-Japanese Relations: Geopolitical Arm-Wrestling or Regional Cooperation”, etc. His research interests include East Asian regional politics, power transition, Sino-Japanese, US-China relations. He has received research and travel grants  from Young Scholars Support Program and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Currently he is a John Kirakosyan scholar and a research fellow at Caucasus Research Resource Center-Armenia.

Lamia Zia

Lamia is an independent journalist and political communication researcher at the University of Texas. She has received her M.A. in Media studies from the University of Iowa. Currently, pursuing M.A. in Political Science at the University of Texas. She has worked with renowned award-winning journalists, research scholars and US-Pakistani diplomats in Washington DC. Apart of extensive writing on human rights, International relations, social media & women in politics,  she has also worked at national TV channel, GEO as a senior correspondent. In 2004, She was awarded British Council fellowship and worked as a research fellow with Panos Institute London.

Currently, her Op-eds appear in nationally acclaimed Pakistani newspapers including The Express Tribune and Daily Times. She has been interviewed by numerous major media outlets including the Voice of America, Daily Iowan, and Jeremy Taylor Show, Lawrence Kansas.