17 years Nigerian-American, Susan Ojukwu receives $90k International Development Graduate Fellowship Award

A Nigerian-American, Susan Ojukwu has recently received the received a USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship, awarded to outstanding individuals interested in careers in the foreign service of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Susan, 17 years of age, is a recent graduate of Rochester University. She graduated with double majors in international relations and public health. Her undergraduate studies have taken her to France, Hong Kong and China.

According to a Rochester University press release, Susan Ojukwu’s passion for international health was ignited when she visited her village in Nigeria. She went on to conduct her undergraduate research on strengthening health systems and food aid in West African countries.

She’ll pursue a master’s degree in public health at George Washington University this fall. Her career goals include improving healthcare delivery, building local capacity, and expanding access to the most vulnerable populations around the world as an officer in the USAID Foreign Service. The Donald M. Payne fellowship, which provides up to $96,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development.


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