The Leon E Clark Fellowship for Applied Research on Culture and International Development in Latin America and Africa
Building on a helpful base of ‘seed’ money given to honor Leon by his friends, colleagues and students, his widow, Dr. Maria Donoso Clark, has made a very generous and interesting gift in his name to the International Development Program, School of International Service. The purpose is to celebrate Leon, his ideals and contributions, most notably his emphasis on the importance of culture and cultural understanding.
The gift will encourage, enable and challenge graduate students in the International Development Program to carry out original field research on the interconnection between culture and international development, with a preferred focus on Latin America and Africa. The objectives are to provide a meaningful opportunity for primary field research focused on cultural themes, enhance appreciation and assessment of the complexity, richness and importance of culture in societies, raise the quality and sensitivity of development initiatives and to better inform those in the United States who think about, plan and implement development and foreign policies and programs. The award will be given once a year to a student in the International Development Program.