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2010-11 Killam Fellow, Gregory Johnsen, at McGill University, Québec

Gregory Johnsen with the United States Ambassador to Canada, David Jacobson in Ottawa.
Gregory Johnsen with the United States Ambassador to Canada, David Jacobson in Ottawa.

The Killam Fellowship program has made clear to me that there are a great many planes on which the United States and Canada have the potential for collaboration. Of course, there are the obvious ones: shared public policy, commerce and trade, joint security, and environmental protection. Living in Canada has also afforded me the opportunity for another important one: friendship. After traveling to Ottawa in September for a joint Killam and Fulbright Canada orientation program though, I became aware of an additional possibility which may be too often overlooked.

We stand to gain a lot by sharing our ideas with each other. It was a profound experience to sit at the dinner table during our orientation and engage in conversation with some of the greatest academic minds, with leaders of industry, and with policymakers from both countries. I realized that as North Americans we all face many of the same challenges, but the responses from our business community, political leaders, and the academy are sometimes very different, and in that I see opportunity for learning and exchange. Neither country should be so brash as to think we have a monopoly on all the best ideas.

Gregory Johnsen, 2010-11 Killam Fellow (Economics/International Studies) with Vancouver inuksuk.
Gregory Johnsen, 2010-11 Killam Fellow (Economics/International Studies) with Vancouver inuksuk.

Gregory Johnsen is a senior majoring in Economics and International Studies at UW. He was awarded a 2010-2011 Killam Fellowship for a semester of study at McGill University in Montréal.

The Canadian Studies Center and Killam Foundation have an Memorandum of Understanding that provides up to two full academic year fellowships annually for UW students to study at a Canadian institution. Students from any school or department may apply. The award includes $10,000 US for a full academic year in Canada plus other benefits. Modeled much like the Fulbright award, the fellowship includes a fall orientation in Ottawa, Canada, a spring seminar in Washington, DC, and boasts a very active alumni group. Applications for the 2011-12 Killam Fellowship are due 7 January 2011. For more information on the Fellowship, past recipients, or an application form see http://jsis.washington.edu/canada/undergraduate/killam.shtml.

 

 

 


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