Past Fellows

The Human Development Fellowship program aims to help a select group of Dartmouth's top students develop the technical skills and professional experiences necessary to work in international development. Since 2014, the following students were awarded fellowships.

Nishi Jain '21

Alida Angafor '21


Angel is from Charlotte, North Carolina, but as a child she spent several years in Abuja, Nigeria, learning about her heritage. This is where her passion for development and equality in Africa befan.

At Dartmouth, she is pursuing a Sociology major and a minor in Chemistry while on the pre-med track. She is a member of the Dartmouth African Student Association and a contributor to Black Praxis magazine. In her free time, she loves debating the status qo, crating art, reading, and writing short stories. She is particularly interested in understanding the ways stustainable economic development, higher literacy, and health equality can be realized, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. 


Meriem was born and raised in Rabat, Morocco. At 16, she left her hometown to pursue a global education in United World College (UWC) in Norway.

During her time there, she was the Co-President of Living Environment And Future, a sustainably-oriented and humanitarian NGO that designed and implemented a development project in Ghana. After graduating, Meriem decided to cross the Atlantic and to attend Dartmouth College. She is considering a double major in Economics and Quantitative Social Science.

Meriem is interested in using research-based evidence and data to explore sustainability, female empowerment and poverty alleviation, especially in developing countries. During her freshman year, she was an Ecorep intern for Dartmouth's Sustainability office, an Economics and Arabic tutor, a member of the Women Basketball Club, and a member of Ledyard Canoe Club. As a Fellow, Meriem will work as a Research Assistant for Prof. Ryan Edwards.


Nithila Arumugam '20




Benny Adapon '19

Benny hails from Manila, Philippines, having also spent some years in Los Angeles, California. He earned a degree in Geography modified with Environmental Studies. At Dartmouth, he was involved in GlobeMed, a global health club partnered with the Kachin Women's Association in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he spent his freshman summer interning to participate in development work related to Kachin and ethnic rights. Benny helped organize a Food Sovereignty Conference in May 2019, worked as a Research Assistant to Prof. Lisa Adams, and was also involved with the Divest Dartmouth campaign. 

Nithila Arumugam '20

Muhammad Adil Asan '19

Adil grew up in Lahore, Pakistan. Adil was the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Pakistan's first student-syndicated science magazine, "Solaris," and was a co-founder of the Pakistani chapter of The Planetary Society. At Dartmouth, Adil double majored in Economics and Mathematics. He conducted research on the religious coping mechanisms of schizophrenics in Pakistan, and was a research assistant to Professor Diego Comin, while also participating in the Rockefeller Center's Global Leadership Program. He is pursuing a career in developmental economics.

Solomon Bang '19

Solomon was born in Seoul, South Korea but spent the majority of his life in Dhaka, Bangladesh. At Dartmouth, he pursued an Environmental Studies and Economics double major. Solomon was the treasurer of the International Student Association, a member of the International Development Forum, and a member of Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering. As a Fellow, Solomon worked as a Research Assistant to Prof. Anne Kapucinski and pursued an internship with HeartCapital, a social venture capital firm, in South Africa.

Allyson Block '19

Allyson proudly hails from Upstate New York. At Dartmouth, she pursued a Geography major with a Spanish minor. Before coming to Hanover, Allyson took a gap year and lived as a Rotary Exchange Student in Ecuador; an experience which stoked her interest in all things development. On campus she was a resident of the Global Village, an America Reads tutor, a Great Issues Scholar Mentor, and a member of the Dickey Center's International Development Forum. Allyson worked as an intern at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA.

Michaela Caplan '19

Michaela is from Acton, MA. She majored in anthropology modified with African and African-American Studies and minoring in Environmental Studies. As a Wilderness EMT, Michaela spend five months working as a medic at the Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance Camp with the Medical Healer Council. She then spent several months working on an organic farm and doing local community organizing. At Dartmouth, she ran the Student Mindfulness Group and has been involved in different student organizing efforts. As a recipient of the Anthropology Department's Claire Garber Goodman Fund, Michaela conducted ethnographic research into the generation and effects of normative culture at Dartmouth.

Maanav Jalan '19

Maanav is from various places in India, most recently from New Delhi. He is majoring in Environmental Studies and interested in many other disciplines including English and Anthropolgy. While he is a generally involved in sustainability efforts on campus, Maanav is particularly invested in the fossil fuel divestment campaign. He works in a Dartmouth ecology lab on soil and insects, and when in India works in an anti-caste publishing house, Navayana. Maanav is an executive member of the International Development Forum and has been a Great Issues Scholar.

Genna Liu '19

Genna comes from West Virginia and is pursuing a major in Economics and Government. During her first year, she participated in the Great Issues Scholar program, for which she is serving as a mentor this year. She is also involved with the Dandelion Project, a student-run organization that provides course materials and volunteer English teachers to under-resourced schools in China.

Hallie Reichel '18

From Richmond, Virginia, Hallie majored in Government and French. She studied in Paris (French FSP) and worked as a French drill instructor. Hallie was also an active member of Christian Union on campus. She explored her interest in human rights work by interning at the Richmond Justice Initiative, a grassroots anti-human trafficking organization. Hallie is pursuing a career in the non-profit sector in the areas of education, human rights, and political reform.

Saadjo Sow '18

Saadjo is from the Bronx, NYC and originally from Senegal and Guinea. She earned a double major in Geography and Government. She participated in the Dickey Great Issues Scholars Program and later pursued a Dickey internship at the YMCA Senegal. On campus, she was a member of the SOYEYA African Dance Troupe.

Michelle Dundek '18

Michelle grew up in New Lenox, IL, south of Chicago. She earned a Bachelor of Engineering concentrating in Mechanical Engineering, along with a minor in Chinese. During the Summer of 2016, she traveled to Beijing for the Chinese FSP, and spent a term attending the Chinese University of Hong Kong on an engineering exchange program. She was a member of the Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering, participated in an Alternative Spring Break trip to the Dominican Republic, and volunteered with the Dandelion Project, an education program for under-resourced schools in China. As a Fellow, Michelle conducted research with Prof. Ken Bauer and interned with MakerHealth in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Allison Gelman '18

Allison was history and economics double major with a focus in developmental and international economics. As a Fellow, Allison was a Research Assistant to Prof. Eric Edmonds. Upon graduation, Allison was named a James C. Gaither Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Alyssa Heinze '18

Alyssa is from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania majored in Government and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies. While at Dartmouth, Alyssa studied development, conflict, and policy as an attendee of the AMES FSP in Hyderabad, India, War and Peace Fellow, Global Health Initiative Scholar, Presidential Scholar, and Rockefeller Leadership Fellow. Her other campus involvements include being student director at the Guarini Institute for International Education, a Link-Up mentor, and Co-Captain of Women's Club Ice Hockey and Women's Club Lacrosse. Her professional experience includes interning at: Chhori (daughter), a women's advocacy and policy NGO in Kathmandu, Nepal; Vera Solutions, an organization that uses data solutions to enhance social change initiatives, in Mumbai, India; and McKinsey & Company in Boston. Upon graduation, Alyssa commenced a Fulbright Fellowship in India.

Ankhet Holmes '18

Ankhet grew up in Los Angeles, CA. She was a Geography major with minors in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and International Studies. During Winter 2015, she studied abroad in Hyderabad, India on the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies FSP. In Spring 2015, she returned to Indonesia to intern at The United States - Indonesia Society (USINDO), the premier NGO focused on diplomacy between the two nations. There, she built upon her former knowledge of the language, the culture, and the city and learned more about what it means to work in international relations. On campus, Ankhet was student director of Dartmouth's Guarini Institute for International Education where she promoted study abroad programs for her peers. In this position she lead student advisory board meetings and planned major events like the fall study abroad fair. She was a member of Women of Color Collective and a Sexual Assault Peer Advocate (SAPA).

Akhila Kovvuri '18

Akhila is from Hyderabad, India, and majored in Economics. She was involved with the Dickey Center from her freshmen year through the Great Issues Scholar program, World Outlook, and the International Development Forum. She gained hands-on experience in development economics research through study abroad programs and internships in Kosovo, Peru, southern Africa, India and Ghana.

Skye Herrick '17

Skye Herrick is from upstate New York and earned a major in Economics modified with Geography. Before attending Dartmouth, she took a gap year to work as an au pair in France and then volunteered with primary schools in Tanzania. Skye received a Tucker Fellowship to spend her first-year summer working with a Christian development organization in Malawi.  As a Human Development Fellow, Skye undertook an internship at The Clothing Bank in East London, South Africa. Skye also spent a term in southern Africa with the Environmental Studies FSP. Skye also worked as a Research Assistant to Prof. Paul Novosad. At Dartmouth she ws heavily involved in the Christian community, including singing in X.ado, Dartmouth's Christian a cappella group. She has also worked as an Undergraduate Advisor. Skye is currently a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin.

Ashley Manning '17

Ashley Manning was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She was a Geography major focusing on human development and culture, with a potential minor in Government or Latin American studies. At Dartmouth, Ashley worked as an undergraduate advisor at the Global Village and as a Spanish drill instructor. She was also a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, Community Service Coordinator of the College Hillel, and a War & Peace Fellow. With support from the Human Development Fellowship, Annelise worked as a Research Assistant to Prof. Susanne Freidberg. Ashley was also a Paganucci Fellow, working with students at the Tuck School of Business as part of a development consulting team. Upon graduation, Ashley worked for the Thayer School of Engineering to create a two-term human-centered design course for Dartmouth students across all majors.

Adaeze Nduaguba '17

Adaeze was born and raised in Nigeria, where she lived during the earlier years of her childhood prior to immigrating to Boston, MA. She was a double major in Government and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. At Dartmouth, she was a member of the Student and Presidential Committee on Sexual Assault (SPCSA), a Sexual Assault Peer Advocate (SAPA) and a member of the Undergraduate Finance Committee (UFC). Outside of the classroom, she conducted research in the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies program as a Presidential Scholar. Adaeze completed policy-based internships in Nigeria, at the National Organization for Women (NOW), and at the Office of First Lady Michelle Obama. She also studied abroad at the London School of Economics with the Government Department. She was a Rockefeller Center intern and completed their Global Leadership Program and the Management and Leadership Development Program.

Alisa White '17

Alisa White hails from Albany, NY, and was an Economics and Environmental Studies major. Alisa has worked for the Dartmouth Sustainability Office as an Eco Rep and as the treasurer of the Sustainable Living Center. She was a Great Issues Scholar at the Dickey Center and also participated in the Rockefeller Center's Peer Mentoring Program. Alisa also participated in the Environmental Studies Africa FSP. She sang with the Dodecaphonics, a co-ed acapella group, and was president of Dartmouth Rootstrikers, an activist group for campaign finance reform. Annelise worked with Prof. Jonathan Zinman as a Research Assistant.

Kripa Dongol '16

Kripa hails from Nepal and earned a degree in Geography. At Dartmouth, she worked in diverse settings: as a HOP Garage intern and as an Undergraduate Advisor for the Native American House. She served on the board of Milan (the South Asian Student Association), played rugby, and was a member of Sigma Delta sorority. She served as a Tucker Service Fellow teaching in a Nepali primary school, was a farm intern with the Office of Sustainability, and worked with Dartmouth Roots. Kripa worked with Professor Sienna Craig, who is focused on global health and development and conducts research in Nepal, as her mentor. As a Human Development Fellow, Kripa undertook an internship at One HEART Worldwide in Nepal. One HEART is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing preventable deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth in remote, rural, and indigenous communities. Upon graduation, Kripa was awarded a Lombard Public Service Fellowship to teach environmental science and leadership skills at the Maya Academy in rural Nepal. 

Annelise Sauter '16

Annelise Sauter was born and raised in Costa Rica. At Dartmouth, she pursued an Economics major modified with Environmental Studies and a German Studies minor. To compare experiences living in developed and developing countries, she actively sought out off-campus opportunities through the German LSA and FSP in Berlin and the Environmental Studies FSP in southern Africa.

Annelise also worked as a Research Assistant to Prof. Susanne Freidberg. Upon graduation, Annelise was hired to work for Dartmouth's Sustainability Office.

Katie Trinh '16

Katie Trinh is from northern California's Bay Area. At Dartmouth, she majored in economics, with a focus on development and finance courses. As a Junior, she studied international trade and the economics of industry at Oxford. Katie also took classes in the Government Department – particularly ones related to weapons and war. Outside of classes, Katie was co-chair for ESL Tutoring, a research assistant for the Economics Department, and a sister of Kappa Delta Epsilon sorority. She also served as a Tucker Foundation Intern, a Tucker Leader in Community, and a Dickey Center Great Issues Scholar. Upon graduation, Katie was hired by Oliver Wyman, a leading global management consulting firm.