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Learn more our current Vinson Fellows below.

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Fola is working with Rusty Brooks in the International Center.


Fola is a senior Honors student and UGA Foundation Fellow from Nigeria, pursuing a double major in international affairs and French. She has served as an honors policy scholar, a student researcher through the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities and as a Security Leadership Scholar at the UGA Center for International Trade and Security. She has interned in Washington, D.C., studied abroad in France and volunteers with the UGA Intensive English Program. Her research interests include conflict studies and resolution, human rights and security, and African affairs.

Christina is working with Mara Shaw in Governmental Training, Education, and Development.


Christina is a second-year undergraduate Honors student from Kennesaw. She is pursuing bachelor's degrees in international affairs and political science, minoring in Spanish and has begun working on a master’s degree in international policy. She has served as the political action chair with the Hispanic Student Association, trained as a site leader for IMPACT Alternative Spring Break trips and serves as a Goizueta Ambassador for the UGA Office of Undergraduate Admissions and assistant senior editor for the Georgia Political Review. Her research interests include immigrant and refugee social justice, global sustainable development and healthcare policy in the United States.

Austin is working with Stacy Jones in Governmental Training, Education, and Development.


Austin is a junior from Stone Mountain, studying political science and public relations with a certificate in public affairs. Throughout his time at UGA, Austin has held multiple leadership roles in student organizations such as The Arch Society, the UGA Wesley Foundation, the Student Government Association, Digital Dawgs and Leadership UGA. After studying abroad in Italy, Austin began serving as a student recruiter for the Center for the Study of Global Issues (GLOBIS). As an Honors Policy Scholar, he researched expanding open educational resources at UGA and has done research on the changing demographics of Gwinnett County and Georgia’s 7th Congressional District.