September 23, 2011 – The University of Houston Law Center is hosting a new international scholar as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program. Nargiz Balakishiyeva from Azerbaijan has joined the Law Center’s LL.M. program.
Established by the U.S. Congress in 1992, the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State. The Muskie program aims to promote mutual understanding, build democracy and foster the transition to market economies in Eurasia through intensive academic study and professional training.
Muskie fellows gain exposure to American values through a community service experience and develop professional skills through a full-time internship in their field of study. The program is highly competitive, averaging nearly 4,000 applications per year with a 4% rate of acceptance.