Hans de Wit Fellowship for early career researchers in higher education (Center for International Higher Education, Boston College)

Hans de Wit Fellowship for early career researchers in higher education (Center for International Higher Education, Boston College)

Hans de Wit Fellowship for early career researchers in higher education (Center for International Higher Education, Boston College)

Announcing the establishment of the Hans de Wit Fellowship for early career researchers in higher education

The Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) at Boston College is delighted to announce the launch of a new fellowship program, established with seed funding from World Education Services in honor of Former CIHE Director Hans de Wit, to support the academic mobility of early career researchers in the field of higher education studies. The Hans de Wit Fellowship will support one researcher per year to spend a semester at CIHE.

About Hans de Wit

A globally renowned scholar, Hans de Wit has made his name studying the internationalization of higher education. From 2015-2020, Hans was Director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College. He has also served as Director of the Center for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI) at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan (Italy), and as Vice-President for International Affairs and Senior Advisor International at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

Hans continues to be a widely sought-after speaker and consultant on internationalization projects around the world, having advised organizations such as the European Commission, UNESCO, the World Bank, IMHE/OECD, IAU, European Parliament and the European Consortium for Accreditation. He is a Senior Fellow at the International Association of Universities (based at UNESCO), founding member and president of the European Association for International Education and founding editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education. In 2021 he received the Prof. A. Noam Chomsky North Star Life Time Achievement Global Connections Award of StarScholars (Society of Transnational Academic Scholars). He has also received awards for his contribution to the field from EAIE, NAFSA, CIEE, the University of Amsterdam, AMEPI and the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan.

Throughout his career, Hans has championed equity in the field of international higher education and has also passionately supported the development of early career researchers in the field. The establishment of this fellowship is therefore a fitting tribute to Hans’ substantial legacy – at CIHE and within the field at large.Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year are due no later than August 15, 2022. Although any early career researcher is welcome to apply, preference will be given to applicants from marginalized backgrounds, including those with refugee status, those based in the Global South and those from traditionally under-represented backgrounds.

Full details are available on the CIHE website.