Leadership

The Gift of Mentorship

An opportunity to mentor the next generation of political scientists

Graeme smiling

An opportunity to mentor the next generation of political scientists

Graeme Robertson, The Graduate School’s Harold J. Glass USAF Faculty Mentor/Graduate Fellow Distinguished Term Professor, is leading the next generation of graduate students to become experts in political protest and authoritarian regimes. Robertson has been able to achieve this in large part thanks to the Glass fellowship, a program that was established by a gift provided by Harold E. and Holly Glass.

The program encompasses a Glass Distinguished Term Professorship and a corresponding fellowship for a graduate student the professor selects to mentor. The faculty member selected for the professorship receives a stipend and research fund for three years. The graduate student selected receives a competitive stipend, full tuition, fees, and health insurance during the fellowship.

Thanks to the fellowship, Robertson has conducted online surveys in Russia and Ukraine to compare how people have reacted to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mentoring graduate students is part of what Robertson enjoys about the fellowship — a graduate student, for instance, was able to conduct fieldwork in Ukraine.

“The Graduate School is what makes UNC-Chapel Hill a fun place to work,” Robertson said. “It has been a really meaningful part of my career.”

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