Jasmine Hernandez ’14 Selected for German Chancellor Fellowship

April 29, 2015

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Alumna receives prestigious fellowship granted annually to only one of 50 international and one of 10 U.S. prospective leaders.

Jasmine Hernandez, a Texas Lutheran University 2014 graduate, has been selected for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's German Chancellor Fellowship Program for 2015 and 2016. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants up to 50 German Chancellor Fellowships annually, only 10 of which go to prospective leaders from the U.S.

The 2015 German Chancellor Fellowship for tomorrow's leaders identifies university graduates from the United States, Russia, China, Brazil and India with an international outlook and initial leadership experience. Those selected are expected to become decision-makers and thought leaders and represent a broad range of professional fields such as politics, public administration and business as well as society and culture.

Hernandez represented TLU as one of only 15 applicants selected to present at the fellowship selection committee meeting in Germany on April 26-29. Her proposal, “What Mass Surveillance Means for Transatlantic Ties in a Post-Snowden Era,” asked the committee to consider the benefits her research could have on international diplomacy.

“Cyber security has been and will continue to be a serious diplomatic and security issue around the globe,” Hernandez said. “Because cyber security law is a relatively new field, no precedent exists for politicians and diplomats to mirror for international treaties or agreements. I ask, when the U.S. utilizes this technology to keep tabs on one of its closest allies like Germany, is there no limit to what can be practiced with this technology? What limits should be set and whose rules should be respected in an international playing field where it’s every man for himself?”

Hernandez said Annette Citzler, TLU professor of business and economics and former Fulbright scholar, guided her through the application process. She continues to mentor Hernandez by providing relevant reading material, advice on potential discussion topics, and organizing mock-interviews with TLU faculty.

“Jasmine is one of those exceptional students who has high ambition and the necessary intelligence and discipline to realize their dreams,” Citzler said prior to Hernandez's April presentation. “She has had excellent preparation for this competition with her pre-law specialization in political science, study abroad experience in London, and Washington D.C. semester internship. She’ll do a stellar job representing TLU and the U.S. in Germany, and I hope she has the opportunity to pursue her research project there as a Humboldt Chancellor’s Fellow.”

As a German Chancellor Fellow, Hernandez will spend a year in Germany networking with other prospective leaders from abroad who are also sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation. The fellowship provides a monthly stipend and financial support along with individual mentoring, a study tour of Germany with networking events and extensive post-fellowship alumni sponsorship to continue collaboration and networking throughout the fellow's professional career.

During her stay in Germany, she will be able to expand her specialist knowledge and gain new international experience whilst enhancing her intercultural skills and thus enabling her to develop into successful leaders. Under the supervision of an expert mentor, she will continue research on her fellowship project that is expected to have social significance in addition to a long-term, publicly-visible impact.

TLU President Dorsey sat down to talk with Hernandez shortly after she returned from the final selection round in Germany. Watch the video on YouTube.

More About The Humboldt Foundation's German Chancellor Fellowship

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Program is targeted at university graduates from the United States, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, Brazil and India who have an international outlook and initial leadership experience. It addresses prospective decision - makers, multipliers and thought leaders from a broad range of professional fields such as politics, public administration and business as well as society and culture. The fellowships give them the opportunity to spend a year in Germany networking with other prospective leaders from abroad, who are also sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation, and to explore new solution s to the global issues of our times.

This fellowship program is under the patronage of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany and is financed by the Federal Foreign Office. As an intermediary organization for German foreign cultural and educational policy, the Humboldt Foundation promotes international cultural dialogue and academic exchange.


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