Ph.D. Candidate Dustin Welch has won the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship and will spend the 2016-17 academic year conducting research in Peru. The Fellowship provides funding for dissertation research abroad for graduate students pursuing non-Western European area studies.
Welch’s research focuses on the intersection of policy, energy provision, and rural community engagement, and to fill in gaps in scholarly knowledge by offering a state-society understanding of how energy policy is constructed, negotiated and deployed in Peru, to generate insights into NGO politics in other developing states.
Welch, who grew up in Seattle, will split his time between Lima (the capital) and Cajamarca (in the Andean highlands).
Earlier this year Welch received the Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Field Research Fellowship.