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Ronald Eldredge Neumann Graduate Student Award

Ronald Eldredge Neumann Graduate Student Award


CHASS Dean's Office D01008


Graduate Student Support

History and Purpose:

The Ronald Eldredge Neumann Graduate Student Award was established through the generosity of anonymous donors in October 2005. When asked by the donors to suggest a prominent person for whom to name the scholarship, Kyle Hoffman, former Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni and Constituent Relations, suggested Ambassador Neumann, a UCR Alumnus. The State Department approved the naming.

Ronald E. Neumann ('66 B.A. History, '67 M.A. in Political Science) was formerly the United States Ambassador to Afghanistan (2005-2007) and previously served as ambassador to Bahrain (2001-2004) and Algeria (1994-1997). He is the son of former ambassador Robert G. Neumann and traveled extensively after graduating from UC Riverside in Afghanistan while his father was ambassador there.

Neumann joined the United States Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer in 1970. After an initial posting in Senegal, he began to specialize in the Middle East, particularly in the Persian Gulf, beginning in 1973 when he served in Tabriz, Iran.

In 1994 he was made Ambassador to Algeria, in part because of his Middle East experience, and served in that capacity until 1997. He subsequently was made Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.

Neumann, at the time of this agreement execution, serves as the president of the American Academy of Diplomacy, a Washington, DC-based think tank as well as a part-time professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University.

In 2009 he authored The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan, a book exploring political and military issues in Afghanistan. A skilled linguist, Neumann speaks fluent Arabic, French, and some Persian.

This Fund shall provide graduate student support, for graduate students in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS).

Selection and Guidelines:

Graduate students in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences may apply for the award during the winter through the UCR Alumni Association. Students must demonstrate financial need. Applicants shall submit an application in accordance with the UCR Alumni Association application process which includes a written personal essay. Preference should be given to a married UCR graduate student. One $5,000 award or two $2,500 awards shall be granted annually at the discretion of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni and Constituent Relations. In years when there is no candidate who meets the criteria, awards will be held until the following year.

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 Request for Information:

Alyssa Cotter
Alumni and Constituent Relations
(951) 827-2586

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