The Rumsfeld Foundation awarded Omair Khan (MPP ’18) one of just 20 graduate fellowships this year, making Khan the first Ford School student to win the fellowship—and the first Rumsfeld Fellow from the University of Michigan.

Since 2008, the Rumsfeld Foundation has provided more than 140 fellowships to graduate scholars in public service or policy-relevant fields. Beyond outstanding academic and civic achievements, the foundation says Rumsfeld Fellows are chosen for moral character and leadership potential. The Rumsfeld Foundation then supports the fellows through year-round events, including a speaker series, retreats, receptions, and conferences.

Khan was nominated by the Ford School’s International Policy Center, directed by John Ciorciari (one of 23 advisors for the Rumsfeld Fellowship Program).

Khan, who is the chair of political and security affairs for the Ford School’s International Policy Students Association (IPSA), is described by Ciorciari as “principled, intelligent, and passionate about the study of national and international security.”

Congratulations to Omair Khan for joining a prestigious network of scholars described by the Rumsfeld Foundation as “rising leaders active in significant posts and organizations at home and abroad that play important roles in shaping U.S. domestic and foreign policy.”