Betty Lou Hummel Endowment Seed Grant for

Collaborative Research on Foreign Policy



The SAIS Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) is delighted to announce the award of its second Betty Lou Hummel Endowment Seed Grant for Collaborative Research on Foreign Policy. 


We congratulate Dr. Michael S. Chase, Senior Political Scientist at RAND and Foreign Policy Institute Fellow, and Dr. Mara Karlin, Associate Director of the Strategic Studies Program and Executive Director of The Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, on their selection as the recipients of the second annual award. 

The seed grant was established to foster collaborative research involving two or more SAIS faculty from different programs on emerging international issues, to promote research that informs fresh thinking about international policy, and to catalyze substantial research projects that may receive external funding.

This seed grant will support Drs. Chase and Karlin as they lead the project ‘Navigating Asia’s Stormy Seas: Regional Perspectives on and Responses to US-China Competition in an Era of Uncertainty.' This project seeks to explore regional perspectives on and responses to U.S.-China economic, diplomatic, and security competition in Asia. It aims to gain a better understanding of the evolving views of U.S. allies, partners, and other countries in Asia.

The project will focus on Singapore, which represents an interesting case study because it has recently experienced turbulence in its traditionally close relationship with China, apparently as a result of its position on the South China Sea maritime disputes and security ties with the United States. The topic will be addressed through primary source research and interviews with scholars, analysts, and government officials from the countries involved.


About the Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) at Johns Hopkins SAIS

FPI is a research institute within the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  SAIS is a division of Johns Hopkins University.  It is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today’s critical issues. The School was established in Washington, D.C. in 1943, and opened its campus in Bologna, Italy in 1955. It initiated one of the first Western university programs in the People’s Republic of China when it launched a campus in Nanjing in 1986. The School’s mission is to provide an interdisciplinary professional education that prepares a diverse graduate student body for internationally-related positions of responsibility; to foster research, scholarship and cross-cultural exchange; and to contribute knowledge, expertise and leadership to the global community.


FPI was established at SAIS in 1980 to unite the worlds of scholarship and policy in the search for realistic answers to international issues facing the United States and the world. It seeks to advance practically oriented research and discussion about foreign policy. To this end, it organizes research initiatives and study groups, and hosts leaders from around the world as resident or non-resident fellows in fields including international policy, business, journalism, and academia.  


About FPI’s Betty Lou Hummel Endowment

Thanks to the generous gift to SAIS by friends of SAIS alumna Betty Lou Hummel, the Betty Lou Hummel Endowed Fund provides support for innovative research and programming initiatives at the Foreign Policy Institute, as well as for the annual Betty Lou Hummel Memorial Lecture.  


Betty Lou Firstenberger Hummel (1925-2011) was a member of SAIS’ first graduating class of 1946. Intrepid, curious, and keenly intelligent, Betty Lou would use her training at SAIS during a lifetime of work around the globe.  At just 20 years old with little work experience and the government in retrenchment after World War II, Betty Lou decided that attending SAIS would give her the practical experience she needed for a career that would give her a chance to “go out and see something of the world.”

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