First cohort of Hopper-Bhatia fellows announced in the Philippines

October 29, 2018
Hopper-Bhatia fellows John Toribio and Justine Torres

Institute for Philippine Culture

Hopper-Bhatia fellows John Toribio and Justine Torres

The Institute for Philippine Culture at the Ateneo de Manila University (Manila, Philippines) has announced the first two fellows of the Field Research Fellowship program supported by the David and Ruth Hopper and Ramesh and Pilar Bhatia Canada Fund, following a call for proposals in July 2018.

The one-year award consists of a field work and thesis production subsidy for thesis-related tuition and fees, along with a field research fund.

Both fellows are enrolled in the School of Social Sciences and intend to provide new insights into societal issues that require both a keen understanding of the local context and its connection to the global environment.

John Toribio, a graduate student in the MA Communication program, hopes to contribute to localized research, the development and improvement of communication studies in his locality, and advocate for social change and media literacy. His thesis will explore the links between media, youth, and violence.

Justine Torres, a graduate student in the MA Anthropology program, specializes in environmental law and policy, and sustainable development. Her thesis will use anthropological perspectives to study the histories and relationships of humans and animals in the Anthropocene epoch.  

Thanks to a bequest from Ramesh and Pilar Bhatia, the David and Ruth Hopper and Ramesh and Pilar Bhatia Canada Fund was established in 2017. The fund is co-supported by IDRC and the IDRC Alumni Association and managed by IDRC. Its purpose is to fund young researchers in the early stages of their careers, particularly women, through fellowships, scholarships, or internships.