Dr. Noaquia Callahan is a grant guru, global educator, historian, and writer whose expertise has been sought after by national and international institutions such as U.S. Embassy Berlin, Howard UniversityUniversity of Halle-Wittenberg, and the University of Iowa. Dr. Callahan, originally from Long Beach, California, graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School, and holds bachelor's degrees in German and Sociology from California State University Long Beach, a master's in History from the University of Iowa, and a PhD in History from the University of Iowa. 

Dr. Callahan brings her expertise as a multi-fellowship winner and international exchange experience as a high school exchange student (Cologne, Germany), undergraduate at the University of Munich (Munich, Germany), and PhD researcher at the Free University Berlin's John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies (Berlin, Germany) to mentor students of color about the opportunities competitive scholarships and international study can make possible. 

Dr. Callahan has earned $200,000 from highly competitive scholarships, grants, fellowships, and awards. She was selected as Fulbright Germany's top candidate out of 75 American grantees in 2016 to receive a special Germanistic Society of America Fulbright award. She is also the recipient of other major scholarly fellowships such as the German Chancellor Fellowship Finalist (declined), Doctoral Fellowship in African American History at the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C., Samuel Flagg Bemis Dissertation Research Grant from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Andrew Mellon-Moorland Travel-to-Collections Grant at Howard University, Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, and a fully-funded PhD ($100,000 value) with a Jonathan Walton Dean's Graduate Fellowship from the University of Iowa. Dr. Callahan's innovative academic and community engagement work bridging African American transnational history, race, and mobility earned her a 2017 Hancher-Finkbine Medallion - the University of Iowa’s highest honor that recognizes those who exemplify the characteristics of leadership, learning, and loyalty. Recently, Dr. Callahan became a Startingbloc Fellow - RDU'18, and was named a 2018 German-American Young Leader. 

Read Dr. Callahan’s essay on the impact study abroad had on her life: “It Must Be Schicksal (Destiny): One African American Woman’s Extraordinary Study Abroad Journey” (published by the German-American Fulbright Commission)

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