Winning Fellows are given stipends to travel overseas for educational purposes. In exchange for such monies, Fellows are required to write travelogues and take pictures of their trips to be posted online at www.MyTravelBug.org for the education of our readers.

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Caitlin Cohen traveled to Mali, Africa to study HIV/AIDS care in Mali.

Howard (Hart) Eddy went to Shanghai, China to research locations for his screenplay Saint Louis Cool, loosely based on Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment.

Dinaw Mengestu travelled to Ethiopia to research his family and the revolution of 1974. He has since written a highly praised novel The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears incorporating his Ethiopian immigrant background.

Shannon Murphy went on a walking pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Jennifer Dart traveled to Knin, Croatia to work with refugees after the Serbo-Croatian War.

Marguerite deMessieres traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria to study woodcarving with the masters at the National Academy of Arts. While in Bulgaria, she met the man she would eventually marry. She currently divides her time between Bulgaria and the United States.

Elizabeth Williams traveled to Mexico and Guatemala to study agriculture, conservation and sustainable farming.

Rachel Frank went to Antigua and Guatemala on her own dime. We awarded her a $300 supplementary stipend in order to participate to extend her trip.

Betony Toht travelled to Norway to find her great-grandmother's missing records and trace her family history.