In 2014, the Gerda Henkel Foundation initiated a scholarship programme supporting young humanities scholars from Africa and Southeast Asia in honour of the foundation's founder, Lisa Maskell. It is the largest international support programme for PhD students in the history of the Foundation. The Lisa Maskell Fellowships aim to strengthen universities in the partner countries, to counter the outflow of qualified young scholars and to ensure the doctoral students enjoy excellent academic training.
In the following months, L.I.S.A. will publish interviews with the Lisa Maskell Fellows from Subsaharan Africa and from Southeast Asia, in which they will talk about their research projects as well as their experiences during their academic career and the Lisa Maskell fellowship.
This week, we welcome Quy Thi Kim Tran from Vietnam. After completing a BA at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and an MA at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA, she started her PhD in Archeology with the thesis Defining the Transition from Hunting and Gathering to Agriculture and Animal Management in Southern Vietnam: Evidence from Faunal Remains, for which she spent 19 months at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt.