The fellowship provides research support for up to three years, with a $30,000 annual stipend, a $10,500 cost-of-education allowance, a $1,000 travel allowance, and supercomputer access for analysis of large datasets.
Bob's studies at the I School focus on the role of technology and entrepreneurship in development: in particular, how technical innovation affects development in Africa, and the role of diasporic communities and knowledge transfer. He hopes to apply his insights to facilitate economic progress in Africa.
The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. NSF Fellows are expected to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.