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UWA Graduate Wins UN Fellowship

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A 2019 UWA graduate, sessional UWA lecturer, and Africa Research and Engagement (AfREC) Fellow has won a prestigious United Nations Fellowship.

Dr Muhammad Dan Suleiman

UWA Graduate Wins UN Fellowship

Dr Muhammad Dan Suleiman was awarded the 2020 Fellowship Programme for Peoples of African Descent for his continual commitment to promoting human rights within the African diaspora.

AfREC Director Dr David Mickler cited how, over many years, Dr Suleiman has "Combined high-level research and analytical skills, professional organisational skills, and a commitment to active engagement within African communities across Australia".

The Fellowship takes place once a year at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.  Highlighting the prestige and competitiveness of the Fellowship, since 2011, only 83 fellows from 32 countries have been selected for the Programme.

UWA Convocation Councillor Elliott Wallace said he owes so much to Dr Suleiman’s exceptional teaching and passion for research.

"He has inspired me and numerous peers in the political science and international relations discipline with the time he commits to undergraduate students, as well as his constant guidance and mentorship," Mr Wallace said.

"Dr Suleiman being selected for this Fellowship is truly reflective of his efforts to achieve a more equitable world."

"On behalf of Convocation of UWA Graduates I warmly congratulate Dr Suleiman on winning this very prestigious award."

Dr Suleiman will use the UN Fellowship to enhance current research and engagement work he is doing with the African diaspora in Australia.  At present he is working on a number of research projects on Australia-Africa relations, including the political economy of African migration to Australia.

In 2017 Dr Suleiman was also awarded a Convocation Postgraduate Research Travel Award (PGRTA) to complete fieldwork and attend a decoloniality course in South Africa.  Funded by Convocation of UWA Graduates, the PGRTA award assisted Dr Suleiman in investigating the causes of religious terrorism, and examining more effective responses to insecurity in the Sahel region of Africa.


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Dr Muhammad Dan Suleiman  [email protected]