Student Fellowship Program

The GWA Student Fellowship Program was created to directly connect Georgetown undergraduate and graduate students to the leadership of GWA, and give students the opportunity to contribute to our organization’s mission and goals. The fellowship not only provides students with the opportunity to be an active member of the GWA Steering Committee, it also connects Fellows with GWA leadership and offers professional development and leadership opportunities. Fellows are also matched with a mentor in a leadership role on our campus.

Our Fellowship Program’s guiding pillars are: Leadership – Mentorship – Professional Development 

As a Fellow, you will be part of a selective group—mentored, supported, and coached by the talented leadership of the GWA Steering Committee—to help drive the work of our organization forward and also connect our work to our student members, who make up half of our membership. You will also have access to professional opportunities and funding to support and grow your interests in women’s leadership.

The scope of the GWA Fellowship includes:

  • Commitment of 5-10 hours per month working with GWA over a full academic year (August – May)
  • Attendance at monthly GWA Steering Committee meetings (academic conflicts are excused)
  • Participation on a GWA committee
  • Pairing with a mentor
  • Development and implementation of a project of choice—with support from GWA—that contributes to the goals of GWA
  • General contribution to the GWA mission to connect people from across Georgetown to foster an environment where women grow, learn, and thrive through support of GWA programming development, outreach and communication, and research.

In exchange for 5-10 hours per month, Fellows have access to:

  • Significant leadership opportunities within the GWA, including participation on the Steering Committee
  • Direct mentorship from a senior member of Georgetown’s administration
  • Professional opportunities for Fellows to support undergraduate and graduate women’s leadership at Georgetown University through work in program development, outreach and communications efforts, and research on women’s leadership
  • A network of leaders on Georgetown’s campus who are advancing the work of women’s leadership

Application Information

Applications for the 2022-2023 Fellowship Program are closed and will re-open in spring 2023.

Please reach out to Kaela Jackson ( and Mary Cate Curley ( with any questions.

Meet the 2021-2022 Student Fellows

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Emily Hardy (She/Her) is a student at Georgetown University majoring in International Politics and dual minoring in Justice & Peace Studies and Women & Gender Studies. Passionate about gender equality, peace building, and global governance, Emily is the Chair of the Georgetown International Relations Club (IRC) and is the Art Director for Bossier, a feminist ‘zine on campus. Deeply invested in analyzing the gendered impacts of social policy, she also works for Georgetown’s Center for Global Health Science and Security as a research assistant investigating the degree of gender awareness in COVID-19 response plans for refugee hosting states.

Kai Isaia is a senior in the College studying African American Studies with a minor in Education, Inquiry, and Justice (EDIJ). On the Hilltop, she is a former president of the Georgetown University NAACP chapter and former resident of the Black House. Currently, Kai is the Co-Chair for the GU Cohort of the Yale Black Solidarity Conference. She will also be a member of GREEN, and a facilitator for the Culture of Care: Bystander Intervention (COCBI) program this fall. In her free time, you can find Kai brainstorming equity-based initiatives on campus, working out, exploring the outdoors, or shopping for new earrings. After graduation, she is hoping to continue her educational equity work with PreK-12 schools and higher education institutions on leadership development, operations, and community engagement initiatives.

Carrington Moore (NHS ’22) is a rising senior from Suwanee, GA. She is in the School of Nursing and Health Studies majoring in Human Science and on the pre-medical track. On the Hilltop, Carrington is a peer advisor for first year students and a resident assistant in Arrupe Hall. She loves connecting with the D.C. community by being a research assistant for the Early Childhood Innovation Network. For the summer, she is working with the Family Wellbeing Program to conduct research that addresses the mental health and wellbeing of children and families within underserved areas of D.C. During her free time, she enjoys Zumba, painting, recreational softball and volunteering within the community.

Anya Wahal (SFS ’23, she/her/hers) is a junior in the School of Foreign Service from Scottsdale, Arizona. She is pursuing a major in Science, Technology, & International Affairs and minor in Chinese. On the Hilltop, she is a Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellow, where she studies the impact of urbanization and economic development on marginalized communities. Anya also serves as a plastic lead for the Georgetown Renewable Energy and Environmental Network and is a sister of the Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority. In her free time, Anya enjoys reading magical realism novels and visiting museums.

Meet our Fellowship Assistant

This year, our Fellowship Program is piloting a new student worker position — our Fellowship Assistant! The Fellowship Assistant will support curriculum development and administration for the Fellowship Program, facilitate meetings, and promote a positive and supportive Fellowship culture through community-building activities. Daniella completed the Fellowship Program last year and we’re excited to welcome her back in this new role!

Daniella Sanchez (C’22) is a senior in the College from Ontario, California. She is double majoring in History and Government with a minor in Women’s & Gender Studies. At Georgetown, Daniella is writing a history thesis, serves as the Chair of the Alternative Breaks Program, walks backward giving tours, plans activities with the Senior Class Committee, choreographs Tahitian dances, and works with the Model United Nations team/International Relations Club. After graduation, Daniella will be serving with Teach for America!

Meet the Fellowship Co-Directors

KAELA JACKSON (Pronouns: she/her/hers) Kaela is originally from Wilson, NCand graduated from Georgetown in 2018, studying Government and English. As a student on campus, Kaela was involved with a number of clubs and extracurriculars, worked part-time, and also served as an inaugural GWA Fellow her senior year. Immediately after graduating, Kaela began working in Georgetown’s Advancement Office as an Ambassador where she traveled the country to personally interview over 360 Georgetown alumni. She now works as the Assistant Director of Young Alumni Engagement, and enjoys being able to work closely with many of her peers and classmates to strengthen alumni connectivity by meaningfully engaging classmates with each other and with Georgetown. Outside of work, Kaela is the CEO of her own personal chef business – Cooking with Kaela – and has cooked for over 250 individuals since 2020. Kaela describes herself as a “people person,” and loves meeting new people, engaging with others, and spending time with friends and family.  

MARY CATHERINE CURLEY (Pronouns: she/her/hers) is a writer and editor from Guilford, Vermont. At Georgetown, she does communications work in the president’s office, and by night, she writes fiction (you can read some here) and is currently at work on a novel. Before coming to Georgetown, she was a staff member at Phillips Brooks House Association, a student-run non-profit at Harvard, where she supported young people in their social justice work. As an undergrad at Harvard she studied U.S. history, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University, where she taught a course in political women’s fiction. She’s active in community organizing and mutual aid work in DC.