Menakka and Essel Bailey, Ann Arbor residents and business professionals, are also longtime friends and supporters of CEW+. In 2011, they created the Menakka and Essel Bailey Graduate Fellowship Fund. This gift enables American graduate students to study abroad — especially in South and Southeast Asia—and to do fieldwork and language study in fields of public health, health care, and the environment.
The Menakka and Essel Bailey Graduate Fellowship offers grants for graduate students on the Ann Arbor campus, who are not international students to assist them with study abroad. In particular, the fellowships are intended for field work, cultural experience, or other study relevant to their graduate degree, including the language of the country being visited. Preferred areas of study include public health, health care, or environmental work in South or Southeast Asia (excluding China or Japan). Preference is given to students seeking funds in addition to this source.