Over the past 25 years, Global Fund for Children has evolved from a spark of inspiration to a global grassroots network advancing children’s rights around the world. This growth was made possible thanks to individuals like Dr. William Ascher, our founding Chair and long-time champion.

Dr. Ascher supported Global Fund for Children in its earliest days, providing guidance and mentorship to our Founder Maya Ajmera, and serving on our Board for more than ten years. In 2004, we established the William Ascher Fellowship to honor his enduring legacy. Each year, we offer one fellowship to an undergraduate or graduate student to conduct a research project.

Today, Dr. Ascher is the Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics at Claremont McKenna College and Director of the Roberts Environmental Center, Claremont McKenna College’s flagship institute for the study of the intersection of contemporary environmental issues and public policy.

Ascher Fellows include:

2024: Esther Aoko
2023: Blondie Beatrice Ndebele
2022: Gloriah Kerubo
2021: Sam Phillips-Corwin
2020: Martha Baker
2019: Akashi Kaul
2018: Lida Minasyan
2017: Matison Hearn-Desautels and Nayanthi Peiris
2016: Elizabeth Solem
2015: Laura Neff
2014: Sarah Ellison
2013: Julia Walin
2012: Joanna Mast
2011: Eric Miller
2010: Hilary Boller
2009: Meghan Kaufmann
2008: Matt Levy
2007: Sarah Ireland
2006: Tammy Thi Phan
2005: Clara Schmidt

Please see our Careers page for a list of current fellowship openings.

Global Fund for Children (GFC) UK Trust, created in 2006, is a UK registered charity (UK charity number 1119544). We work to generate vital income, create new fundraising opportunities, and raise awareness of the invaluable work of GFC’s grassroots grantees. Our aim is to extend the reach of GFC in the United Kingdom, Europe, and beyond.

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