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Milken Scholar 2017
Scholar Profile

Namra Zulfiqar


Namra Zulfiqar recently graduated from Yale with a major in Political Science and a concentration in Global Human Rights Crises.

Over her summers, she studied Mandarin in Beijing, wrote cases arguing against the arbitrary detention of human rights defenders in the Middle East, and researched barriers to economic development in Tunisia. On-campus, she led research on human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir at the Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic, was President of the Benjamin Franklin College Council, and sat on the board of various student nonprofits, including Y2Y New Haven and Yale Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). She was a Kerry Fellow at Yale's Jackson Institute, where she prepared Sec. John Kerry for Congressional testimonies related to development and human rights issues; she specifically focused on global supply chains connected to the Uighur crisis in Xinjiang.

She just returned from an election observation mission with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Moldova where she helped assess the legitimacy of the election results in the 2021 Moldovan Parliamentary Elections. She is currently at DAI, working to grant Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) to Afghan civilians who were previously employed with US agencies.

High school:  Stuyvesant High School


College Year Degree
Yale College
New Haven, CT
2021 B.A. Political Science

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Namra Zulfiqar (MS '17)

Developing Global Solutions: Congratulations to Namra Zulfiqar, MS ‘17, for being awarded the Yale University Kerry Fellowship! Along with 21 graduate students and only 4 other Yale undergrads, Namra will work in a team to creatively find answers for international issues like climate change and authoritarian populism. Under the head of former Secretary of State John Kerry, the Fellows will have freedom to conduct their own research, oriented toward global diplomacy and large-scale change. You can find more information about the Fellowship and its 2020 awardees here.