Meet Our Staff

Elizabeth Lambert, Ph.D., Director

Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. in Modern European History from Indiana University.  She received her B.A. from Agnes Scott College and M.A. from Indiana University. She then spent five years as a Fulbright and DAAD scholar at Bauhaus-Universität-Weimar and the Freie Universität Berlin, teaching and researching her dissertation "Between Bauhaus and Buchenwald: Landscape and Memory in Postwar Weimar."   She has lived, studied, taught or carried out research in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine, the UK.

Her research and scholarship have been supported by the American Historical Association, DAAD, Doris G. Quinn Foundation, FLAS and Title VI programs of the US Department of Education, German Historical Institute, Holocaust Educational Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Smith-Richardson Foundation, Spencer Foundation, Stiftung, Erinnerung, Verantwortung, und Zukunft" and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Her research interests include German studies, international education, public history, architectural and urban studies and war and society. 

As a Fulbright/State Department Alumni and DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Research Ambassador, Elizabeth is an enthusiastic champion of international education, specifically German-American academic exchange. she regularly represents German foundations, programs and institutions at trans-Atlantic conferences, workshops and trainings for faculty, staff and students and reviews applications for inter/nationally competitive fellowships and awards.  Elizabeth and the Office of Fellowships are eager to assist GVSU students and alumni in identifying research, language study, study abroad, service learning, internships or related opportunities. 

An AmeriCorps and SCA alumna, she is an avid supporter of service learning, research and internship opportunities, including AmeriCorps & AmeriCorps VISTA, PeaceCorps and the Student Conservation Association.

Elizabeth has successfully assisted applicants for the AAUW, ACLS, AIR, AERA, American Councils/ Title VIII, Beinecke, Boren Scholarship & Fellowship, Carnegie, Center for Arabic Study Abroad programs (CASA), Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), Charlotte Newcombe, Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), EPA, Foreign Language Area Studies Award  (FLAS), German Academic Exchange Service & DAAD RISE (Research Internship in Science & Engineering), Fulbright-Hays, Fulbright IIE, Fulbright Scholar (CIES) program, Gilman, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Jack Kent Cooke, Josephine de Karman, Luce, Mellon CLIR & Completion, Marshall, NOAA/Hollings, NSF, NIH, Pickering, Presidential Management Fellows, Rotary, Soros, Spencer, SSRC, Title VIII, Truman, Udall and Wilson scholarships. 

D'Shyla Hodge, B.S., Graduate Assistant

D'Shyla Hodge

D’Shyla is excited to embark on her new journey at Grand Valley State University. As the graduate assistant for the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships, she is passionate about study abroad and supporting students applying for nationally competitive scholarships. D’Shyla enjoys helping students to find funding opportunities because she believes with determination, strong writing skills, and time management anyone can receive a scholarship. She plans to help as many students as she can to receive competitive awards.

D’Shyla is currently completing the Master of Public Health degree here at Grand Valley (expected graduation year 2022). Prior to her graduate education, D’Shyla graduated from Central Michigan University in May 2020. She received the Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree along with the Cultural and Global Studies Certificate in African and African Diaspora Studies.

Prior to Grand Valley, D’Shyla was a study abroad ambassador at Central Michigan University. She is also a Gilman Alumni and studied abroad in South Africa. As a Gilman alum, D’Shyla is excited to share her tips and writing suggesting with the students so that they can possibly receive the award or other competitive awards. With the experience D’Shyla has gained she is prepared to be the new graduate assistant and leave her mark on GVSU.