National and International Fellowships and Scholarships
238 Education Building
901 13th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35294-1250

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Ashley Floyd Kuntz, Ph.D.

Ashley Floyd Kuntz, Ph.D.

Director, National and International Fellowships and Scholarships
Assistant Professor, Department of Human Studies, School of Education

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Dr. Kuntz joined UAB in 2012 and has since mentored recipients of the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Goldwater, and other nationally-competitive fellowships. She has served as a national reviewer for the Critical Language Scholarship and the Udall Scholarship. She also completed the Institute of International Education’s Fulbright Program Advisor Development Initiative. As a faculty member in the UAB School of Education’s Department of Human Studies, Dr. Kuntz’s work has appeared in the Harvard Educational Review, Emerging Adulthood, and Philosophy and Theory in Higher Education. Dr. Kuntz takes great pride in supporting UAB students, many of whom are first-generation like herself, as they reach for – and obtain – their educational goals. Outside of work, Dr. Kuntz prioritizes time with her husband and four children (and she is more than happy to regale you with adorable baby photos!).


Michelle Cook, Ph.D.

Michelle Cook, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, National and International Fellowships and Scholarships

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Dr. Cook came to UAB in 2015. She has served as a national reviewer for the Critical Language Scholarship and for the Gilman Scholarship. In addition to advising students through the application process for nationally-competitive awards, she has taught composition and literature courses at Augusta University, Clemson University, and Auburn University. Dr. Cook’s research uses cultural studies methodologies and focuses on topics including feminism, gender, and trauma. Students in her courses complete projects analyzing everything from Jessie Pope to King Lear to The Adventure Zone. If it surprises you to learn that she loves her dog, Star Wars, and D&D, you clearly haven’t met her yet.


Ayla McCay

Ayla McCay

Student Intern, Critical Language Scholar in Korean

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Ayla is a senior at UAB majoring in International Studies with minors in Human Rights and Psychology. She hopes to attend law school and pursue a career in international human rights advocacy. Ayla was a Critical Language Scholarship recipient in 2018 and spent her summer in Busan, South Korea, intensively studying Korean language and culture. Earlier this year, Ayla presented her research on the possibility of Korean reunification in terms of evolving Korean ethnic identity at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. She serves as a student leader for several social justice organizations on campus and is excited to be joining the Fellowships office this year. Aside from her academic interests, the quickest way to Ayla’s heart is through cats, dance, or cheese tteokbokki.