Dr. Judith Gravel: a lasting legacy

People who inspire others with their passion leave behind a legacy. Dr. Judith Gravel, an internationally acclaimed authority in pediatric audiology, was one of those people. Each year, the Hear the World Foundation ensures that her valuable work is continued by awarding a fellowship grant to an outstanding student at the University of North Carolina.

Place & Year

North Carolina, USA, since 2010

Project Partners

UNC Chapel Hill


Richard Seewald Award



Main Focus

Children Providing audiological care for children in low-income countries is a focal area of the Hear the World Foundation’s activities.
Professional training The Hear the World Foundation supports projects that enable continuous audiological training for professionals on site.
Prevention of hearing loss The Hear the World Foundation globally promotes awareness for the topics of hearing and hearing loss and thus actively contributes toward the prevention of hearing loss.
Programs for parents & families By supporting self-help groups for parents, the Hear the World Foundation makes an important contribution, thus ensuring that affected parents receive specific help and assistance.

The Judith Gravel Fellowship

Dr. Judith GravelDr. Judith Gravel was an inspiration and role model for many people: with her knowledge and commitment. She helped shape the development of pediatric audiology worldwide. After her passing, at the age of 60 in 2008, the Hear the World Foundation joined forces with the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of North Carolina (UNC) in the USA to set up the Judith Gravel Fellowship in her honor.


Insights into audiology in practice

Judith Gravel devoted her whole life to improving advanced education and training in the field of pediatric audiology. She particularly believed in the importance of allowing students to gain experience in clinical practice and encouraging them to work together in interdisciplinary teams. The aim of the Judith Gravel Fellowship is to carry on this mission and enable future generations to benefit from it too. This fellowship, which is awarded annually and comes with a grant of 15,000 US dollars, is designed to support outstanding audiology students in the fourth year of their Doctor of Audiology degree program. Through their active involvement in activities at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine and the UNC Hospital, the fellowship recipients gain extensive insights into dealing with hearing loss in babies and children.

I am excited for the opportunity to spend my 4th year at UNC where I will enhance my knowledge and skill in the management of infants and young children with hearing loss. It is an honor to be mentored by dedicated clinicians who were themselves inspired by Dr. Gravel as I strengthen my foundation to begin my career as a pediatric audiologist.»»
Lauren Charles, Fellowship Recipient 2015-2016. Affected herself by hearing loss since early childhood

A prestigious award

This year, the Judith Gravel Fellowship program has been presented with the 2015 Richard Seewald Award. ”Over the past six years, the Judith Gravel Fellowship at the University of North Carolina has provided a mentored clinical experience to an outstanding graduate student pursuing a career as a pediatric audiologist. The goal of this project has been to create a comprehensive and well-rounded clinical experience that includes both the technical and interpersonal demands of a pediatric audiologist. The 2015 Hear the World Foundation Seewald Award is given to the Department of Audiology at the University of North Carolina Hospitals for developing and implementing a model program for professional capacity building in pediatric audiology”, says Professor Seewald, explaining his choice.


About UNC Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (known as “UNC Chapel Hill” for short) is a public research-oriented university located in the city of Chapel Hill in the US state of North Carolina. With 30,000 students, it is the second largest university in the state and is regarded as one of the top universities in the country. UNC Chapel Hill’s Pediatric Audiology department provides audiological care to 1,200 children with hearing loss every year and receives more than 3,400 visits from people seeking pediatric audiology consultations.