Funding Your International Experience

The Center for International Education invites students to apply for funding for summer international experiences. Our summer programs are supported by numerous benefactors.

*Students who are seeking funding through the Summer Research Scholars (SRS), Johnson Opportunity Grant, Shepherd Poverty Internship, Center for International Education, and/or Career and Professional Development programs must submit a Summer Opportunities Funding Request form in addition to any other program specific application.  Students may apply to more than one program, but under no circumstances will total funding awards for a single project exceed the budget specified on this Funding Request form.  Please note that, with the exception of the SRS program (which is stipend only), these programs only cover expenses related to the proposed project (such as travel, lodging, food); they generally do not provide a stipend.

The Center for International Education is revising its grant programs for 2018-19.  Thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, we have supported numerous faculty and student projects.  We are pleased to report that we have finished expending both grant funds and are preparing final reports for the Foundations. 

The CIE will again support international projects in 2019 for:  

  • Research
  • Internships 
  • Collaborative experiences in an international student's home country 
  • Collaborative experience for a pair of international students in the USA 
  • Language Study in Chinese, Japanese, Arabic
  • United World Colleges/Davis Projects for Peace
    Undergraduates at the American colleges and universities in the Davis United World College Scholars Program are invited to apply for a Projects for Peace Grant.  

    Successful proposals have the following characteristics: contributing to conflict prevention; ameliorating conditions leading to violence/conflict; looking for and building on shared attributes among differing peoples, races, ethnicities, tribes, clans, etc.; fostering diplomacy or otherwise contribute to advancing peace processes underway; promoting economic opportunity and entrepreneurship among those in post-conflict areas; finding creative ways to bring people on opposite sides of issues together, such as through art, sports, music or other techniques to promote a common humanity; developing leadership and mediation skills training for those in conflict or post-conflict societies; starting or leveraging initiatives, organizations (e.g. education, health) or infrastructure projects to build/rebuild community. In general, projects should be building blocks for a sustainable peace.   

    Students apply in January to undertake a project in the following year.  The projects judged to be the most promising and do-able will be funded at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support today's motivated youth to create and try out their own ideas for building peace.  

    For complete information, consult the Projects for Peace website to find extensive program information and a list of successful projects.The deadline for submitting Projects for Peace applications to the Center for International Education is 19 January 2018. Contact Latha Dawson ( for deadlines and more information.

Additional Sources of Support for International Experiences  

In addition to support provided by Washington and Lee, there are numerous external sources of scholarships and fellowships for study abroad and other international experiences.   

Washington and Lee maintains a Fellowships Information Page and Search Engine. You can find extensive information on the following grants and many more there. This site also includes information about:

  • W&L Campus advisers for particular grants and fellowships
  • Internal application deadlines  

For more information about graduate study fellowships for international and domestic universities, please contact Associate Dean of the College, Gwyn E. Campbell (  

Fellowships that offer opportunities for undergraduate and graduate study abroad include the following: