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.

The Center supports applications for:

  • Internships in another country
  • Research with a faculty member or in support of a thesis
  • Summer coursework in another country (in limited cases)

The Center's funds are dedicated to the support for international experiences around the world. However, the Center encourages particular applications for:

  • Summer study/research in predominantly Muslim countries
  • Summer experiences in non-western countries
  • Study abroad in China or Japan (during the summer or academic year) 

NOTE: We are upgrading our application process for 2017-18 and will have new links in place for the start of the academic year.

Unless otherwise noted, the deadline to request Summer Funding is 1 March at 11:59 P.M.  

In addition, the Center supports three discrete funding opportunities:

  • Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Collaborative Grants
    The program will support four pairs of W&L students for each of four years (2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018) one international, preferably from the developing part of the world, and one U.S., to develop and realize a summer project in the home country of the international student. The purpose of the program is to increase the impact of our international students on campus, provide them with an opportunity to give back to their countries of origin, and introduce American students to understudied areas of the world through an immersion experience.

  • Andrew W. Mellon Faculty-Student Research Grants
    Funding is provided for a limited number of faculty-supervised international summer research projects linked to faculty research agendas and/or to prospective student honors theses work. The projects are meant to establish or cultivate faculty collaboration with colleagues abroad as well as to expose students to research methods within a different cultural context. For each project, the Faculty director will receive a stipend of $3,000. The student researcher will receive a stipend of $3,000 and funds toward travel costs.   

  • 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 20 January. Contact Latha Dawson (dawsonl@wlu.edu) 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 (campbellg@wlu.edu).  

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