Funding Opportunities

Internal Grants for Faculty and Students

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grants
    In concert with the university's strategic initiative for global learning, this Mellon Funding serves Washington and Lee Course Development, Faculty Development, Student/Faculty International Research, and Student Initiatives.  

External Language Scholarships for Students

  • Critical Language Scholarships
    The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers fully-funded summer language institutes for U.S. university students and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
  • Boren Awards for International Study
    Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.

External Grants for Faculty

  • Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program
    This program provides funds to plan, develop, and carry out programs to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages. Each program assisted with federal funds must enhance primarily the international academic program of the institution. Eligible activities may include but are not limited to:
  1. Development of a global or international studies program that is interdisciplinary in design;
  2. Development of a program that focuses on issues or topics, such as international business or international health;
  3. Development of an area studies program and programs in corresponding foreign languages;
  4. Creation of innovative curricula that combine the teaching of international studies with professional and preprofessional studies, such as engineering;
  5. Research for and development of specialized teaching materials, including language instruction, i.e., business French;
  6. Establishment of internship opportunities for faculty and students in domestic and overseas settings; and
  7. Development of study abroad programs.
  • The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad
    (Fulbright-Hays GPA) Program supports overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for groups of teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Short-term projects may include seminars, curriculum development, or group research or study.
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Program
    The Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) competition allocates academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education and consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies.