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Mellon Grant

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Washington and Lee University a four-year, $577,000 grant in support of the University's efforts to enhance the quality of programs and projects in international education.

Grant Outline

The grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of Washington and Lee University's strategic initiative in global learning will be implemented over the next four years and will provide support for faculty and students in the following areas:

Course Development

• New 1-2- or 3 credit courses that will help students to better prepare for study abroad and to acquire global learning skills, including but not limited to Spring Term Abroad Programs
• New courses aimed at students who return from study abroad to apply the skills they have acquired either in their disciplines or as a reflective exercise.

Faculty Development

• Identification and development of institutional relationships abroad
• Training to advise better students who will study abroad and to evaluate proposed programs abroad
• Site visits and exploration for new STA courses with preference for courses in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia
• Interdisciplinary faculty seminars to explore an area, issue or problem with preference for understudied and undervalued regions. To result in team or co-taught new course.
• International conference to discuss pedagogical strategies for teaching American students abroad and international students in the U.S.

Student/Faculty Research

• Opportunities for faculty supervised international summer research for projects linked to collaborative faculty research or prospective honor thesis work

Student Initiatives

• Support for student on-campus initiatives to continue to explore interests acquired abroad in student-led seminars, guest speakers, etc.

Guidelines for Mellon Funding