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U of M receives Department of Education grant for international and African studies

Credit: University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota has been awarded a National Resource Center (NRC) grant for International Studies and a second NRC grant for African Studies. By competitively earning this funding, the University becomes one of only nine programs in the country to be designated a comprehensive international center, and one of ten programs in African studies. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program and totals more than $3.5 million over the next four years. 

Much of this new funding will directly support students through the FLAS fellowship program. The remainder of the funding will be used for:

  • Supporting outreach to K-14 educators.
  • Strengthening U of M programs for less commonly taught languages. 
  • Enhancing international and African studies content in University curricula.
  • Building scholarship in international and African studies through speakers series and colloquia.
  • Assisting with the acquisition of library resources.

The Institute for Global Studies and the African Studies initiative in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) will serve as the two National Resource Centers. 

“These grants not only recognize the strengths of CLA and the University in the areas of international and African studies, but they also provide important support for continuing to build those strengths and for making these resources available to the community,” said Evelyn Davidheiser, assistant dean for International Programs in CLA.


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