The University of Minnesota was awarded a National Resource Center (NRC) grant for international research and a second NRC grant for African studies. By winning this funding competitively, 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. Funding will come from the US Department of Education’s Title VI program and will total 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 remaining funds will be used for:
- Supporting outreach to K-14 educators.
- Strengthen U of M programs in languages less commonly taught.
- Strengthen the content of international and African studies in the university curriculum.
- Building the academic discipline of international and African studies through speaker series and colloquiums.
- Assist in obtaining library materials.
The Institute for Global Studies and the African Studies Initiative at the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) serve as two national resource centers.
“These grants not only recognize the strengths of the CLA and the university in the field of international and African studies, but are also important to the continued building of those strengths and making these resources available to the community. We also provide excellent support,” says Assistant Evelyn Davidheiser. Dean of CLA’s International Programs.
About the University of Minnesota
With campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester and the Twin Cities, the University of Minnesota system is driven by a singular vision of excellence. We are proud of our land grant mission of world-class education, groundbreaking research, and community-engaging outreach, and are united in our drive to serve Minnesota. Visit .umn.edu.