The Macmillan Center will offer a new language scholarship


Kai Nip

The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies will offer new scholarships for students to study foreign languages ​​abroad during the summer or during the academic year.

The MacMillan Center Summer Language Scholarship will provide tuition and program fee compensation of up to $5,000 and a living allowance of up to $2,500. The MacMillan Center Academic Year Language Scholarship will providee payment of tuition and non-Yale program fees up to $18,000 and a living allowance up to $15,000.

“The idea for the scholarship came about when we assessed student applications and the funding needed,” said Julia Muravnik, deputy director of scholarship programs. “We had a lot of funding applications available for language study, but we only had several pockets of money like the Light Fellowship or other funding limited to the region. It was just very uneven – some here and not enough there.

The scholarships were developed in response to the growing need for funding for the study of foreign languages. According to George Joseph, executive director of the MacMillan Center, the Center had already begun to consider informal applications for funding from students wishing to study languages. This scholarship will “formalize” this transform it into an official program and increase accessibility to the study of foreign languages.

Another reason for the introduction of the scholarship is the decrease in federal funding for the study of international languages. According to Joseph, for many years Yale has received Title VI funding for international studies programs, which the government provides for languages ​​critical to the national security and economic interests of the United States. However, in recent years, funding has declined, resulting in the loss of funding for African, Middle Eastern, and Latin American language programs. This year, Yale only received Title VI funding for certain European languages.

“We decided to replace the loss of federal funding with funds from Yale, but also expand the program to better meet Yale’s needs,” Joseph said.

Joseph highlighted the openness of scholarships to a wide range of needs. The scholarships are available to any undergraduate, graduate, and professional student wishing to study a language as long as studying the language will contribute to their academic development for research or class credit. Additionally, there are no language restrictions and funding will be available for languages ​​that are not taught at Yale.

According to Muravnik, administrators are still unsure of the level of demand for the scholarships, although she said the Center “will try to accommodate all requests”.

“Our goal is to ensure that anyone who wants to be proficient in a language, for example if they need the language for international research, will be able to have the funding to become proficient,” she said.

The Dean of International and Professional Experience, Jane Edwards, told The News that while she could not yet predict the impact of the scholarship, she believed the scholarship was important because it expanded the opportunity to learn languages. additional. She added that “learning an additional language is always good”.

The deadline for the MacMillan Center Summer Fellowships for the Study of Languages ​​is March 29. The deadline for the MacMillan Center Scholarships for the Study of Languages ​​is May 1.

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