Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures Scholarships

In addition to scholarships offered by the university and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, we offer program-specific scholarships in the critical languages, French, and German. 


Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Russian (Critical Languages):

 For more information, please contact: Rhonda Pennington,  Project GO Coordinator at


Arabic, Cantonese or Mandarin Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, and Russian (Critical Languages):


Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, and Russian (Critical Languages):


Arabic (Critical Language):

The Galen Richard Kline Scholarship (French Language)

The Galen Richard Kline Study Abroad Scholarship provides financial support for students studying in France or a Francophone country during the academic year. This includes students participating in the Virginia Tech Summer Program in Paris, or in the Virginia Tech Summer Program in Sénégal.

Scholarship awards have ranged between $500 and $3000. The amount varies according to the number of applicants, length of stay, and the applicants’ qualifications.

Application deadline (including recommendation letters): December 1, 2020

Download the application and submit by email.

For more information, contact Dr. Médoune Guèye (

The Megan Christenson Memorial Scholarship (French Language)

Created to honor the life of Megan E. Christenson, a former Virginia Tech double major in French and Communication. The scholarship is awarded to a Virginia Tech student from those majors in alternative years. French majors are eligible in even-numbered years. The next award in French will be made in the spring of 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic year. 


French major

Minimum 3.0 overall GPA in French

Completed at least 15 hours at Virginia Tech

Financial need, determined by the Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid.

Application deadline (including recommendation letters): April 1, 2020

Download the application and submit by email.

For more information, contact Dr. Médoune Guèye (

The Jocelyne Couture-Nowak Memorial Scholarship (French Language)

A merit-based scholarship for French majors established in memory of Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, who died during the tragic shooting at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007. Dr. Couture-Nowak was a faculty member in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. She touched and inspired many students to continue studying French.

Criteria for the recipient:

A French major at Virginia Tech

Completed at least 2 French courses at the 3000 level by the beginning of the award year and academic progress toward completion of the major

Minimum GPA of 3.3 in all French courses at the time of application and 3.0 overall

Preference given to students: Who will be juniors or seniors at the beginning of fall semester of the award year Who intend to study or complete an internship abroad during the academic terms of the award year or who have done so in the past

Application deadline (including recommendation letters): December 1, 2019

Download the application and submit by email.

For more information, contact Dr. Médoune Guèye (

Pi Delta Phi Scholarships (French Language)

For members of Pi Delta Phi, the national French honor society. To join the Virginia Tech chapter, contact Dr. Alexander Dickow at

Jamie Bishop Scholarship (German Language)

Created to honor the memory of Professor Christopher James “Jamie” Bishop. As a German instructor, he held “the conviction that learning a foreign langugage and culture is not just a joy, but is fundamental to our civilization.” The Jamie Bishop Scholarship fund provides support for students majoring or minoring in German and planning on studying, interning, or conducting research in a German-speaking country.

Application requirements:

An undergraduate German major or minor

Studying, interning, or pursuing research abroad in a German speaking country

Application Form

Application Deadlines: April 1 for one or two semesters during the following academic year (including summer)

December 1 for the following spring and/or summer

If you have questions, contact Dr. Esther Bauer.  

Kevin S. Weekley Endowed Scholarship

Recipients shall be, at the time of the receipt of the scholarship funds, undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need.

Preference will be given to students who qualify according to all or any of the following:

  • Spanish majors or minors in International Studies
  • Participation in a study abroad semester/summer program
  • “First Generation” members of their family to pursue a post-secondary education

Requires demonstrated financial need, based on the FAFSA.

Amount of scholarship: Varies by year

Deadline: November 1

Questions: Contact Dr. Aarnes Gudmestad (

Supplemental Questions (included in the application)

1.     Major(s), minor(s), overall GPA, in-major GPA

2.     Projected year and term of graduation

3.     Are you a first-generation student?

4.     What university-level Spanish and/or International Studies courses have you taken?

5.     In what extracurricular Spanish activities have you participated at Virginia Tech and in what capacity?

6.     Do you intend to study in Latin America or Spain? If so, during what term  (winter, spring, summer) do you plan to study abroad? Where do you intend to study? With which VT program or external program provider do you plan to study?

7.     Have you traveled/lived abroad? If so, where and for how long?

8.     Are you also receiving scholarship money from another source?

9.     In a brief essay of 500-700 words in English, explain your objectives or motivations for studying Spanish or International Studies. What impact do you foresee this program having on your studies and/or your future career?

10.  Consideration for this scholarship requires at least two brief letters of recommendation, preferably from recent Spanish professors.

Application Form

We offer a limited number of full-time positions which require 20 hours of work per week, usually fulfilled by teaching two sections of undergraduate public speaking each semester. The position requires enrollment in 12 hours of graduate credit each semester. 

Duration of Funding

We normally offer 2 years of Assistantships for funded M.A students. Contracts are for one year, with renewal depending on progress in the degree program and satisfactory performance of assistantship duties. 

Benefits of Assistantships

Assistantships provide these benefits:


-Tuition waiver

-Health insurance program (see the Graduate School benefits page for details)

Applying for Funding

A question on the Graduate School application for graduate admission asks whether you want to be considered for a teaching assistantship. If you check yes, you will respond to additional questions and be added to our list of candidates. All new positions begin in the fall semester.

Please note that you do not require separate application to be considered for Graduate Assistantships. 

Application Open Dates: Same as admissions 

Deadline: February 1

Contact Person: Vinodh Venkatesh




Department and faculty members may nominate Graduate Students for following Assistantships and Fellowships: 

Cunningham Doctoral Assistantships

Dean's Diversity Assistantships

Ellen E. Wade Graduate Studies Fellowship

McNair Assistantship

Powell Fellowship