The Eirik Borve Fund for Foreign Language Instruction

Application Deadline: Next round of grants will be announced shortly

To encourage the development of innovative foreign language instruction that will help prepare students for international educational experiences, The Eirik Borve Fund for Foreign Language Instruction will award a limited number of competitive grants for projects to be carried out over the next two years. A total of $100,000 is available for the current funding cycle, including $80,000 for initiatives led by full-time faculty members or full-time lecturers in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (DMLL), and $20,000 for initiatives led by full-time faculty members in other departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, whether in the arts, humanities, social sciences, or natural and mathematical sciences.

The expected maximum grant for individual projects is $20,000 for DMLL-led initiatives and $5,000 for all other CAS faculty-led initiatives. However, proposals requesting more than the expected maximum amount will be considered for especially ambitious projects that substantially advance the vision of The Eirik Borve Fund. The fund places a special emphasis on using technology and new media in presenting course content to students; ensuring access to both local and international resources; and developing effective means of assessing program offerings and student learning.

Grants are not intended to support ongoing operations. Projects that have been funded in prior years, or those that would require annual support, should consider other sources of funding.

Applicants may request funding in the following areas.

Capital projects

This category includes, but is not limited to:

  1. constructing or renovating of smart classrooms dedicated to foreign language instruction
  2. developing digital humanities technical expertise and technology infrastructure, with the goal of integrating multimedia competencies and research skills into curricula and assignments

Development of innovative foreign language instructional methods, materials, and courses

This category includes, but is not limited to:

  1. hiring adjunct faculty to accomplish proposal goals or to support course release (including salary and fringe)
  2. providing honoraria to support faculty collaboration and accomplish proposal goals
  3. acquiring or creating instructional materials
  4. paying travel expenses
  5. convening interdisciplinary working groups, made up of faculty and students as well as colleagues from other educational and cultural institutions, to explore questions related to foreign language instruction

Training for graduate students and faculty members in using or developing research and instructional tools

This category includes, but is not limited to, training in:

  1. services
  2. software
  3. equipment (such as database hosting, XML editing software, and fabrication materials; haptic and touch interface devices; and geotagging/geolocative devices)

Pre-Application Grant-Writing Workshop

Applicants must attend a pre-application workshop co-sponsored by the College’s Office of Research Administration and Grant Development, the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, and the College’s Office of the Dean. The workshop will address the application, review, and award process, with a focus on creating proposals with clear intended outcomes, comprehensive budgets, and options for exploring potential external sources of funding for related initiatives in the future. Please contact Laura Altieri ( with questions about the mandatory workshop.

Review and Award Process

All complete applications will be reviewed by a panel of three reviewers from the humanities faculty and the Office of the Dean. The panel will make recommendations to the dean, who will make final award decisions. Awardees should work with the college’s Office of the Dean to obtain a speedtype for each award.

All awardees will be required to collaborate with the Baker-Nord Center’s staff in publicizing their projects to the university community through websites and other relevant outlets. Publications and presentations resulting from the projects should acknowledge the support of The Eirik Borve Fund for Foreign Language Instruction.

Final Report

All awardees will be required to produce a final report (ca. 700-1000 words) within four weeks of a project’s conclusion. The report should include:

  • a project activity summary
  • a statement of progress toward each intended outcome stated in the proposal (include specific details and data)
  • a line-item expense report
  • next steps (for example, if the grant funded course development activities, when will the course be offered?)

Application Instructions

All applications must include:

  • an Eirik Borve Fund for Foreign Language Instruction Cover Sheet

  • a project description (maximum 1,000 words) that provides:

    • an overview of the project, including a statement of its objectives

    • an explanation of the need being addressed or the opportunity being realized

    • intended outcomes of the project (including how you will measure and/or demonstrate achievement of outcomes)

  • a line-item budget detailing all anticipated expenses (e.g., equipment, materials, services, travel, compensation + fringe, etc.) and other sources of funding. Attach supporting documentation.
  • a curriculum vitae (maximum three pages) of the applicant(s). In addition, please include information about any visiting speakers or other participants who might be invited to be part of this project.
  • a letter of support from the applicant’s department chair—or, if the applicant is a department chair, from the dean of the college, clearly indicating what departmental or other resources are available for this project.

If the project involves technology resources and/or on-campus physical facilities, consult the college’s director of information technology and/or director of facilities management and include in the proposal the results of that consultation, such as anticipated expenses. (Allow time for these consultations in your proposal preparation. 

Application materials should be emailed as a single PDF to: