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Nancy Bedford Awards and Scholarship


The Nancy Bedford Fund sponsors the following awards in French & Francophone Studies:

1) Travel grants for students participating in the Montpellier summer program

2) The Bedford Summer Research Scholarship

For rising juniors or seniors who are majoring in French & Francophone Studies:

The purpose of this scholarship is to cover summer research and travel expenses for an outstanding student majoring in French & Francophone Studies. Candidates may include students who are already studying, doing research, and/or completing internships in a Francophone country: in this case, the scholarship will support an extension of their stay. In any event, the chosen research topic must be pertinent to French & Francophone Studies.

The Nancy Bedford Scholarship is awarded on an annual basis and is worth $3,000. To be considered, candidates must submit: their CV and William & Mary transcript; a detailed description of their independent research project and proposed methodologies (1-2 pp.); their projected itinerary; and an itemized budget for the trip or extended stay. An email call for submissions goes out to all FREN students every spring.

For Summer 2024: candidates should email their dossier in one single PDF file to Prof. Pacini before Friday, March 22nd, 5pm.

Eligibility requirements:

Candidates must be French majors

Candidates must be rising juniors or rising seniors

Candidates must demonstrate academic merit

Candidates must turn in a 10-page research paper (or an acceptable equivalent) before the first day of the Fall semester.