RCAH Announces Call for Applications for Cultures and Languages across the Curriculum (CLAC) Fellowships for 2019-2020

February 28, 2019

The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH), in collaboration with the Graduate School at Michigan State University (MSU), announces a Cultures and Languages across the Curriculum (CLAC) fellowship program in undergraduate teaching and learning for MSU graduate students. RCAH is an interdisciplinary college with a strong commitment to social justice, civic engagement, the visual and performing arts, and languages and cultures. A description of the program and information of the application process are detailed below.

Program Description

RCAH provides its undergraduate students with opportunities to apply and strengthen their knowledge of languages and cultures through a project-based CLAC program. Graduate students selected for this fellowship participate in different components of the CLAC Program; this may include:

  • Facilitating weekly immersion, project-based sessions in a language other than English for all levels of language learners
  • Collaborating with RCAH faculty to be a guest speaker or cultural consultant in an RCAH course
  • Participating in and leading weekly meetings with other CLAC fellowship recipients, faculty, and staff
  • Designing and implementing research projects in areas such as needs assessment, materials development, instructional delivery, and program evaluation
  • Creating and coordinating CLAC events for RCAH students and the wider community
  • Developing and facilitating CLAC engagement activities with local and international communities


Eligible graduate students must be enrolled full-time in any MSU college, be in good academic standing, and be making progress toward a terminal degree in their field. Additionally, fellows have (near) native fluency in any language other than English. Each fellow receives a stipend of $4000/semester to help support CLAC research project expenses, professional development workshops, and/or travel to professional conferences.

For further information or questions, please see the RCAH CLAC Website or contact Professor India Plough, RCAH, 362 Bogue Street, Snyder C210 or by email at ploughi@msu.edu.


Click here for the application form.

Complete applications are due April 15, 2019, and must include the following items:

  1. A completed form that includes
    • the applicant’s information;
    • a curriculum vitae to be uploaded as a PDF document; and
    • an essay (maximum 800 words) that explains your reasons for applying, your professional goals and how participation will help you achieve those goals, to be uploaded as a PDF document.
  2. A Recommendation Form (see form) to be completed by the applicant’s graduate advisor or department chair and sent under separate cover to Professor India Plough (ploughi@msu.edu).


The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University is where students live their passions while changing the world. In RCAH, students prepare for meaningful careers by examining critical issues through the lens of culture, the visual and performing arts, community engagement, literature, philosophy, history, writing, and social justice. RCAH is situated in historic Snyder-Phillips Hall, where students learn and live together in a small-college setting, with all the advantages of a major university. For more information, visit rcah.msu.edu, email rcah@msu.edu, or call 517-355-0210.

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