Critical Language Scholarship Program

Application Deadline:  November 16, 2016

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

The CLS Program provides instruction in fourteen critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Participants in the CLS Program are not required to have completed any previous study for most of the fourteen languages. However, Chinese, Japanese and Russian require a minimum of two years of college-level study or the equivalent; Arabic and Persian require a minimum of one year of college-level study or the equivalent.

Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen. Non-citizens including Permanent Residents are not eligible, even if they anticipate naturalization by the beginning of the program.
  • Be enrolled in an accredited U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate (associate’s, bachelor’s) or graduate (master’s, doctoral, professional degree) level.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

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UW Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization Funding Opportunities

Application deadlines:   Vary, with some as early as January 15, 2016

The UW Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization (NELC) has a number of funding opportunities open to UW graduate students from across the university, including:

  • Maurice and Lois Schwartz Fellowship
    The Schwartz fellowship is designed to help support graduate students with international study during their degree program. The normal amounts for Schwartz fellowships are $1500 (for one quarter), though under exceptional circumstances two-quarter $4000 fellowships have been awarded. The international study need not involve a full quarter of study. Some recipients in the past have proposed shorter periods of study with targeted goals (e.g., gathering of research data for an academic project; study in an intensive language program of more limited duration).
  • Easa A. Bateh Fellowships
    This award is made possible by a generous donation from the Bateh family. This fund supports students who study Arabic language and/or demonstrate a deep commitment to Islamic culture in any of its aspects (religion, law, literature, etc.).
  • Dr. Paul Leroy Award in Ancient Egyptian Studies
    This award, in the amount of $500, is made possible by the generosity of Dr. Paul LeRoy.  It will be presented to the top student at UW undertaking research on ancient Egypt. Students can represent any of the academic disciplines, e.g., archaeology, arts, history, language, etc.
  • The Friends of Persian Studies Student Fellowship
    This fellowship, made possible through the generosity of the local Iranian-American community and other friends of Persian Studies, celebrates the achievements of University of Washington students in the field of Persian and Iranian studies, broadly defined. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated not only their academic excellence, but also a thoughtful commitment to the language, literature, history, and culture of the Iranian world.
  • Aryan Khorram Research Award on the Iranian-American Experience
    The Aryan Khorram Research Award celebrates the importance of thinking critically about the diversity of the Iranian-American experience.  As waves of immigrants from Iran, Afghanistan, and other Persian-speaking communities have entered American society, many have found opportunities through the educational and political structures of their new home.  This grant, awarded on a competitive basis, encourages students to explore diverse aspects of the Iranian-American experience through research into the politics, literature, arts, and culture of Persian-speaking peoples in America.
  • Roshan Institute Fellowship For Excellence In Persian Studies
    The Roshan Institute Fellowship for Excellence in Persian Studies has been made possible by a generous endowment from the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes scholarship on Persian culture and heritage. Stipend awards may be made up to $15,000 per year. This fellowship is earmarked for Doctoral (Ph.D.) students at the University of Washington whose focus is on any aspect of Persian language and literature and Iranian culture and civilization, broadly defined, and who are already engaged in writing their dissertation. It is intended especially to support outstanding Ph.D. students in the latter stages of their dissertation writing.
  • The Turkish and Ottoman Literature Endowed Fellowship
    This fellowship was made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor and matching funds from the University. The current amount in the endowment allows an estimated stipend for the academic year of about $15,000. To be eligible, applicants must be Ph.D. students at the University of Washington whose major field of study is Turkish and/or Ottoman literature.

To learn about these opportunities and more, see: http://depts.washington.edu/nelc/fellowships.html

Blakemore Freeman Language Fellowships

Application deadline:   December 30, 2015

The Blakemore Freeman Fellowships fund an academic year of advanced language study abroad of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and selected Southeast Asian languages. Since 1990, the Foundation has awarded over $14 million in language grants to individuals using an East or Southeast Asian language in their careers.

Superior candidates pursuing careers in fields such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), international business, accounting, law, medicine, journalism, architecture, teaching, social or NGO work, government service, and academia are encouraged to apply.

An applicant must have (at minimum) a bachelor’s degree and have completed at least three years of study of the language at the college level by the start of the grant.

Blakemore Refresher Grants provide individuals in mid-career an opportunity to refresh their advanced Asian language skills by attending a full-time language program for a summer or semester.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://www.blakemorefoundation.org/

Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)

Application deadline:   January 29, 2016

Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) are available to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

Information sessions

FLAS Information Sessions will cover FLAS benefits and requirements, the application process, and the use of FLAS awards abroad, will be held at the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, November 10, 10-2 UW Study Abroad Fair, HUB North Ballroom, Funding Info Session, 12:30-1:30 HUB 214
  • Thursday, November 12, 2-3 PST Web Chat*
  • Wednesday, November 18, 3:30-4:30 in Thomson Hall 317
  • Tuesday, December 1, 2;30-3:30 in Thomson Hall 317
  • Tuesday, December 8, 3:30-4:20, Smith 309
  • Wednesday, December 16, 3:30-4:30 PST Web Chat*
  • Tuesday, January 5, 1:30-2:30, Thomson Hall 317
  • Thursday, January 14, 2:30-3:30 Virtual Office Hour

*see FLAS website (link below) for access instructions for web chat sessions and virtual office hours

Fellowship details

FLAS Fellowships support undergraduate, graduate and professional students in acquiring modern foreign languages and area or international studies competencies.   Students from all UW departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply. FLAS Fellowships are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.  Contingent on funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the eight National Resource Centers of the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies will offer Academic Year 2016-17 and Summer 2016 FLAS Fellowships in the following languages:

Arabic –Bangla- Bulgarian –Burmese –Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian –Canadian First Nations, Métis & Inuit –Chinese –Czech –Danish –Estonian -Tagalog – Finnish –Hebrew –Hindi–Indonesian–Italian –Japanese –Kazakh –Khmer –Korean– Latvian –Lithuanian–Polish –Norwegian –Persian–Portuguese–Russian Slovenian– Swahili –Swedish–Tajik –Thai –Turkish –Uighur–Urdu–Uzbek– Vietnamese

Graduate Students Only: French–German–Spanish

FLAS fellowships award tuition and a living stipend as follows:

  • Academic Year Graduate: $18,000 tuition, $15,000 living stipend
  • Academic Year Undergraduate: $10,000 tuition, $5,000 living stipend
  • Summer Graduate/Undergraduate: $5,000 tuition, $2,500 living stipend

Questions about this opportunity can be directed to: rldavis @ uw.edu

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://www.jsis.washington.edu/advise/flas/

Summer 2016 – Spring 2017 TA Positions in the Department of Asian Languages & Literature

Application deadline:   January 11, 2016

Get more info about the application process at the staff and faculty led TA Application Workshop!

Date: Friday, November 20th
Time: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Savery 156

The opportunity

The Department of Asian Languages & Literature is looking for prospective Teaching Assistants who can teach Asian languages (Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, or Korean language courses) for the 2016-2017 academic year. Our Academic Counselor and Faculty members will explain the TA application process for each language program.

If you are applying to become, or are already, a graduate student as of autumn quarter 2016 you are eligible to apply to be a Teaching Assistant in Chinese, Hindi, Japanese and Korean language courses.

Eligibility

All graduate students applying to, accepted by, or currently enrolled in the University of Washington are eligible to apply for teaching assistant positions. Strong preference is given to graduate students in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature.

Due Date:  The deadline for Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, and Korean, is January 11, 2016. Late applications may be considered at the discretion of the Department. Students will be notified of their appointments as soon as practicable.

Selection criteria

The following criteria will be taken into consideration in the selection of teaching assistants:

  • command of spoken and written English
  • academic standing (with priority given to AL&L students)
  • evidence of effective teaching potential
  • career plans involving teaching
  • responsibility and the ability to work well with others

In addition, the following criteria will be considered for language teaching applicants:

  • proficiency in the target language
  • experience teaching the target language
  • completion of coursework in foreign language pedagogy (e.g. ASIAN 510)
  • knowledge of the grammar of the target language and the ability to explain it clearly.

English Language Requirement:  By the time of appointment, students who are non-native speakers of English must demonstrate sufficient ability in English by satisfying the requirements detailed in Graduate School Memorandum No. 15.

To satisfy the requirement you must have either:

  1. A bachelor’s, (NOT a master’s, or doctoral degree) from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from an institution in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, or the United Kingdom, OR
  2. have submitted to the University of Washington a currently valid TOEFL Speaking score of 26 or higher, OR a IELTS speaking score of 7.0 or higher, OR a VERSANT score of 65 or higher.

*If you do not fulfill these requirements and are a current student at UW take the VERSANT test OR the University of Washington’s ENGL 105: English for International Teaching Assistants as soon as possible.

**If you do not fulfill these requirements and do not live in the Seattle area, take the TOEFL iBT as soon as possible.

***If your test scores are high enough to qualify for an appeal interview (as described in Graduate Memo 15) we will contact you to arrange an appeal interview.  These can be conducted by Skype for those not currently in the Seattle area.

Hiring

ll appointments are subject to availability of funding. Department hiring will be carried out in conformity with the UW/UAW contract for Academic Student Employees.

Teaching Assistant Salary and Benefits

Teaching Assistants in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature typically receive a tuition waiver, health insurance, and a monthly salary of at least $1,846 per month during the months they are assigned to teach.  Exact details of salary and benefits are listed in the offer letter.

Duties

Typical job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • teaching language classes daily (usually in the morning)
  • making/grading tests and homework
  • keeping student records
  • participating in TA meetings
  • collaborating with the supervisor and other TAs

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://asian.washington.edu/teaching-assistant-opportunities
Questions should be directed to asianapp @ uw.edu

Critical Language Scholarship Program

Application deadline:   November 23, 2015

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The fourteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

Please note that participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the fourteen languages. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website: http://www.clscholarship.org/information-for/applicants.

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen. (Non-citizens including Permanent Residents are not eligible, even if they anticipate naturalization by the beginning of the program.)
  • Be enrolled in an accredited U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate (associate’s, bachelor’s) or graduate (master’s, doctoral, professional degree) level.

There is no service requirement for CLS Alumni after the program. However, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.

Please note that CLS is an intensive group-based language program.

Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website: http://www.clscholarship.org/information-for/applicants

David L. Boren Fellowship

UW campus deadline:   December 31, 2015

The David L. Boren Fellowship provides up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Boren Fellows represent a variety of academic and professional disciplines, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Swahili.

Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their projects, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

 Eligibility:

  • U.S. citizens only
  • Must be matriculated into your graduate program
  • May not graduate until the fellowship is complete

Applications are submitted online. UW applicants must participate in a mandatory on-campus interview process. Please contact the Office of Fellowships and Awards for more information if you are interested in applying for this award.

More information about award components and eligibility can be found on the Boren website: http://www.borenawards.org/

UW information sessions:

In Person:

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 10:00 AM
181L ALLEN LIBRARY AUDITORIUM

Webinars:

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 4:00 PM
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 12:30 PM
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 10:00 AM

Register for a webinar

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

Application deadline:   January 30, 2015

Program description:

Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) are available to undergraduate, graduate and professional students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents.  FLAS Fellowships support the study of the following languages and their world regions:
-Arabic -Bangla -Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian -Bulgarian -Burmese -Canadian First Nations -Chinese -Czech -Danish -Estonian -Filipino/Tagalog -Finnish -French -German -Hebrew -Hindi -Indonesian/Malay -Italian -Japanese -Kazakh -Khmer -Korean -Latvian -Lithuanian -Norwegian -Persian -Polish -Portuguese -Russian -Slovenian -Spanish -Swahili -Swedish -Tajik -Thai -Turkish -Uighur -Urdu -Uzbek -Vietnamese

FLAS fellowships award tuition and a living stipend as follows:

Academic Year Graduate:        $18,000 tuition, $15,000 living stipend
Academic Year Undergraduate:    $10,000 tuition, $5,000 living stipend
Summer Graduate/Undergraduate:    $5,000 tuition, $2,500 living stipend

For more information, visit http://www.jsis.washington.edu/advise/flas/

Questions: email flas@uw.edu

Upcoming FLAS Information Sessions

Application Deadline:   January 30, 2015

Information Sessions:

  • Thomson Hall Rm 317: Th Dec 4, 3:30-4:30
  • Denny Hall Rm 205: Th Dec 11, 12:30-1:20
  • Online Web Chat: Wed Dec 17, 3:30-4:30
  • Thomson Hall Rm 317: Wed Jan 7, 12:30-1:30
  • Online Web Chat: Tue January 13, 12-1 PM

Information Sessions will cover FLAS benefits and requirements, the application process, and the use of FLAS awards abroad.

Program description:

Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) are available to undergraduate, graduate and professional students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents.  FLAS Fellowships support the study of the following languages and their world regions:
-Arabic -Bangla -Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian -Bulgarian -Burmese -Canadian First Nations -Chinese -Czech -Danish -Estonian -Filipino/Tagalog -Finnish -French -German -Hebrew -Hindi -Indonesian/Malay -Italian -Japanese -Kazakh -Khmer -Korean -Latvian -Lithuanian -Norwegian -Persian -Polish -Portuguese -Russian -Slovenian -Spanish -Swahili -Swedish -Tajik -Thai -Turkish -Uighur -Urdu -Uzbek -Vietnamese

FLAS fellowships award tuition and a living stipend as follows:

Academic Year Graduate:        $18,000 tuition, $15,000 living stipend
Academic Year Undergraduate:    $10,000 tuition, $5,000 living stipend
Summer Graduate/Undergraduate:    $5,000 tuition, $2,500 living stipend

For more information, visit http://www.jsis.washington.edu/advise/flas/

Questions: email flas@uw.edu

UW Asian Languages & Literature TA Application Information Session

UW Asian Languages & Literature TA Application Information Session will be held on Friday, December 5, 2014 from 3:30-4:30 pm in Thomson Hall 125.

The Department of Asian Languages and Literature is looking for prospective Teaching Assistants who can teach Asian languages (Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, or Korean language courses) for the 2015-2016 academic year. The department’s academic counselor and faculty members will explain the TA application process for each language program. Only UW graduate students will be offered TA positions. If you are applying to ANY graduate program starting Fall 2015 you are eligible to apply to be a TA in Chinese, Japanese, Hindi or Korean language courses. This workshop is a great opportunity to get your application questions answered and meet with faculty in the program. More information on being a TA in the Asian Languages & Literature Department can be found here: http://asian.washington.edu/teaching-assistant-opportunities

Please submit questions to asianapp@uw.edu