Funding & Scholarship Opportunities

Notice: Notice: The funding information on this page on 5.10.2024 has been revised. For any questions or concerns contact us at


UW-Madison Deadline: February 14, 2024

Apply at Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (

Students may be eligible to receive a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) award to support African, Southeast Asian, and South Asian language study.

  • Eligibility is limited to students of least commonly or never taught African, Southeast Asian, and South Asian languages and students at post-advanced levels of study in African, Southeast Asian, and South Asian languages where conventional instructional options do not exist
  • Eligibility is limited to graduate students with advanced expertise in the target language or another language directly relevant to the student’s professional goals
  • Final determination of eligibility is linked to the submission and approval of the fellow’s individualized plan of study by an International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) program officer in the manner of an independent study.

Students who wish to apply for a FLAS should contact the FLAS coordinator at their home institution and/or the African Studies Program FLAS Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Olayinka Olagbegi-Adegbite (, to discuss their eligibility and the application process.

More information: 2024 FLAS Flyer 1

The Summer 2024 WISLI Tuition Scholarship competition is now closed.

Deadline: February 21, 2024

WISLI is pleased to offer the WISLI Tuition Scholarship, which covers half payment of tuition for language study at CESSI, MEDLI (formerly APTLI), MULTI, NORD, SASLI, SEASSI, or SIPI for Summer 2024.  The purpose of the WISLI Tuition Scholarship is to broaden support for learning less commonly taught languages.


The WISLI Tuition Scholarship covers 50% of the tuition for summer 2024 language study at one of the WISLI summer language institutes.  See Tuition and Fees for information about estimated costs for Summer 2023.

The WISLI Tuition Scholarship does not cover expenses such as segregated fees, textbooks, living expenses, housing, incidentals, travel or other costs.  International students are required to have UW–Madison approved health insurance coverage, and may need to enroll in the UW Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) if not able to get a waiver. Students who have not previously attended UW–Madison will be charged a one-time official document fee of $130.00.


All applicants to a WISLI summer language institute are eligible to apply for a WISLI Tuition Scholarship, including:

  • Domestic and international students
  • Students in degree programs at UW-Madison and students from other institutions of higher learning, such as community colleges
  • Adult lifelong learners and non-degree seeking students

Because of limited funds available, not all qualified applicants can be awarded WISLI Tuition Scholarships.  See the WISLI funding page for additional resources and suggestions for identifying other funding sources for language study.


To apply for a WISLI Tuition Scholarship:

  • Complete the WISLI Tuition Scholarship application form.
  • Submit a one-page (approximately 500 words) statement of purpose describing your intended personal/academic/professional goals and the broader impact of these goals for language study at a WISLI Institute.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation with your application.  You can opt to have your Institute recommendation letters applied to your WISLI Tuition Scholarship application, or you can submit your letters or have your recommenders submit their recommendation letters via the WISLI Tuition Scholarship recommendation submission form.

Applicants must complete separate applications if applying for a WISLI Tuition Scholarship in multiple languages hosted at different Institutions. If you are applying to multiple languages within the same Institution, please address that where indicated on your application. 

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all application materials are complete and submitted on time.

Students should expect to receive information regarding the status of their scholarship by April. Those offered an award must indicate acceptance within two weeks of receiving the award letter. Those who have not indicated accepted by the two-week deadline stated on the award letter will automatically have the offer withdrawn.

Once a student is accepted by their summer language institute and enrolled in their language courses for summer 2024, the WISLI Tuition Scholarship will be applied directly to tuition costs.

Students who accept the WISLI Tuition Scholarship are expected to complete the entire 8-week program with a passing grade.


Contact us at for questions about the WISLI Tuition Scholarship.

The Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation awards two types of scholarships to undergraduate women who have attained the Girl Scout Silver or Gold Award: the Academic Scholarship to study a Foreign Language, and the Scholarship to Study Abroad.

About the Academic Scholarship:

  • Awarded to undergraduate college/university women
  • Those who attained the honor of Silver or Gold Award Girl Scout
  • Those who plan to/are currently pursuing a major/minor in foreign language at a four year college/university
  • Provides $1,500 per academic year. The Scholarship may be renewed three times following the initial award, for a maximum of $6,000. The Scholarship DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY renew, and must be reapplied for annually.

About the Study Abroad Scholarship:

  • Awarded to undergraduate college/university women
  • Those who attained the Silver or Gold Award
  • Those who plan to study abroad, regardless of major/minor
  • It is not necessary to be a Scholarship to Study a Foreign Language recipient to apply for this one time Scholarship to Study Abroad, nor are Scholarship to Study a Foreign Language recipients excluded from applying
  • Provides $1,000 directly to the awardee upon verification that they have begun their study abroad experience
  • The Scholarship to Study Abroad IS NOT renewable. Application may be submitted for studying abroad during first semester, second semester, summer, or the full academic year.

Click here to learn more and/or apply.

The Boren Awards fund the intensive study of language and culture abroad by U.S. undergraduate or graduate students. All eligible applicants have the option to either apply for a Regional Flagship Language Initiative or select/design their own study program. Information about designing your own program is below.

Program design guidelines differ slightly where noted for undergraduate Boren Scholars and graduate Boren Fellows.

About the Scholarship:

  • Boren Scholarship Max Awards:
    • 8-11 weeks: $8,000 for a summer program (STEM majors only)
    • 12-24 weeks: $12,500
    • 25-52 weeks: $25,000
  • Boren Fellowship Max Awards:
    • 12-24 weeks: $12,500
    • 25-52 weeks: $25,000


  • U.S. citizens at the time of the national application deadline
  • A high school graduate, or have earned a GED
  • At least 18 years of age or older at the time of the national application deadline
  • Planning an overseas program in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand
  • Planning to study in a country of which they are not a citizen
  • Matriculated for the duration of their Boren Awards-funded program in an undergraduate or graduate degree program located within the United States and accredited by a body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • (For ROTC cadets and midshipmen and members of the military Reserves or National Guard) In inactive, non-drilling status for the duration of their Boren Awards-funded program

The duration of program, language of study, location of program, & applicants field of study are also taken into consideration for Boren Awards. Additional guidelines are set for Boren Fellows.

Click here to learn more and/or apply.

The Gilman Scholarship is a need-based program through the U.S. Department of State that’s designed to allow students who might not otherwise be able to study abroad the opportunity. You select the program you want to participate in, so there’s flexibility with regards to language and location. Scholarship winners come from all over the United States and travel all over the world. Applications are opening mid-August 2024.

Also, if you receive this scholarship, you’ll have a competitive advantage for certain federal jobs for the next 12 months by being allowed to apply for jobs only open to federal employees.


  • United States citizen
  • Undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States (including both two-year and four-year institutions)
  • Receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of their study abroad program or internship
  • In the process of applying to, or accepted to, a credit-bearing study abroad or internship program, or a virtual international program. Virtual programs and internships will be eligible until Summer 2024. Proof of program acceptance is required prior to award disbursement
  • Applying for credit-bearing study abroad programs in a country or area with an overall Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System. However, certain locations within these countries or areas may be designated within the Travel Advisory as either “Do not travel to” (Level 4) or “Reconsider travel to” (Level 3) locations, as such; students will not be allowed to travel to these specific locations. Moreover, students are not eligible to apply for programs in a country or area with an overall Level 3 or 4 Travel Advisory


  • October 2024 Deadline application will open in mid-August 2024 for applicants whose in-person programs or internships start between December 1, 2024, and October 31, 2025
  • Application deadline is Thursday, October 10, 2024 at 11:59pm PT

Click here to learn more and/or apply.

Through the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Adult Career and Special Student Services, scholarships are available for admitted UW–Madison nontraditional and returning adult students. Thank you to the generous contributions from our donors.

Application period: November 16th – February 10th

Criteria and application: Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH); using the filter, select Division of Continuing Studies scholarships

Eligibility: nontraditional or returning adult undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree program students at UW–Madison

Click here to learn more and/or apply.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education. IIE offers a number of video tutorials guiding you through the general Fulbright program and each of the different award types @


You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for the FUSP.

Enrolled UW-Madison students should apply through the UW-Madison by submitting the application in the Enrolled Student category and selecting UW-Madison as your institution.

Undergraduates who will have graduated by the start of the award term and graduate students at all levels are eligible to apply for the FUSP.

UW-Madison alumni not in a graduate program at another institution have the option of applying through the UW-Madison and are both invited and strongly encouraged to do so! Applicants do not have to be in an academic program to be eligible. Alumni interested in applying for this program through UW-Madison should contact Mark Lilleleht, the UW-Madison’s Fulbright Coordinator, at with any questions.

How to apply

All applicants applying through UW-Madison must follow campus instructions & deadlines.

The campus deadline for submission of the 2025-26 FUSP application is 10:00am CDT, Thursday, September 14, 2024.

Applicants must submit Attachments A & B (see below) by email to the IRIS Awards Office by 10:00am CDT, Monday, September 11, 2024.

Read and review ALL of the documents below (updated for the 2024-2025 competition):

Each applicant is responsible for submitting a complete and correct application. Mark Lilleleht, UW-Madison’s Fulbright Program Advisor/Coordinator, is available to answer questions about the application requirements, process, as well as comment on drafts of application essays. Email with questions. Applicants are advised to read all instructions on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website and the campus documents (above).

If someone will be sponsoring you to attend MULTI (i.e. paying your tuition), please review the following procedures:

In order to create a third party payment, the UW-Madison Bursar’s office needs a letter of authorization from the sponsoring organization. You will need to have your sponsor send the following information on department or university letterhead:

  • Your Name
  • Your University of Wisconsin-Madison Student ID number
  • The Duration of Sponsorship
  • Amount to be invoiced
  • Your Sponsor’s Contact Name and Address
  • How payment will be made (Check or wire transfer)
  • *Special Invoice Instructions (Where and who the invoice must be addressed to)

The letter of authorization should be forwarded immediately to If the sponsor’s letter of authorization is received before the tuition and fee bill is generated, the amount of charges deferred to a third party sponsor is indicated on the bill.

*If possible, please have your sponsor copy MULTI at when sending the letter.

Once your sponsor has completed these steps, you can log on to your MyUW account (opens in new tab) and select the Financial tab to view your Tuition and Fee Student Account activity; you should be able to determine that your charges have been deferred to a third party sponsor for payment. Please allow a minimum of 5 business days for processing.

If the sponsor is not paying the entire tuition and fee cost, you must pay the remaining balance before the tuition due date in order to avoid a late payment fee.

PLEASE NOTE: If the sponsor’s authorization is not received prior to the tuition due date, you will be held responsible for payment of the late payment fee.

Once the authorization letter has been received a third party deferral is applied to the student’s account. The third party invoice will be issued by approximately mid-July for the Summer semester. The sponsor needs to notify the University in writing should a student be removed from sponsorship.

If you have any additional questions, please contact MULTI via email at

To explore other scholarship opportunities, visit the WISLI database page.

Also visit the UW-Madison Summer Term website for information on scholarship opportunities, including: