Funding & Scholarship Opportunities

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FLAS ELIGIBILITY – AFRICAN, SOUTHEAST ASIAN, AND SOUTH ASIAN LANGUAGES (in 2023)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. Future iterations of this course may expand FLAS eligibility to include Southeast Asian and South Asian languages. 

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-January for 2022.

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 2022. 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


  • March 2022 Deadline application will open in mid-January 2022 for applicants whose in-person programs or internships start between May 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023
  • Application deadline is March 1, 2022 at 11:59pm PT
  • Advisor certification deadline is March 8, 2022
  • Cycle includes Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Academic Year 2022-2023, and Spring 2023 programs or internships

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.

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