Month: January 2017

Fulbright-Hays DDRA 2017 competition is open

The 2017 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) competition is open. The deadline for submission of a complete application, including all supporting documents, is 9:00 am, Monday, March 13, 2017.

The campus deadline is the final deadline for student applicants. Go to for information on the application process & campus documents.

The Fulbright-Hays DDRA funds doctoral candidates (US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents) to conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months. The grant does not fund research whose focus is on Western European countries.

For 2017 there are two areas identified as competitive preference priorities: projects that use any of 78 priority languages selected from a list of Less Commonly Taught Languages; and projects conducted in the fields of economics, engineering, international development, mathematics, political science, public health, science, comparative or international education, or technology.

The USED International and Foreign Language Education office will provide a pre-application technical assistance webinar for the 2017 DDRA program on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at 2:00 pm EST. To participate in the webinar, register @

We will also offer a Fulbright-Hays DDRA information session for UW-Madison students on Friday, February 10, 2017, 3:00 – 4:00 pm in 206 Ingraham Hall.

Center for South Asia Receives Educational Innovations Grant

The Center for South Asia and the South Asia Summer Language Institute is pleased to announce that our project was selected for a UW-Madison Educational Innovations grant of $10,000! This support will supplement costs associated with designing an Elementary Hindi blended course in Canvas and PressBooks. The development of these blended course materials, led by UW-Madison SAFLI Hindi-Urdu Language Coordinator Sarah Beckham, will enhance student proficiency outcomes by creating a flipped classroom experience in which learners acquire and apply foundational knowledge in a distributed learning environment. This approach maximizes face-to-face interaction with instructors in the target language to produce integrated learning outcomes.  In collaboration with the Blend@UW initiative, this course will be piloted during the SASLI 2017 summer program and further developed to create open-access training resources and materials for instructors.

College of Menominee Nation Partnership

On December 5, 2016 in Keshena, WI, members of the UW academic community and the Menominee Nation came together for the final meeting of a sustainable development and indigeneity seminar that ran last fall. The seminar was presented by the College of Menominee Nation (CMN) and the Sustainable Development Institute in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It was coordinated by doctoral candidate and IRIS Project Assistant Reynaldo Morales. In this final session, participants and members of different tribal communities in northeast Wisconsin celebrated the completion of the seminar, and shared their thoughts on the importance of this collaboration and its potential impact on future sustainable development achievements.

Supported in part by Department of Education Title VI funded regional centers of the Institute for Regional and International Studies, the seminar was part of these centers’ commitment to expand its collaboration with minority serving institutions to internationalize their curriculum. Beginning in 2014, several of the regional studies centers worked with the College of Menominee Nation to increase its connections with the Global Indigenous Movement. Prior successes of this collaboration include the participation of College of Menominee Nation faculty and administrators in the Workshop on Indigeneity in Southeast Asia at the UW, and sending a joint College of Menominee Nation delegation to the 15th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2016. The seminar in the fall was the next step in what all parties hope to be continued collaboration on sustainable development and indigeneity.

The focus of the 14-week seminar was on sharing sustainable development research and practices between the UW community and the Menominee Nation. Alberto Vargas, Associate Director of Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies at the University of Wisconsin and one of the organizers of the seminar, stressed the value of this sharing of ideas. “[T]his is a two-way collaboration and we at UW have a lot to learn from the wisdom and accumulated knowledge about sustainability from the Menominee Nation and in general from all the First Nations in the state.” The content of the seminar used the framework of the Menominee Model of Sustainable Development consisting of six interrelated components: land and sovereignty, environment, institutions, technology, economics, and human behavior/perception.

The seminar and the collaboration between the University and the Menominee Nation was so fruitful that it has been transformed into a for-credit course at UW-Madison this spring. Environmental Studies 402, Global Indigeneity and Sustainability, is being offered through the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies as a one-credit seminar course. Students of the College of Menominee Nation and of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College in Hayward, Wisconsin will also be taking the course, joining by Skype each week.

The format of the spring 2017 seminar will be similar to the seminar this past fall, with academics and researchers from multiple disciplines presenting on their projects related to indigenous communities. In addition to sustainable development, presentations will focus on Indigenous Knowledge Systems in the context of environmental science, global health, geography and international law, among others. Environmental Studies 402 is scheduled for Fridays from noon to 1:55 pm, in room L150 Education Building.

International Research and Training Grants for Incoming Graduate Students competition open to campus units

The purpose of the International Research and Training Grants for Incoming Graduate Students is to assist campus units recruit strong incoming internationally- or area-studies-oriented graduate students in all fields. Grants of $5k are offered to prospective graduate students as an inducement to study at Wisconsin. Any UW-Madison unit that admits graduate students may nominate prospective students that it is recruiting. The deadline for units to submit nominations is January 23, 2017. Click here to learn more.

2017 Incubator Grant competition now open

The UW-Madison’s International Division, working through its Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS), announces a competition for small grants designed to facilitate interdisciplinary research in international or regional studies by UW-Madison faculty members across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Awards will be $10-50k & all UW-Madison faculty & academic staff with permanent PI status are eligible to apply. Application deadline is March 17, 2017. Click here to learn more.