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Announcing the Title VI International Research and Studies Program for FY 2017

The US Department of Education’s International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office just announced the opening of the a new round of awards for fiscal year 2017: Title VI International Research and Studies Program. The deadline to submit an application is August 14, 2017. The IFLE announcement reads:

The International and Foreign Language Education Office of the U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the opening of the competition for FY 2017 new awards under the Title VI International Research and Studies Program (IRS) Program.

The IRS program provides grants to institutions, public and private agencies, organizations, and individuals to conduct research and studies or to develop instructional materials to improve and strengthen instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, and other international fields. IRS program funds may not be used for the training of students and teachers. Cost-sharing is not required.

The FY 2017 competition will feature one absolute priority and two competitive preference priorities. We hope that these priorities will inspire interesting research projects, surveys, and studies that will be useful to a wide range of stakeholders:

  • Absolute Priority: The Department will only consider applications that propose research projects, surveys, or studies.
  • Competitive Preference Priority 1: Five (5) additional points may be awarded for research projects, surveys, and studies about U.S. school-based Dual Language Immersion Programs.
  • Competitive Preference Priority 2:  Five (5) additional points may be awarded for research projects, surveys, and studies on the outcomes of international education programs for U.S. postsecondary education students.

The following are examples of research, study, and survey projects supported under the IRS program in the past:

The deadline to apply is August 14, 2017. Please refer to the Notice Inviting Applications published in the Federal Register and the application package for further information. We appreciate your interest in this program and look forward to receiving your application!

Refer a student or alum!

Do you know an undergrad here at UW-Madison that would be a good fit for a Fulbright? Maybe you just had alumni event and you met a few that you think should explore their options for funding abroad. Grad students in your department ready to apply for a Fulbright-Hays DDRA or a Boren Fellowship? Some who are planning their summer research and could benefit from an IRIS Summer Fieldwork Award or a Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship? A graduating senior or recent grad that might never have thought about working in Asia but is an exceptional talent and a good fit for the Luce Scholars Program?

Fill out our online referral form and we’ll reach out to them! Students are more likely to apply for a fellowship when referred by a faculty or staff member plus you’ll be helping us spread the word about these valuable opportunities campus-wide.

The summer is a great time to work on your Fulbright application!

If you’re a rising senior, graduate student, or alumni of the UW-Madison and you’re interested in pursuing a Fulbright US Student Program award – it is most definitely not just for students – the summer is a great time to learn more about the program and work on your application. In fact, with the campus deadline this year on September 11, summer is the time for you to be working on it!

Learn more about the campus-side of the process at http://go.wisc.edu/fusp and explore all the opportunities available on the Fulbright website.

Mark Lilleleht, the campus Fulbright program advisor, will be available all summer long to answer questions, assist with the application process, and to discuss your interests. Contact him – with your questions or to set up an appointment – at awards@iris.wisc.edu & 608.265.6070.

FUSP poster 2017

Four UW-Madison Students Receive Boren Awards

Four UW–Madison students have been awarded prestigious Boren Awards. The awards will allow these students to study languages overseas, enhancing their own academic pursuits and developing essential language skills.

“Boren Scholarships and Fellowships present exceptional opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students,” said Guido Podestá, vice provost and dean of UW–Madison’s International Division. “The expertise these students will develop through studying critical languages and regions not commonly selected for study abroad programs uniquely positions them for success in their careers and future research.”

A Boren Scholarship has been awarded to Emma Johnson, a languages major who will be studying Russian in Kazakhstan. Johnson is currently in the Russian Flagship Program.

Three UW–Madison Ph.D. candidates have accepted Boren Fellowships. Each proposed a project that further facilitates the awardees’ language learning and academic interests.

Philip Cerepak, history, will study Tagalog in the Philippines. His project is titled, “A Commodity History of Coconut Oil and Insurgency.”

Catriona Miller, history, will study Khmer in Cambodia. Her project is titled, “Historicizing Gender and Development.”

Nicholas Zeller, history, will study Mandarin in China. His project is titled, “National Liberation, Global Revolution: China, Thailand, and the Formation of Asian Marxism.”

“I’m very happy the Boren Fellowship program elected to fund my language study and doctoral research,” Zeller said. “Overseas research in non-European languages takes a long time, not only to learn the language, but to learn the people, their culture, their sense of their own history. There are many people keeping gates along the well-worn but nonetheless confusing and oblique road to a Ph.D. Receiving a year-long award like the Boren means at least one of these gates has been flung wide open. Without it and similar grants, serious academic research outside the United States would be almost unthinkable for nearly all graduate students.”

David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), a major federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. Boren Awards provide U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of our nation. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for a period of at least one year. “The National Security Education Program,” according to Dr. Michael A. Nugent, NSEP Director, “is helping change the U.S. higher education system and the way Americans approach the study of foreign languages and cultures.”

This year, the Institute of International Education, which administers the awards on behalf of NSEP, received 791 applications from undergraduate students for the Boren Scholarship and 194 were awarded; 340 graduate students applied for the Boren Fellowship and 114 were awarded.  Boren Scholars and Fellows will live in 44 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. They will study 36 different languages. The most popular languages include Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, Swahili, and Korean.

Since 1994, over 6,000 students have received Boren Awards. Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena, and program alumni are contributing to the critical missions of agencies throughout the federal government.

Mark Lilleleht, assistant director for awards, serves as the campus representative for Boren Fellowships. Graduate students can learn more about Boren Fellowships by contacting him at awards@iris.wisc.edu. Matt Geisler, assistant director of International Academic Programs, serves as the campus representative for the Boren Scholarships. Undergraduate students can learn more about Boren Scholarships by contacting him at mdgeisler@studyabroad.wisc.edu.

Written by Steven Barcus

Fulbright Open Houses coming up!

Are you interested in learning more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program? Are unsure and want to learn more? Are you applying but need some advice or have some questions?

Did you miss our information sessions?

You’re always welcome to connect with the campus Fulbright Program Advisor, Mark Lilleleht, by phone (608.265.6070) or email (awards@iris.wisc.edu) with questions or to make an appointment. But… we’ve also got drop-in open houses for your Fulbright questions!

Fulbright U.S. Student Program (FUSP) 2018-19 is open!

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program (FUSP) 2018-19 is open and we will be having two workshops next week!

On Tuesday, the UW-Madison’s Writing Center is hosting:

Writing Your Way to a Fulbright: The Application Process
Tuesday, April 25
3:30-5:00pm
Helen C. White Hall
Register @ http://writing.wisc.edu/Workshops/Application_Fulbright_essay.html

On Wednesday, Mark Lilleleht, the campus Fulbright Program Advisor, will hold a general information session:

FUSP Information Session
Wednesday, April 26
2:30-3:30pm
206 Ingraham Hall

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is open to undergraduates graduating in December 2017 or May 2018, currently enrolled graduate students, and alumni. Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student program must be U.S. citizens.

Full details on the campus process (and deadlines) are available @ http://go.wisc.edu/fusp

If you cannot make a session but would like to learn more, please contact Mark Lilleleht @ awards@iris.wisc.edu or 608.265.6070 to set up an appointment (skype appointments for those abroad are also encouraged).

SKJ & Graduate Summer Fieldwork Award information session on W 2/8 @ 3pm

There will be an information session for students interested in applying for the IRIS Graduate Student Summer Fieldwork Award and/or the Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship for Summer 2017 on Wednesday, February 8 @ 3pm in 206 Ingraham Hall. If you’re a continuing graduate student at UW-Madison planning on conducting fieldwork abroad during the summer field season (there’s some wiggle room on this) you might very well be eligible to apply for one or both. Come with your questions or just to learn more about these funding opportunities! Deadline to apply for both awards is March 3, 2017 – so you’ve got time.

IRIS Summer Fieldwork Award & Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship competitions accepting applications for Summer 2017

We have opened the online application for the 2017 competitions for both the IRIS Graduate Student Summer Fieldwork Award and the Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship.

These awards are for graduate students (in any department) planning on conducting research outside the United States during the summer 2017 field season. The deadline to submit applications is March 3, 2017. Unlike past years, eligible applicants can apply for both awards.

More complete details are on each award’s respective website.

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 http://iris.wisc.edu/funding/students/ddra/ 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 @ https://educate.webex.com/educate/j.php?RGID=r858e6518670369ddd934709a6fc22be7.

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.