IFLE Newsletter - April 2022

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Volume 8 | Issue 1 | April 2022

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IFLE's Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program Still Accepting Applications!

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There is still time to submit applications for fiscal year (FY) 2022 new awards for the Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) grant competition.


The Title VI UISFL program provides seed funding to plan, develop, and carry out new programs to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages. Current UISFL grantees include community colleges, small four-year colleges and universities, and minority serving institutions. The FY 2022 UISFL application package is now available at www.grants.gov. For application technical assistance, please view a pre-recorded webinar on YouTube, and refer to a helpful resource on addressing the Needs Analysis portion of the application. 


UISFL program grantees shared highlights about their respective projects during two recent IFLE GoGlobalEd podcast episodes: 

  • Listen to a conversation with Bill Phelan, the project director of Cornell University's 2018 UISFL grant.
  • Listen to an interview with Dr. David Flaten, Ph.D., professor of history at Tompkins Cortland Community College, which benefitted as collaboration IHE in Cornell University’s 2018 UISFL grant.

The deadline for submitting an application to the UISFL program is May 31, 2022

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Department of Education Launches Website to Support Education of Newly-arrived Afghans

The U.S. Department of Education has launched a Keeping the Promise website to serve as a repository of resources for individuals, schools, and communities supporting Afghan newcomers and their education goals. As part of Operation Allies Welcome, the department recognizes that there is an immediate and urgent need for providing high-quality, culturally responsive education to our Afghan guests — inclusive of primary, secondary, postsecondary, and adult education and English language learning.  


The website contains: educational materials; student and family engagement resources; fact sheets to ensure civil rights in education; policy documents; and general cultural and linguistic facts to help guide teachers, state education agencies, local education agencies, institutions of higher education (IHEs), and other community-based education providers. Our Afghan allies and their families protected our troops, supported our diplomatic community, and served our country, so we will now serve them with equitable, excellent education as we welcome them to our country. Educators have a unique chance to make a major impact on the Afghan students' and families’ lives, and we hope that these resources will support you in welcoming our allies into your school community. 


New submissions are welcome at KeepingthePromise@ed.gov.  

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Coming Soon! The Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022

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The Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad (FRA) program will be accepting applications again in FY 2022! After a hiatus of over 10 years, IFLE is excited to bring back this popular opportunity for faculty members in the humanities and social sciences to enhance their area studies, international studies, and foreign language courses by conducting research overseas.


The FRA program awards fellowships, through colleges and universities, to fund faculty members’ research overseas in modern foreign languages and area studies for three to 12 months. Applicants can propose to conduct research projects in Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Western Hemisphere, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Near East. Applications focused on Western Europe will not be funded. The program is designed to improve faculty skills in languages and cultural knowledge of the people of these countries. Please note that eligible applicants must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident, and must apply through the institutions in which they are employed. 


Visit the FRA website to learn more about the program and apply. An additional way to learn more about the impact of the FRA program is to hear from alumni of the program:

FRA applications will be available on May 9, 2022, and faculty applicants must submit their applications by July 13, 2022. Questions about the program can be emailed to FRA@ed.gov.

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Former Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow Reports from Ukraine

former FLAS fellow reports from Ukraine

Terrell Starr, a former Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellow, is currently in Kyiv, Ukraine reporting on the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia. While a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, Terrell studied Georgian and Russian with the support of several FLAS fellowships. He applies those languages and area studies skills on a daily basis through his work as a journalist for Foreign Policy magazine and as a senior nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. Terrell provided a first-hand look at the situation in Kyiv during a CNN interview on Feb. 25. To watch the interview visit https://twitter.com/GoGlobalED/status/1497233683140550658?s=20&t=sUHFJeY-4q3SwH9mspXlvw.


The FLAS fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to IHEs or consortia of IHEs to assist undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. Eligible students apply for FLAS fellowships directly to an institution that has received an allocation of fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison Title VI Centers Collaborate with State Agencies to Improve Instruction on Genocide

The Title VI centers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently began the second phase of a major curriculum development initiative, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.


With the first stage of the collaboration between the Title VI centers and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction completed, phase two of their long-term collaboration continues with the purpose of helping K–12 educators meet the mandates of Act 30, a Wisconsin law recently passed that requires K–12 educators teach on genocide. Similar laws mandating K–12 education on genocide have been passed in many states across the country, providing opportunities for education entities to collaborate on the development and approval of similar initiatives in response to these emerging curriculum requirements. 


Read more about this story in a recent University of Wisconsin International Division newsletter story.

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Spring Webinars Focused on Language

CERCLL free webinars information

This spring, the University of Arizona’s Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL), which is a Title VI Language Resource Center, has been hosting a series of free webinars for language educators. There is still time to register for the final webinar on May 11, 2022!


Participants who attend live can request a certificate of attendance for 1.5 hours of continuing education for each event. To learn more and register for a webinar, visit


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Business is Global Summer Language Program

Indiana University's Institute for International Business, which is a Title VI Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) grantee, invites applications to its Business is Global summer language programThe program is designed specifically for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in learning more about less commonly taught languages, international business fundamentals, and the cultures of economies around the world.


The program's curriculum introduces participants to five less-commonly taught foreign languages from dynamic economies around the world: Akan, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese and Russian. Throughout the two-week program, participants will

  • learn about the cultures and communication styles of these language regions.
  • gain a basic understanding of the business practices of the United States and the targeted regions through an accelerated curriculum based on the top-ranked undergraduate program at the Kelley School of Business. These business sessions introduce business vocabulary, provide a general overview of how a business operates, and demonstrate how current events impact international business.
  • develop networking, collaboration, and professional skills that will set you apart.

The summer language program will be held virtually in summer 2022, and will be held from June 26 to July 9. The application deadline is April 29. All required materials are included in the program fee of $300. Note that need-based CIBER scholarships are available. 

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Apply for a Global Teaching Seminar Offered by the Ohio State University

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The area studies centers at The Ohio State University, which are Title VI National Resource Center grantees, are accepting applications for the Global Teacher Seminar 2022. The seminar, entitled “Global Competency and the UN’s Global Goals” is offered online this summer. The seminar is designed to develop global competencies in students across the nation by creating a cohort of diverse, globally competent, K–12 pre-service and new teachers prepared and inspired to teach about global topics. The cohort will gather virtually for intensive seminars featuring discussions with regional experts focusing on United Nations sustainability development goals in the regions of East Asia, Eastern Europe/Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. During and after the summer seminar, the cohort will develop teaching tools for use in the classroom. In autumn 2022 a final speaker and networking session with in-service teachers will support classroom implementation.


Educators in any state can apply, and pre-service and new in-service teachers are especially encouraged to do so. The virtual seminar format includes both synchronous and asynchronous components, and will take place Monday to Thursday, June 27 – 30, 2022, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (ET). The deadline to for receiving applications is April 30, 2022. Apply at: https://go.osu.edu/gts-2022 


The East Asian Studies Center also has free professional development programs open to all educators, all offered online due to COVID-19. For more information on this year's seminar and other programs, please email Janet Smith (smith.12674@osu.edu), assistant director of outreach for the East Asian Studies Center at Ohio State. 

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Google Map of IFLE Grantees

FY 2021 Google Map of IFLE Grantees

Explore our Google map of FY 2021 IFLE grantees to learn about the Title VI domestic projects being implemented on campuses across the United States and the Fulbright-Hays overseas projects being conducted around the world. These projects strengthen international education experiences and foreign language learning for students, participants, and dissertation researchers.


This map provides a user-friendly way for viewers to get a sense of the extensive reach of the Title VI and Fulbright-Hays grantee institutions featured, as well as the diversity of our grantee institutions.


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