Funding

Funding Opportunities

Regarding foreign language education, funding opportunities for both teachers and students can often be limited. CULTR strives to assist those interested in foreign languages with the opportunity to continue moving forward. This area of the site will focus upon connecting individuals and groups to vital grant, award, and scholarship opportunities. Click below on the relevant tab for funding opportunities in that category.

Teachers │ Professional Development Opportunities

Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA)


The Chinese Language Teachers Association, USA, Inc. (CLTA) is a professional organization devoted exclusively to the study of Chinese language, culture and pedagogy. Awards open for competition to Chinese language teachers and researchers includes the Cengage Learning Award, CLTA Action Research Award, CLTA Peking University Press Publication Award, Cheng & Tsui Professional Development Award, Jiede Empirical Research Grant, and ChinaSprout Presentation Award


Eligibility: Varies by award. Please visit the website for details
Maximum Award: Varies by award. Please visit the website for details
Deadline: Varies by award. Please visit the website for details

J-LEAP Program 2016-18 by Japan Foundation Los Angeles


This program brings Native Japanese Language Assistant Teachers (ATs) to K-12 educational institutions in the U.S. for up to two years to strengthen Japanese language programs by providing an AT to team-teach with the Lead Teacher (LT) in their classes as well as create opportunities to nurture a new generation of qualified Japanese language teachers. The program started in 2011 and is jointly administrated by The Japan Foundation (JF) and The Laurasian Institution (TLI). Currently there are a total of 19 ATs in 11 different states nationwide.


Eligibility: U.S. K–12 schools offering Japanese language courses.
Maximum Award: Assistant teachers’ airfare, living stipend, housing stipend, vehicle purchase/insurance support, and health insurance coverage will be provided. In addition, the host school will receive funds for purchasing educational materials. All stipend support and funds will be provided according to the Japan Foundation regulations.
Deadline: Ended on Jan. 19, 2016. Please visit the website for upcoming deadlines.

Students │ Study and Travel Opportunities

American Youth Leadership Program


The American Youth Leadership Program offers opportunities for American high school students and educators to travel abroad on a three- to four-week-long exchange program to gain firsthand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues. Academic and experiential educational exchange programs focus on dialogue and debate, leadership development, and community service.


Eligibility: Open to students between the ages of 15 and 17. Additional eligibility requirements vary by host country.
Maximum Award: Full cost of program.
Deadline: Application deadlines vary by program.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship


Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.


Eligibility: The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Maximum Award: Up to $5,000 to study or intern abroad
Deadline: March 1, 2016

Boren Scholarship for Students Boren Fellowship for Students


Initiatives of the National Security Education Program, these awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Those selected to either opportunity represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.


Eligibility: Please visit either website to read through the eligibility criteria. Must be a U.S. citizen and either matriculated in or applying to an undergraduate or graduate-degree program at a U.S. college or university located within the U.S. and accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Boren Fellows must remain matriculated in their graduate programs for the duration of the fellowships and may not graduate until the fellowships are complete.
Maximum Award: Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for a full academic year. Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study.
Deadline: Boren Scholarship national application deadline is February 9, 2016. Boren Fellowship national application deadline ended on Jan. 28, 2016. Please visit the website for upcoming deadlines.

Critical Language Scholarship


A program of the U.S. Department of State, the CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Please visit the CLS Institutes page for more information.


Eligibility: The CLS Program is a nationally competed award open to all eligible U.S. undergraduate and graduate students in every field (see additional eligibility requirements on the website).
Maximum Award: A fully-funded eight- to ten-week overseas language/cultural immersion program and a year’s worth of academic credit issued through Bryn Mawr College.
Deadline: November 30, 2016

Fulbright U.S. Student Program


Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the specific country summary for details.


Eligibility: U.S citizen; graduating seniors and recent bachelor’s-degree recipients that have some undergraduate preparation and/or direct work or internship experience related to the project; graduate-level candidates must demonstrate the capacity for independent study or research; sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country; competitive candidates who have up to 5 years of professional study and/or experience in the field in which they are applying will be considered; no recent extensive experience abroad (excluding recent undergraduate study abroad), especially in the country of application.
Maximum Award: round-trip transportation to the host country; funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs, based on the cost of living in the host country; Accident & Sickness Health Benefits. In some countries, grants may also include other benefits.
Deadline: Varies. Please visit the competition timeline.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)


The NSLI-Y program provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent graduates to learn less commonly taught languages. Participants will spend a summer or academic year studying a language while immersed in the culture and day-to-day life of the host country. A network of support through experienced international exchange organizations, field staff, trained volunteers, and carefully selected host families helps ensure a successful exchange experience.


Eligibility: U.S citizen; 2.5 GPA on 4.0 scale; 15-18 years of age at start of program; Enrolled in high school at time of application; Have not previously traveled outside the U.S. long-term; Not an immediate family member of an employee of the U.S. Department of State. Please visit website for more eligibility requirements.
Maximum Award: Fully-covered short-term (6-8 week) summer and long-term (8-10 month) academic year programs in target languages across the globe.
Deadline: The application deadline for 2016-17 has passed. Interested applicants, parents, and educators can register to receive updates about NSLI-Y by submitting a name and email address into the “Receive NSLI-Y Updates!” section on the left hand panel of this page.

School for International Training Awards


Every year, School for International Training (SIT) awards nearly $1.3 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students.. More than 80% of students who complete the scholarship application process receive an SIT scholarship or grant. It is SIT’s goal to make study abroad opportunities affordable for a diverse group of students from colleges and universities across the U.S. Financial need is a primary consideration in the awarding process.


Eligibility: SIT scholarships are available only for students applying to an SIT Study Abroad program. See a list of all the SIT programs by clicking here. SIT scholarships and grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. SIT scholarships and grants are available for all terms of study: semester, summer, and academic year. SIT’s Financial Assessment form must be submitted to your home institution’s financial aid office before your SIT program’s admissions deadline.
Maximum Award: Individual awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.
Deadline: April 1 for summer programs, May 15 for fall programs, and November 1 for spring programs

Research and Development Funding Opportunities

Big Read National Endowment for the Arts


The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement.Approximately 75 organizations in communities of varying sizes across the country will be selected to participate in NEA Big Read from September 2016 through June 2017.


Eligibility: Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; a division of the state, local, or tribal government; or a tax-exempt public library. Eligible applicants include such organizations as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations. Must partner with a library (if the applicant organization itself is not a library). Must select one of the available reading choices (see website for list).
Maximum Award: A grant ranging from $5,000 to $20,000
Deadline: Ended on Jan. 27, 2016. Please visit the website for upcoming deadlines.

NEH Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges Grant


NEH Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges are intended to strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities in subjects such as history, philosophy, and literature. These grants may be used to enhance existing humanities programs, resources, or courses, or to develop new ones. The grant period may run between twelve and thirty-six months, depending on the project, but it must begin between April 1, 2016, and September 1, 2016, to accommodate travel to the project directors’ meeting.


Eligibility: This program accepts applications from community colleges and post-secondary two-year institutions. Any U.S. nonprofit tax-exempt two-year college is eligible to apply. Individuals are not eligible to apply. Collaboration with other organizations is welcome, but the project director must be from an eligible institution. NEH generally does not award grants to other federal entities or to applicants whose projects are so closely intertwined with a federal entity.
Maximum Award: Grants up to $100,000
Deadline: September 7, 2016 for Projects Beginning April 2017