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Language Flagship Program (Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Persian)

Language Flagship Program

The Language Flagship is a national effort to change the way Americans learn languages. They offer language programs at schools across the United States for undergraduate students in critical languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Hindi Urdu, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, and Turkish. In an effort to build language proficiency for all U.S. students, they also support K–12 language programs and curriculum development to improve opportunities for U.S. students to pursue language education.

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

Sponsor: Association of Teachers of Japanese Program Number: 72365 E-mail: Program URL:Bridging Scholarships Page

The sponsor accepts applications from American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. The sponsor awards 100 scholarships annually to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or academic year.

National Science & Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant

The National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant, also known as the National Smart Grant is available during the third and fourth years of undergraduate study (or fifth year of a five-year program) to at least half-time students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant and who are majoring in physical, life, or computer sciences, mathematics, technology, engineering or a critical foreign language [i.e. ARABIC]. The student must also be enrolled in the courses necessary to complete the degree program and to fulfill the requirements of the intended eligible major in addition to maintaining a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in course work required for the major. The National SMART Grant award is in addition to the student's Pell Grant award.

How Much Can A Student Receive?

A National SMART Grant will provide up to $4,000 for each of the third and fourth years of undergraduate study. The amount of the SMART Grant, when combined with a Pell Grant, may not exceed the student's cost of attendance. In addition, if the number of eligible students is large enough that payment of the full grant amounts would exceed the program appropriation in any fiscal year, then the amount of the grant to each eligible student may be ratably reduced.

For more info: Contact your campus Financial Aid office and Federal Student Aid.

Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace

Sponsor: Middlebury College Program Number: 02505


Web Site: Middlebury Language School Program URL: Fellows for Peace

The sponsor offers Fellowships to cover the full cost of summer language study from beginner to graduate levels in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian.

Walter J. Jensen Fellowship for French Language, Literature, and Culture



The Walter J. Jensen Fellowship is awarded for at least six continuous months of study in France. The purpose of the award is to help educators and researchers improve education in standard French language, literature and culture and in the study of standard French in the United States. The fellowship, awarded annually, carries a stipend originally set in 1995 at $10,000, to be adjusted for inflation. The stipend for 2015 was $15,500. Phi Beta Kappa will also cover a single round-trip, economy-class ticket for the recipient to travel to France; some additional support may be available to those with dependent children.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens under the age of 40 who can demonstrate their career does or will involve active use of the French language. They must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year institution with a 3.0 minimum GPA in French language and literature as a major. They must demonstrate superior competence in French, according to the standards established by the American Association of Teachers of French. The recipient must report to Phi Beta Kappa every two months in both English and French. At the end of the fellowship, the Fellow must submit a summary report in English and French, which may be submitted (preferably in French) to a scholarly publication such as The French Review. Preference may be given to members of Phi Beta Kappa and educators at the secondary school level or higher.

Michelle Marriott Memorial Scholarship Award

Web Site: CSU IP Scholarships page

This scholarship was created in memory of Michelle Marriott who was an International Student in Aix-en-Provence, France in 1985-1986. Ms. Marriott became ill with cancer and passed away in January 2014. A qualified student will be selected each year from participants in Aix-en-Provence to receive $1,000.

Additional World Language Scholarships

Additional Scholarships specific to study of another language may be listed on the College Scholarships site.