Funding Opportunities for Study at WISLI

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Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

Visit or your home institute FLAS office regarding FLAS summer fellowships.

Application deadlines for FLAS for summer 2022 to be announced.

Boren Awards Regional Flagship Language Initiatives

Boren Awards Regional Flagship Language Initiatives offer undergraduate Boren Scholars and graduate Boren Fellows carefully-selected, credit-bearing language courses during the summer (domestic) and fall (overseas), with the option to continue overseas study into the spring.

In 2020, University of Wisconsin Madison was awarded the Indonesian Flagship Language Initiative (IFLI) for the study of Indonesian, the South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI) for the study of Hindi or Urdu, and the Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (TURFLI). These programs bring students to UW-Madison for a fully funded intensive language study at the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI). Students will then continue their studies overseas in India (SAFLI), Indonesia (IFLI), or Azerbaijan (TURFLI) during the fall semester.

Applications for summer 2022 will open in August.

  • Boren Fellowship deadline: January 26, 2022, 5 P.M. EST
  • Boren Scholarships: February 2, 2022, 5 P.M. EST

Beginner language students typically meet the ILR 1+/2 level of proficiency (Intermediate High to Advanced Low) by the end of their program.

Summer Language Institutes Funding Pages

Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Institute (APTLI)

Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI)

South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI)

Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)

Summer Intensive Portuguese Institute (SIPI)

UW-Madison Summer Term

Visit the UW-Madison Summer Term website for information on scholarship opportunities, including:

Third Party and Institutional Payments

If someone will be sponsoring you to attend a WISLI institute summer 2022 (i.e. paying your tuition), please review the following procedures:

In order to create a third party payment, the UW-Madison Bursar’s office needs a letter of authorization from the sponsoring organization. You will need to have your sponsor send the following information on department or university letterhead:

  • Your Name
  • Your University of Wisconsin-Madison Student ID number
  • The Duration of Sponsorship (For 2022 the dates are June 20 – August 12, 2021)
  • Amount to be invoiced
  • Your Sponsor’s Contact Name and Address
  • How payment will be made (Check or wire transfer)
  • *Special Invoice Instructions (Where and who the invoice must be addressed to)

The letter of authorization should be forwarded immediately to If the sponsor’s letter of authorization is received before the tuition and fee bill is generated, the amount of charges deferred to a third party sponsor is indicated on the bill.

*If possible, please have your sponsor copy your institution’s email when sending the letter

Once your sponsor has completed these steps, you can log on to your MyUW account (opens in new tab) and select the Financial tab to view your Tuition and Fee Student Account activity; you should be able to determine that your charges have been deferred to a third party sponsor for payment. Please allow a minimum of 5 business days for processing.

If the sponsor is not paying the entire tuition and fee cost, you must pay the remaining balance before the tuition due date in order to avoid a late payment fee.

PLEASE NOTE: If the sponsor’s authorization is not received prior to the tuition due date, you will be held responsible for payment of the late payment fee.

Once the authorization letter has been received a third party deferral is applied to the student’s account. The third party invoice will be issued by approximately mid-July for the Summer semester. The sponsor needs to notify the University in writing should a student be removed from sponsorship.

Other Resources for Funding

Below is a list of databases that students can search on an individual basis in order to find funding opportunities that would best fit their situation.

  • Pivot: Offers several databases for approximately 25,000 private and federal funding sources. Grants in the non-science areas are included. (Note: You must set up a personal login account using a email – free to UW-Madison clientele – through the COS Workbench feature for some of the COS Pivot services, however, a login is not necessary to use the database.)

The following Research Guides provide information on potential funding opportunities for

Students are also encouraged to check with their home departments and their campus financial aid office for help in identifying other funding opportunities.