Having problems viewing this e-mail? Click here for the web version of CGS E-Weekly. 

Winter 2016

Jan 25 - 31 Issue 

E-Weekly Archive

Contact Us

                                                 In This Issue:

Upcoming Events

Opportunities for Students and Faculty

K-12 Teacher Opportunities and Resources

  Upcoming Events

January 27
North of the Northern Lights: "Cook and Peary: The Race to the North Pole"
4:00 pm
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Sponsors: European Union Center (UIUC) 

Februry 2
The Pradhanica: Dance And World Drum Ensemble Concert
7:30 pm
Smith Recital Hall
805 South Mathews Avenue Urbana, IL 61801
Sponsor: The Center for World Music

February 3
Celebrating Latin Amerian Carnivals!

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Douglass Branch Library, 504 E. Grove St., Champaign IL
Sponsor: Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

February 7
Shamisen Performance By Sato Michiyoshi
1:30 pm

Japan House
2000 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana
Sponsor: The Center for World Music

February 10
Alash-Tuvan Throat Singing Ensemble
8:00 pm
Smith Memorial Hall
805 South Mathews Avenue Urbana, IL 61801

Sponsor: The Center for World Music

Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL

Sponsor: The Center for Global Studies


 Opportunities for Students and Faculty

FLAS Fellowships

FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies.

Academic Year FLAS
* Graduate students: may receive full tuition and fee waiver and a stipend of $15,000 payable over the academic year.
* Undergraduate students: may receive $10,000 towards tuition and fees to study at the University of Illinois and a stipend of $5,000. 

Summer FLAS
* Graduate and undergraduate students: The awards carry a stipend of $2,500 plus tuition and fees of $5,000 to study a language.

Application Deadline: Friday, February 5

More Information available at the Illinois FLAS Website

East Asian Languages and Area Studies Fellowship

The Center For East Asian and Pacific Studies is sponsoring one fellowship that will include a tuition and fee waiver plus a stipend of up to $10,000 for an eligible graduate student at the University of Illinois.

Fellowship Selection Criteria

  • Academic achievement.

  • Current enrollment in the intermediate level in the language you propose to study during the fellowship term.

  • Demonstrated commitment and intent to use the language and area studies knowledge in future studies and/or professional career.

  • Three letters of reference

Application Deadline: February 15, 2016

Summer Institute for Langauges of the Muslim World (SILMW)

The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World is an intensive language institute that takes place over the summer (June 13 - August 6, 2016) on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. This summer, we will be offering UzbekArabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish,  and Wolof. We invite students to join the 9% of Americans who choose the unique and meaningful experience of learning a Less Commonly Taught Language. We believe that learning these languages will allow students to gain new global perspectives, and set them apart as highly qualified individuals for international work and engagement. Many of these languages have been designated by the US government as critical to U.S. National Security, and can assist students in securing international positions in governmental, development and academic sectors.

Join us, and over the short span of 8 weeks, you can earn up to 10 credits and go from never having heard of a language to holding a conversation in it.

Program Registration Deadline: April 30, 2016

For more information, please go to http://silmw.linguistics.illinois.edu

Archeology Field School in Belize, Central America

Students interested in learning about Archeology are invited to the summer course Anthropology 454/455!  

The six-week UIUC field school provides students with hands on experience in the techniques of archaeological survey and excavation in the context of a large research project in central Belize. The course will consist of field and lab work and weekly lectures while in Belize. The project will focus on excavating Maya houses near Yalbac. Non-Anthropology students are welcome.  

Application deadline: March 1, 2016

Questions? Contact Dr. Lucero: jlucero@illinois.edu

Rotary Peace Fellowship

The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the fully-funded Rotary Peace Fellowship. The fellowship provides academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership roles in solving today’s global challenges.

Up to 100 fellows are selected globally every year to earn either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Japan, the United States, Sweden and Thailand.

To learn more about the program, applicants are encouraged to visit the Rotary Peace Center's website.

Application deadline: May 31 2016

Tinker Pre-Dissertation Fellowships For Graduate Students In Latin America

Are you interested in exploring a research project in Latin America during the summer  of 2016?

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies offers summer fellowships for graduate students (from any nationality) in any discipline who haven’t pass their prelims or qualifying exams yet.

Information Meeting: Friday January 29 at 12pm in Room 200 International Studies Building

Information and requirements about the fellowship: http://www.clacs.illinois.edu/academics/fellowships/tinker.aspx

Deadline: Monday, February 29, 2015

Critical Language Scholarship - Intensive Summer Language Study

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), from the U.S. Department of State, is a fully-funded, intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students.  The CLS institutes cover one academic year of university-level language coursework in 8 to 10 weeks over the summer, and include cultural programming, local language partners, and excursions.  Participants receive academic credit at their U.S. institutions.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age and enrolled in a degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level. 

Languages Offered

No previous study required: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu

1 year of study required: Arabic, Persian

2 years of study required: Chinese, Japanese, Russian

For more information, please visit: http://www.clscholarship.org

Beinecke Scholarship

If you are a high-achieving junior and are planning to attend graduate school after graduation, but have concerns about being able to afford it, consider applying for the Beinecke Scholarship. The Beinecke Foundation is looking for students who have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, and personal promise during their undergraduate years. The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated U.S. citizen juniors to pursue graduate studies in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. Preference is given to candidates for whom the awarding of significant financial aid would increase the likelihood of the student's being able to attend graduate school.

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship - Studying a less-commonly-taught language? Seeking linguistic and cultural immersion? Boren Undergraduate Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for freshman through seniors to study language and culture in non-Western regions critical to US interests. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. 

Campus deadline is January 19, 2016

For more information on Boren Awards preferred languages and countries visit the website. For more information on the scholarship click here.

Benjamin A. Gilman Undergraduate International Scholarship Program - The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

Further information can be found on thier website.

 K-12 Teacher Opportunities and Resources

Free Choices workshops provided by the Center For Global Studies 

The Center for Global Studies is excited to announce our new partnership with the Choices Program, a non-profit organization based at Brown University. The Choices Program develops curricula on current and historical issues and offers professional development for educators.

Choices materials incorporate the latest scholarship from Brown University and beyond to draw connections between historical events and contemporary international issues. In each unit, a central activity challenges students to consider multiple viewpoints on a contested issue. Students examine the historical, cultural, and political background of the issue to prepare a coherent presentation. Follow-up discussion demands analysis, and evaluation of conflicting values, interests, and priorities. Ultimately, students are expected to formulate persuasive arguments and express their own views

If you are interested in scheduling a Choices Program Professional Development for your department or district, please contact the CGS Outreach Coordinator, Jeremie Smith (smith193@illinois.edu).  We will provide these workshops for free and will even come out to your school at a time convenient for you.

CGS is sponsoring three Pre-College programs that will take place during the Summer of 2016.

Sustainable Futures – June 5-10
Global Health – June 12-17
Intensive Arabic Language Program – June 12-June 25

Each of these programs provides students an opportunity to have an immersive learning experience on the University of Illinois campus prior to graduating from high school.  These courses are taught by University of Illinois Faculty and all students will receive transferable UIUC credit upon successful completion of their program.

These programs are designed to give students a short sampling of the experience of being a University student.  In addition to rigorous academic content, students will participate in field trips that will reveal real-world connections to concepts explored in the classroom. Students will also spend their time on campus living in a University of Illinois Residence Hall, making use of campus facilities, and meeting with advisors from the academic departments that interest them.

Application Deadline: April 29, 2016

The Dar Al Islam program, held in rural Abiquiu, New Mexico, July 10-23, is a reputable and fully-funded program for secondary school teachers from public, private and parochial institutions of North America. The workshop provides and discusses available resources and tools to help the participants in teaching about Islam more effectively.  Instructors consist of scholars with strong academic and traditional credentials, as well as experience in interacting with diverse groups of educators in North America.

Preference is given to those who apply before Mar. 1.

For more information and an application, go to: http://daralislam.org/programs/education/teachers-institutes.aspx 

Keizai Koho Center (KKC), in cooperation with the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS), will offer "KKC Study Tour to Japan 2016" for U.S. and Canadian social studies teachers.

KKC provides round trip air transportation from participants' home city to Japan, as well as accommodations, ground transportation and meals associated with the ten day program.                           

Eligibility: To be eligible, applicants must:               

  • Have skills and experience in developing curriculum and a strong interest in Japan,
  • Have never lived in Japan nor visited Japan on a similar study tour,
  • Be middle or high school classroom teachers of Economics, Social Studies, Geography or History (grades 6-12) OR supervisors, specialists, and school administrators at the district and state levels who also teach lessons in classrooms.
Application Deadline: February 15, 2016

Global Competence Certificate for K-12 Teachers

The Global Competence Certificate is accepting applications for the January 2016 cohort through December 13, 2015. The 15-month, online, graduate-level certificate program in global competence education was created by Teachers College, Columbia University, World Savvy, and Asia Society to increase the number of K-12 teachers who are highly effective in teaching global competencies. Interested teachers can learn more about the Online Academic Coursework, Global Fieldwork  and Capstone Project/Collaborative Practice Groups by visiting the GCC website or registering for an upcoming Information Session.

2016 NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop

This is an annual week-long, intensive summer workshop for high school English and world literature teachers who are interested in incorporating Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literature into their curriculum.

Following the workshop, each participant develops a complete lesson plan for at least one of the pieces covered in the workshop. Those who turn in their lesson plan by the deadline are eligible to receive a $300 book-buying grant.

The workshop is generously funded by the Freeman Foundation. It is part of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA)program, a national provider for professional development on East Asia to K-12 teachers.

Application Deadline: March 7, 2016

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s “Museum Teacher Fellowship"

The Museum Teacher Fellowship Program seeks to train leaders in the field of Holocaust education. The fellows are a national corps of skilled educators who assist the Museum’s efforts to promote quality Holocaust education that is rooted in accurate history and responsible pedagogy.

The Museum’s teacher training programs ensure that learning how and why the Holocaust happened is an important component of education in America and strengthens students' critical thinking about their roles in society.

Application Due: February 1, 2016

Discover Campfire: A Virtual Exchange Program by Global Nomads Group

Campfire, a program of Global Nomads Group, is a global citizenship program that pairs classrooms with international partners to meet on a weekly basis through an online collaboration platform. In this program, students will engage in intercultural dialogue, explore media bias, and build essential leadership skills to take positive action in their local and global communities.

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program

This is a full year program for high school students born between Mar. 2, 1998 and Sept. 9, 2001. It’s sponsored by the U.S. State Department, so it will open the doors to future opportunities (scholarships, job possibilities, etc.). YES offers merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey. This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations. Students live with host families, attend local high schools, do community service, and complete a capstone project.

  Contact Us
If you would like to announce an
event through the CGS E-Weekly,
please send the information by no later than the prior Thursday of the event to: 

Jeremie Smith | Phone: (217) 244-9352 |


The Center for Global Studies (CGS) is a
National Resource Center, funded through a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant