American Association of Teachers of Arabic

Grants and Scholarships

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  • 19 Apr 2018 12:30 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    Each year, Industry Arabic awards a scholarship supporting Arabic study abroad.  Information regarding applications can be found here:

    The deadline for applications is May 31 of each year and winners are announced on June 30.

  • 23 Oct 2013 11:50 AM | Daniel Renteria (Administrator)

    Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

    The applications for the 2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

    Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, French, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.

    Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

    National Application Deadlines

    • Boren Fellowship: January 28, 2014
    • Boren Scholarship: February 5, 2014*

    *Many institutions have an earlier on-campus deadline. Visit our website for information about your campus deadline and Boren campus representative.

    For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.

    The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.

  • 22 Dec 2011 2:17 PM | Daniel Renteria (Administrator)

    The best 8 accepted students who complete the accompanying Ezz Eldin Scholarship Application form pass the interview and agree to the conditions of the Scholarship will receive a $1600 grant toward the program price. But they have to work 5 hours 4 days a week in one job of the following at American Academy premises: 

    (Instructor of English – students' customer service representative or program coordinator –office assistant) 

    All other accepted students who complete the accompanying Ezz Eldin Scholarship Application form pass the interview and agree to the conditions of the Scholarship will receive a $800 grant toward the program price. This half scholarship could offer up to other 8 students. 

    Curriculum for beginner or intermediate Arabic Students: 

    The program is also designed to create an awareness of, and facility in, Egypian Colloquial Dialect, as well as an understanding for Egypt, its culture, history, people, natural beauty and traditions Pedagogy will be project-, group-, and presentation-oriented.  


    This is a non-credit course. However, some universities may have awarded credit to participants upon successful completion of the program. Supporting documentation available after the program upon request.  

    Student Recruitment and Selection: 

    The program is limited to 16 students. Undergraduates or graduate students who have completed at least have completed at least one subject of formal Arabic training at colleges and universities are eligible to apply. Successful candidates will have a strong interest in current events and have demonstrated by their essay that they are serious students of the language. 

    Election Process 

    Award recipients will be selected on the basis of merit with consideration for: 

    Academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting;  

    The ability of teaching English as a second language.  

    The ability of working on one of these jobs  

    (Instructor of English – students' customer service representative or program coordinator –office assistant)  

    • Ability to adapt to a different cultural environment; 
    • Ability to respect other race, religion , color , habits and traditions. 
    • The ability to follow all the hosting country instructions and legal issues. 
    • Diversity; 
    • Plan for continuation of study of the language 
    • Plan to use the language in future career. 

    To Apply 

    The following materials including the Application Form (below) are required for consideration: 
    • A one-page Statement of Purpose (in English) outlining your goals for the program and what role Arabic plays in your Future plans 
    • A two-paragraph about what do you know about Egypt. 
    • One unofficial copy of your transcript (of the college or university you are now attending or most recently attended) 
    Please return your application electronically to:  

    All documents (including the application form, writing sample, essay and transcript) should be scanned and submitted in one file clearly labeled: Ezz Eldin 2012 [Your Name].pdf 

    Your language evaluator will send the evaluation form directly to this same address, according to the instructions below. 

    Questions, please contact: 

    Good luck, and we hope to see you this summer in Egypt!! 

  • 20 Jan 2011 11:01 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)
    Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
    Summer & Fall 2011 Applications Open

    In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Gilman Scholarship Program, we are proud to announce the expansion of our summer awards to include all academic majors. We anticipate this will be our most competitive cycle ever so please encourage your students to seek your guidance and utilize all available Gilman resources. For more information about the Gilman Scholarship please visit the Gilman website at

    Summer & Fall 2011 online applications are due March 1, 2011.

    For students applying for any academic term (Academic Year, Fall, Spring or Summer) please find the eligibility requirements below:
    • Enrolled as an undergraduate student at a two or four-year U.S Institution
    • United States citizen
    • Receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of study abroad
    • Participating in a study abroad program that is no less than 4 weeks in one country and no more than an academic year
    • Receiving academic credit
    • Study in any country not currently under a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Cuba
    For more information, please contact the appropriate person below:

    Jane Thiele
    713.621.6300 ext. 16

    Applicants (last name A-L):
    Aileen O'Donnell
    713.621.6300 ext. 25

    Applicants (last name M-Z):
    Olga Tunga
    713.621.6300 ext. 24

  • 20 Sep 2010 1:18 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)
    Aldeen Foundation: Scholarships to enhance Arabic teaching

    Aldeen Foundation, a non-profit organization in Pasadena, California, is pleased to announce offering three (3) separate one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) scholarships to enhance Arabic teaching.

    The scholarships are available to enable teachers to attend and improve their competency and skills in language teaching and to expand their knowledge of language methodologies and techniques through participating in annual conferences. Each scholarship recipient is only eligible for one scholarship per year to attend one of the following national conferences:

    NECTFL – March 25 – 27, 2010 ISNA Educators Conference – April 2 – 4, 2010 ACTFL – November 19 – 21, 2010

    Scholarships for other conferences may be considered, based on the relevance of teaching Arabic as a foreign language.

    This scholarship is limited to United States residents only.

    The scholarship provides financial support to offset the travel, registration expenses, and membership fees. The scholarship will be paid as reimbursement for expense upon submitting all original receipts, not to exceed $1,000.00, to Aldeen Foundation no later than 15 days from the end of the conference attended.

    Each scholarship recipient will be responsible for their own travel arrangements and registration.

    The participant must submit a half page summary of one of the sessions attended no later than 15 days from the end of the conference. This material will be added to Aldeen Foundation website under the name of the attendee.

    For more information, please contact Aldeen Foundation at

  • 20 Sep 2010 1:18 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)
    National Foreign Language Center: STARTALK

    The National Foreign Language Center solicits proposals from eligible schools, post-secondary institutions, or community-based organizations to participate in the STARTALK project. STARTALK is part of a federal initiative to enhance the national capacity for critical need languages. The goal of the STARTALK program is to increase the number and expertise of students and teachers in critical languages. For more information on STARTALK please visit:

    In 2010, the STARTALK project will provide funding for programs that occur primarily in the summer in the following categories:

    Programs that offer professional development opportunities for current or prospective teachers of offer Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and/or Urdu. Teacher programs are strongly encouraged to provide a student component to allow classroom observation and/or teaching practicum or micro-teaching.

    Programs that offer Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and/or Urdu language study for students within the K-16 range. Please note that student programs will NOT be funded for Dari or Russian in 2010 except in conjunction with teacher development programs.

    STARTALK funding for 2010 programs is currently at the same level as for 2009, with a mandate to add teacher programs in two additional languages and to reach an additional seven states. We therefore expect greater competition for funding this year. Awards per program will be capped at $100,000. The electronic application form will NOT accept budgets with totals above $100,000. Please note that budgets should include the cost of sending at least two representatives to mandatory pre- and post-program meetings, planned for the Atlanta, GA area.

    STARTALK funds cannot be used to fund study abroad programs; all instruction must occur in the United States (with the potential for U.S. territorial or tribal participation).

    If funded, programs will be expected to adhere to STARTALK “best practice” principles in implementing the program. Specifically, programs will be required to:

    have all instructors and curriculum planners complete the Online Curriculum Design Guidelines tutorial:

    submit for approval curriculum plans for each level of language instruction in student programs and for teacher training programs

    attend the April 2010 Pre-program Network Meeting and October 2010 Post-program Summative Meeting.

    Research is an important part of the STARTALK Program. If funded, programs will be required to:

    a.       participate in STARTALK Central pre- and post-program online surveys for student and teacher participants;

    b.      participate in LinguaFolio Online for student programs, middle school and higher;

    c.       respond promptly to all requests for reports, data, and program information.

    STARTALK Central will provide consultation and advice for programs selected for funding. Guidance will also be provided in the preparation of documents that will be required prior to program implementation, such as detailed curricula, lesson plans, and descriptions of expected participant outcomes.

    The 2010 STARTALK application is online and located at We strongly encourage all applicants to apply online. If you are unable to submit or complete an online application form, please contact us at All applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm, November 5, 2009.

     Information on the STARTALK proposal and selection criteria is attached, and is also available at If you have a question about the online application or the application process itself, please submit it in writing to, no later than Friday, October 16, 2009. Responses will be posted at Friday, October 23, 2009. Additionally, tech support for the STARTALK proposal process will be provided from October 8th to October 28th, weekdays, from 9am-5pm (Eastern time) and from 9am-9pm weekdays from October 29th to November 5th, (Eastern time). For assistance with any technological issues, please email: You may wish to include a phone number where you can be reached.

  • 20 Sep 2010 1:16 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)
    National Security Internship 2010

    The National Security Internship (NSI) is an intensive nine-week, full immersion summer program that combines Arabic language, Arab Film & Cultural Studies, National Security Seminars and an internship experience at U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or FBI Headquarters. Students will receive an all-expense paid summer in the nation's capital, including travel to Washington, D.C., up to 11 transferable GWU college credits, full room and board at The George Washington University and an exciting internship at DHS or FBI Headquarters.

    This program aims to develop the capacity of high-achieving undergraduate, graduate and recently graduated college students with critical skills, who also possess a higher degree of cultural competencies. It is not designed to develop a cadre of translators but rather to build a national security workforce of individuals and encourage them toward potential careers at DHS or FBI. NSI will be open to qualified applicants who meet the requirements to be granted a top-secret clearance and have an Arabic rating score of 1+ or higher. Program dates are June 7 through August 6, 2010. Applications are due by September 30, 2009.

    Visit the NSI Web site for more information and to apply:

    For questions or additional information, contact

  • 20 Sep 2010 1:16 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)
    Dalkey Archive Press: Fellowships in Applied Translation

    Dalkey Archive Press, at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), will be offering two to three Fellowships in Applied Translation beginning in the fall of 2009.

    The Fellowships are open to any student with at least a BA who wishes to gain practical experience and training in literary translation and publishing.

    For further details and application information, please see

  • 20 Sep 2010 1:15 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)
    US Department of State: NSLI for Youth

    American Councils and its fellow Consortium members are pleased to announce that the NSLI for Youth application is now available online at

    NSLI for Youth is a government-funded language initiative that provides scholarships to American high school students and recent graduates to study critical languages in overseas immersion programs. Applications are due February 2, 2009 for Summer 09, Academic Year 09-10, Fall Semester 09 and Spring Semester 10 programs. Should you have any questions, please contact American Councils at or 1-866-790-2086.

  • 20 Sep 2010 1:14 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)
    The Language Flagship: Promoting Diffusion of Innovation

    The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce the competition for new awards under the Flagship institutional grants program, "Promoting Diffusion of Innovation." The purpose of this program is to expand the effectiveness, scope, and scale of Language Flagship funding efforts to establish partnerships between the existing Flagship Centers and new institutions and organizations interested in Flagship focused instruction. Proposals are sought for projects that replicate the effective and innovative Flagship practices and diffuse those practices through instruction at their institutions and/or organizations. The deadline for submission of proposals to IIE is Thursday, December 19, 2008.

    Proposals must be submitted with the signature of a Flagship Center Director currently receiving funding from The Language Flagship. Partners may include academic institutions, public sector and non-profit sector agencies, school districts, businesses, or private sector organizations. The application should identify the role of each of the partners, which may consist of a group of Flagship Centers, institutions and/or organizations.

    We ask that you share this information with your membership and any other interested parties. This application booklet and additional information about The Language Flagship may be found at

    You can access the application directly at We strongly encourage all those submitting proposals to visit this website.

    Please direct questions about this new funding opportunity to Ed McDermott -

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