The Language Flagship in the U.S. Department of Defense provides scholarship support for students in the Russian Flagship Program. Students in good standing who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States are eligible to apply for these merit-based scholarships, intended to help to defray the cost of participating in the following Russian Flagship Program activities:
- Russian Overseas Flagship capstone program in Almaty, Kazakhstan, administered by American Councils for International Education
- Summer Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, administered by American Councils
- Intensive summer Russian courses at UW-Madison or an approved program elsewhere
During the COVID-19 pandemic, scholarship funding may be available for virtual or in-person versions of the above programs.
Contracted ROTC cadets in good standing are eligible for scholarships that fully fund the above activities.
Language Flagship Scholarship Deadlines
ROTC: January 20
Non-ROTC: April 1
The scholarship opportunities below have been identified as successful sources of financial support for previous Russian Flagship students completing intensive summer Russian and overseas program requirements.
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International Academic Programs: Study Abroad Scholars
Study abroad is an integral part of a UW-Madison education and can be one of the highlights of a student’s college experience. The Office of International Academic Programs (IAP) hopes to make this possible for as many students as possible by offering Study Abroad Scholars awards, starting at $1,500 towards IAP short-term/summer programs, $3,000 towards IAP semester programs, and $4,000 towards IAP year-long programs. Russian Flagship students receive special consideration from IAP for this award. Students applying for RLASP (to fulfill the pre-capstone study abroad requirement) or for the Russian Overseas Flagship (ROF) capstone program should definitely consider applying for this award.
This scholarship is not currently available (due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
International Academic Programs: General Scholarship
The Office of International Academic Programs (IAP) offers a variety of scholarships to support study abroad. Russian Flagship students applying for RLASP (to fulfill the pre-capstone study abroad requirement) or for the Russian Overseas Flagship capstone program should definitely submit an application for an IAP General Scholarship.
Deadlines: October 1, 2021 or March 15, 2022
Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program, administered by the U.S. Department of State, is a fully funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens. CLS programs focus on the study of federally-identified critical foreign languages, including Russian. Students of Russian must be at the intermediate or advanced level of proficiency to be accepted to the program. The CLS program fulfills the Russian Flagship Program pre-capstone study abroad requirement.
Deadline: TBA (application opens in early October 2021)
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships are awarded for the summer or academic year in order to assist undergraduate students in completing intensive language study, in the U.S. or overseas, with an emphasis on area studies. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Academic year fellowships are granted for full-time study at U.S. or foreign institutions. Summer FLAS fellowships are intended to help students gain the equivalent of a year’s worth of college-level language study during the summer, in the U.S. or overseas. For Russian, students must be entering the third-year level or above in order to be eligible to apply for the FLAS. Interested Russian Flagship students apply for this scholarship in support of their participation in RLASP-St. Petersburg, RLASP-Moscow, or RLASP-Vladimir (to complete the pre-capstone study abroad requirement). Note: Students may not apply for FLAS fellowships in support of their participation in the Russian Overseas Flagship capstone program.
Deadline: February 2022
The Boren Scholarship, in amounts of up to $25,000, are available for undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Interested Russian Flagship students apply for this scholarship in support of their participation in the Russian Overseas Flagship (ROF) capstone program. Recipients of this scholarship commit to one year of government service in a U.S. federal government agency following graduation. Students planning to apply for the Boren Scholarship must meet with the UW-Madison Boren campus representative, Matthew Geisler, before applying. Boren Scholarship applications must be submitted by a campus deadline prior to the scholarship’s national deadline.
Deadline (Campus): December 3, 2021
Benjamin Gilman Scholarship
The Benjamin Gilman Scholarship is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of State and provides awards to Pell Grant-eligible undergraduates to study abroad on summer or academic year programs. Interested Russian Flagship students apply for this scholarship in support of their participation in RLASP (to complete the pre-capstone study abroad requirement) or the Russian Overseas Flagship (ROF) capstone program.
Deadlines: October 5, 2021 or March 1, 2022
Alice D. Mortenson Undergraduate Research Award
The Alice D. Mortenson Undergraduate Research Award is open to all UW-Madison undergraduates for research on a topic related to Russian history. Awards are given for a research project to be completed at UW-Madison, or for overseas language study, to be followed by the completion of an essay on Russian history or culture based on the use of Russian-language sources. Each year, up to three awards of $3,000 go to deserving students. Interested Russian Flagship students apply for this scholarship in support of their participation in RLASP (to complete the pre-capstone study abroad requirement) or the Russian Overseas Flagship (ROF) capstone program.