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Scholarships

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 $2,500 towards IAP short-term/summer programs, $5,000 towards IAP semester programs, and $8,000 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.

Deadlines: March 4, 2024

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: September 2023 for the Spring 2024; March 2024 for Summer 2024, Fall 2024, and 2024-25 Academic Year.

IAP Early Bird Scholarship

IAP’s Early Bird Scholarship provides earlier notification of study and intern abroad awards for undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need.

This $1500 scholarship is intended to:

  • Provide assurance of some funding earlier in the study abroad process and encourage early financial planning.
  • Ease some of the financial barriers of study abroad.

This scholarship is open to students who:

  • are in the process of applying, or have already applied, to a UW-Madison 2024 summer, fall, or academic year study abroad program, domestic study away, or UW Signature Internship.
  • have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $12,000 or less (as determined by FAFSA).
  • are full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students at UW-Madison.
Deadline: November 30, 2023

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: November 14, 2023 (8:00pm EST)

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-Almaty, RLASP-Yerevan, and IRLCCB in Riga (to complete the pre-capstone study abroad requirement) and in the Russian Overseas Flagship capstone program in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Deadline: February 14, 2024

Boren Scholarship

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, Sara Lieburn, before applying. Boren Scholarship applications must be submitted by a campus deadline prior to the scholarship’s national deadline.

Deadline (Campus): December 1, 2023

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 or IRLCCB in Riga (to complete the pre-capstone study abroad requirement), or the Russian Overseas Flagship (ROF) capstone program. Students preparing to study on the ROF should also look into applying for the Gilman-McKeown Scholarship, which supplements the Gilman Scholarship and Pell Grant to make full-year study economically feasible for qualified students. The Gilman-McKeown Scholarship gives priority to students from/in Minnesota or Wisconsin, but applications are accepted from any state.

Deadlines: March 7, 2024 @11:59pm PT

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.

Deadline: Varies

UW–Madison Undergraduate Scholarship for Summer Study

Summer Term offers the Undergraduate Scholarship for Summer Study, a need-based award given to high-achieving undergraduate students seeking financial support to attend Summer Term at UW–Madison. Interested Russian Flagship students apply for this scholarship to support their participation in UW-Madison intensive summer Russian courses.

Deadline: April 7, 2024

Summer Housing Boost

Summer Term offers Summer Housing Boost, which can help students cover the cost of living in residence halls over the summer. Interested Russian Flagship students apply for this scholarship to support their participation in UW-Madison intensive summer Russian courses.

Deadline: Spring 2024