An important lesson for those learning a new language courtesy of Maria Papapietro...
Here is some information about generous funding for language training:
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is now accepting applications for its 2012-2013 Title VIII Grants for Research and Advanced Language Training programs in Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Southeast Europe, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for these awards.
The application deadline for all Title VIII fellowships is October 1, 2011.
Please note that Title VIII Research Scholar Program and Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program must begin between June 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013; and must be completed by September 30, 2013. Title VIII Southeast European Language Training Program offers fellowships for Spring 2012 and Summer 2012 only.
Fellowships will be offered in three categories:
*Title VIII Research Scholar Program: Provides full support for three- to nine-month research trips to Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Southeast Europe, Ukraine, and Moldova. Fellowships include round trip international travel, housing and living stipend, visa support, medical insurance, archive access, and logistical support in the field. Open to U.S.graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty. Annual deadline: October 1st.
*Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program: Provides full support for research and up to ten academic hours per week of advanced language instruction for three-to-nine months in Russia, Central Asia, theSouth Caucasus, Southeast Europe, Ukraine, and Moldova. Fellowships includeround trip international travel, housing and living stipend, tuition, visa support, medical insurance, archive access, and logistical support in the
field. Open to U.S. graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty. Annual deadline: October 1st.
*Title VIII Southeast European Language Training Program: Provides fellowships for graduate students, faculty, and scholars to study language
for spring 2012 and/or summer 2012 in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina,Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia. Open to students at the MA and Ph.D. level, as well as post-doctoral scholars and faculty, who have at least elementary language skills. Deadline: October 1st.
For a full list of countries eligible for each fellowship, please see our website: http://researchfellowships.americancouncils.org/
Funding for these programs is available through American Councils from the U.S. Department of State’s Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII). All competitions for funding are open and merit based. All applications will
receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, or disability.
Applications are available for download at: http://researchfellowships.americancouncils.org/ or by contacting the American Councils Outbound Office. Applications must be postmarked by the application deadline date.
For more information, please contact:
Russian and Eurasian Outbound Programs
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1828 L St. NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 833-7522
Language can come home again. This is the tremendous lesson that I witnessed in the remarkable documentary, "We Still Live Here - Âs Nutayuneânby," by Director/Producer Anne Makepeace.
Students are always seeking funding for language study. The beauty of the African Languages Initiative pilot program, designed to increase the number of Boren Scholars, Fellows and alumni engaged in the study of critical languages of Africa, is that it requires domestic US study of the language prior to departure to the host country. (This can be bypassed if the student has reached "novice high" -ILR 0+.)