Illinois Global Institute (IGI) Graduate Language Fellowship 2023-2024 ($20,000 stipend)

Deadline: January 25, 2023

The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) and the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Programme (WGGP) are pleased to announce a call for applications for the Illinois Global Institute (IGI) Language Fellowship 2023-2024.

This fellowship provides support for critical language training necessary to fields of academic and professional development for UIUC graduate students. The fellowship offers academic year support (AY 2023-2024) to graduate students at the MA or PhD level. As cultural and language training go hand in hand, fellows will be required to take one language course and one relevant area studies course each semester that they hold a fellowship. Additional requirements may be listed in awards letters. Academic advisors at each center will assist fellows in selecting the appropriate language and area studies courses.


  • Successful applicants will receive a $20,000 stipend and a waiver of tuition and some fees.


  • This fellowship supports study of eligible languages at all levels, from elementary to advanced. Preference will be given to applicants studying at the intermediate to advanced level.
  • Applicants must be degree-seeking students in good academic standing enrolled in graduate programmes at the University of Illinois.
  • Incoming graduate students are eligible to receive a fellowship if they are accepted for enrollment and matriculate for the 2023-2024 academic year or are already enrolled full-time at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Eligible Languages by Center

Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies

Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Programme

  • Arabic
  • Hindi
  • Persian
  • Portuguese
  • Quechua
  • Swahili
  • Wolof


All applicants must submit to the relevant center the following:

  • A cover page;
  • A two-page and double-spaced personal statement explaining your rationale for studying a particular language, experience with the language (if any) and/or any other foreign languages, how the proposed language study fits in with your field of study and relates to the specific area studies you are apply to, as well as how the study of the language will advance your academic/professional goals;
  • Unofficial transcripts;
  • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from your current advisor)

Applications are due by Friday, January 25, 2023. All materials, with the exceptions of letters of reference, should be bundled into a single PDF and uploaded here.

Files should be named using the following convention LastName_Language_Center_AY2324 (i.e. Kaiser_Hindi_WGGP_AY2324). Recommenders should also upload their letters at the same website.

For more information, visit IGI Graduate Language Fellowship.

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