Please find some funding opportunities listed below. We will continuously update this page as we find more opportunities.

APTLI students may be eligible to apply for Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for summer language study, see for details and contact the Coordinator of the specific Area Studies Center that offers your language. Note that many centers require a specific regional focus. Students are also encouraged to apply for scholarships at their home institution, or inquire about applying their financial aid package toward summer language studies.

The Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI) Tuition Scholarship applications are now OPEN!

For more details and application information, please visit the WISLI Tuition Scholarship website.

Deadline to apply: March 15, 2021


The WISLI Tuition Scholarship covers the tuition and segregated fees for summer language study at one of the WISLI summer language institutes.  Note: the WISLI Tuition Scholarship does not cover other expenses, including the one-time $65 document fee or housing.


All applicants to a WISLI summer language institute are eligible to apply for a WISLI Tuition Scholarship, including:

  • Domestic and international students
  • Students in degree programs at UW-Madison and students from other institutions of higher learning, such as community colleges
  • Adult lifelong learners and non-degree seeking students


Priority will be given to applicants who are otherwise not eligible for other funding opportunities available through the summer language institutes.  Preference will be given to language learners at beginning levels, but students at intermediate and advanced levels are also encouraged to apply.

Because of limited funds available, not all qualified applicants can be awarded WISLI Tuition Scholarships.

See the WISLI funding page for additional resources and suggestions for identifying other funding sources for language study.

The Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (TURFLI) is a special initiative of the Boren Awards for International Study offering awardees the opportunity for intensive language study of Turkish and for cultural immersion by participating in domestic and overseas language programs. Participants in TURFLI may start with no language proficiency through advanced proficiency in Turkish. The TURFLI program is administered through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Deadline to apply for Boren Fellowship: January 27, 2021

Deadline to apply to Boren Scholarship: February 3, 2021

We would like to provide students with the tools they need to succeed. Below is a list of relevant databases that students can search on an individual basis in order to find funding opportunities that would best fit their situation. 

  • COS Pivot: Offers several databases for approximately 25,000 private and federal funding sources. Grants in the non-science areas are included. (Note: You must set up a personal login account using your email – free to UW-Madison clientele – through the COS Workbench feature for some of the COS Pivot services, however, a login is not necessary to use the database.)

Funding resources for students of different educational standing:

Please note: these resources are meant to give you a hand in starting your search for funding, either as it relates to funding participation in APTLI or another portion of your academic career. We cannot offer individual assistance in finding funding, but we hope that these links can help in the pursuit of educational funding.