Regional Flagship Language Initiatives

Boren Awards applicants may either elect to propose their own programs for funding, or participate in one of the Regional Flagship Language Initiatives described below.

Note that these initiatives are distinct from The Language Flagship. Applicants will know if they are enrolled in The Language Flagship and should consult our specific guidance for funding their Capstone year abroad.

Components of Regional Flagship Language Initiatives

  • Open to undergraduate Boren Scholars and graduate Boren Fellows 
  • Immersive language programs during the summer (domestic) and fall (overseas) that award academic credit from U.S. universities
  • Supplemental spring funding for self-designed language study and research, or (in the Tanzania Swahili and Mozambique Portuguese program) structured internships
  • Coursework tailored to all levels, including beginners (except for French, which requires intermediate proficiency)
  • Rapid proficiency gains in languages highly sought-after in the federal workforce

Participation in the summer and fall programs is required for all Regional Flagship Language Initiative participants. Applicants who wish to combine language study with other pursuits, especially Boren Fellows seeking to conduct research, during that period are encouraged to identify/design their own programs. All languages* and countries featured in the Regional Flagship Language Initiatives are preferred options for self-designed programs.

Participation in the required summer and fall programs is sufficient to meet the Boren Awards preference for duration abroad. Spring programs are optional and will not affect chances of selection. Spring programs must include language study and have a maximum award amount at the 12-24 week threshold.

Applying for a Regional Flagship Language Initiative

Applications for the Regional Flagship Language Initiatives use the same form as all other Boren Awards applications. Applicants begin by selecting a country and language where an initiative is offered on the first page of the application. They will then be asked whether they want to participate in the applicable initiative in the Study Abroad Program section of the Boren Scholarships application, or the Program Information section of the Boren Fellowships application.

Guidelines for filling out the Budget section of the application differ slightly depending on the initiative -- see notes below for further guidance.

Contents

African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI)

French in Senegal

Portuguese in Mozambique

Swahili in Tanzania

Akan/Twi in Ghana

Wolof in Senegal

Zulu in South Africa

Indonesian Flagship Language Initiative (IFLI)

South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI)

Hindi in India

Urdu in India

New in 2020! Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (TURFLI)

African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI)

AFLI offers Boren Scholars and Fellows the opportunity for intensive language study through domestic and overseas language programs in French, Portuguese, Swahili, Akan/Twi, Wolof, or Zulu.

The domestic summer portion of all AFLI programs is hosted by the University of Florida in Gainesville. Applicants are encouraged to visit http://www.africa.ufl.edu/afli.html and to contact 352-392-2183 or afli@africa.ufl.edu for questions about the structure and curriculum of the summer program.

The overseas fall portion of the AFLI programs for French, Portuguese, and Swahili are administered by the American Councils for International Education. Applicants are encouraged to visit http://africanlanguages.americancouncils.org/ and to contact 202-833-7522 or afli@americancouncils.org if they have questions about the structure and curriculum of the spring programs for French, Portuguese, or Swahili.

AFLI - French in Senegal

Language: Instruction in French for intermediate and higher, plus basic Wolof (applicants seeking specialized study of Wolof should apply for that language instead). French is a preferred language for the Boren Awards only through AFLI. Proficiency of intermediate-high or greater is required for admission to the AFLI French program and will be verified through testing.

Domestic Program Location: University of Florida in Gainesville, FL

Domestic Program Start & End Dates: 6/3/2020 to 8/15/2020

Overseas Program Location: West African Research Center (WARC) in Dakar, Senegal

Overseas Program Start & End Dates: 8/16/2020 to 11/28/2020 (if not extending into spring) or end date of self-identified program

Budget Guidelines: Enter the following values in the Budget section of the application. The maximum award amount for an optional spring program extension is the 12-24 week threshold of $10,000 for Boren Scholars and $12,000 for Boren Fellows.

  • Tuition & Fees: $0 + cost of tuition and fees for optional spring
  • Room & Board: $0 + cost of room and board for optional spring
  • Airfare: $0 for all applicants (American Councils will purchase one roundtrip ticket for each grantee based on their overseas program end date)
  • Books: $0 + cost of books for optional spring
  • Local Transportation: $0 + cost of local transportation for optional spring
  • Health Insurance: $0 + cost of health insurance for optional spring
  • Research Expenses (Boren Fellows only): $0 + cost of research expenses for optional spring

Please note that certain costs are not covered by the Boren Awards: visa and passport fees; vaccinations; expenses related to dependents; and personal travel and entertainment expenses.

AFLI - Portuguese in Mozambique

Language: Instruction in Portuguese for all levels

Domestic Program Location: University of Florida in Gainesville, FL

Domestic Program Start & End Dates: 6/3/2020 to 8/15/2020

Overseas Program Location: Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique

Overseas Program Start & End Dates: 8/16/2020 to 11/28/2020 (if not extending into spring) or end date of self-identified program

Budget Guidelines: Enter the following values in the Budget section of the application. The maximum award amount for an optional spring program extension is the 12-24 week threshold of $10,000 for Boren Scholars and $12,000 for Boren Fellows.

  • Tuition & Fees: $0 + cost of tuition and fees for optional spring
  • Room & Board: $0 + cost of room and board for optional spring
  • Airfare: $0 for all applicants (American Councils will purchase one roundtrip ticket for each grantee based on their overseas program end date)
  • Books: $0 + cost of books for optional spring
  • Local Transportation: $0 + cost of local transportation for optional spring
  • Health Insurance: $0 + cost of health insurance for optional spring
  • Research Expenses (Boren Fellows only): $0 + cost of research expenses for optional spring

Please note that certain costs are not covered by the Boren Awards: visa and passport fees; vaccinations; expenses related to dependents; and personal travel and entertainment expenses.

AFLI - Swahili in Tanzania

Language: Instruction in Swahili for all levels

Domestic Program Location: University of Florida in Gainesville, FL

Domestic Program Start & End Dates: 6/3/2020 to 8/15/2020

Overseas Program Location: MS-TCDC near Arusha, Tanzania

Overseas Program Start & End Dates: 8/16/2020 to 11/28/2020 (if not extending into spring) or end date of self-identified program

Budget Guidelines: Enter the following values in the Budget section of the application. The maximum award amount for an optional spring program extension is the 12-24 week threshold of $10,000 for Boren Scholars and $12,000 for Boren Fellows.

  • Tuition & Fees: $0 + cost of tuition and fees for optional spring
  • Room & Board: $0 + cost of room and board for optional spring
  • Airfare: $0 for all applicants (American Councils will purchase one roundtrip ticket for each grantee based on their overseas program end date)
  • Books: $0 + cost of books for optional spring
  • Local Transportation: $0 + cost of local transportation for optional spring
  • Health Insurance: $0 + cost of health insurance for optional spring
  • Research Expenses (Boren Fellows only): $0 + cost of research expenses for optional spring

Please note that certain costs are not covered by the Boren Awards: visa and passport fees; vaccinations; expenses related to dependents; and personal travel and entertainment expenses.

AFLI - Akan/Twi in Ghana

Language: Instruction in Akan/Twi for all levels

Domestic Program Location: University of Florida in Gainesville, FL

Domestic Program Start & End Dates: 6/3/2020 to 8/15/2020

Overseas Program Location: Applicant must select a program for the study of Akan/Twi in Ghana according to the rules for self-designed programs

Overseas Program Start & End Dates: Actual overseas program start and end dates, which should begin in August 2020 and last at least 12 weeks

Budget Guidelines: Enter the following values in the Budget section of the application. The maximum award amount for the overseas program is based on the threshold for the duration abroad, which must be at least 12 weeks.

  • Tuition & Fees: actual cost of tuition and fees for entire overseas program
  • Room & Board: actual cost of room and board for entire overseas program
  • Airfare: actual cost of one Fly America Act-compliant roundtrip ticket to Ghana
  • Books: actual cost of books for entire overseas program
  • Local Transportation: actual cost of local transportation for entire overseas program
  • Health Insurance: actual cost of health insurance covering entire overseas program
  • Research Expenses (Boren Fellows only): actual cost of research expenses covering entire overseas program

Please note that certain costs are not covered by the Boren Awards: visa and passport fees; vaccinations; expenses related to dependents; and personal travel and entertainment expenses.

AFLI - Wolof in Senegal

Language: Instruction in Wolof for all levels (applicants wishing to study French in Senegal should not select Wolof as their primary language)

Domestic Program Location: University of Florida in Gainesville, FL

Domestic Program Start & End Dates: 6/3/2020 to 8/15/2020

Overseas Program Location: Applicant must select a program for the study of Wolof in Senegal according to the rules for self-designed programs

Overseas Program Start & End Dates: Actual overseas program start and end dates, which should begin in August 2020 and last at least 12 weeks

Budget Guidelines: Enter the following values in the Budget section of the application. The maximum award amount for the overseas program is based on the threshold for the duration abroad, which must be at least 12 weeks.

  • Tuition & Fees: actual cost of tuition and fees for entire overseas program
  • Room & Board: actual cost of room and board for entire overseas program
  • Airfare: actual cost of one Fly America Act-compliant roundtrip ticket to Senegal
  • Books: actual cost of books for entire overseas program
  • Local Transportation: actual cost of local transportation for entire overseas program
  • Health Insurance: actual cost of health insurance covering entire overseas program
  • Research Expenses (Boren Fellows only): actual cost of research expenses covering entire overseas program

Please note that certain costs are not covered by the Boren Awards: visa and passport fees; vaccinations; expenses related to dependents; and personal travel and entertainment expenses.

AFLI - Zulu in South Africa

Language: Instruction in Zulu for all levels (applicants wishing to study any other language of South Africa should not apply through AFLI)

Domestic Program Location: University of Florida in Gainesville, FL

Domestic Program Start & End Dates: 6/3/2020 to 8/15/2020

Overseas Program Location: Applicant must select a program for the study of Zulu in South Africa according to the rules for self-designed programs

Overseas Program Start & End Dates: Actual overseas program start and end dates, which should begin in August 2020 and last at least 12 weeks

Budget Guidelines: Enter the following values in the Budget section of the application. The maximum award amount for the overseas program is based on the threshold for the duration abroad, which must be at least 12 weeks.

  • Tuition & Fees: actual cost of tuition and fees for entire overseas program
  • Room & Board: actual cost of room and board for entire overseas program
  • Airfare: actual cost of one Fly America Act-compliant roundtrip ticket to South Africa
  • Books: actual cost of books for entire overseas program
  • Local Transportation: actual cost of local transportation for entire overseas program
  • Health Insurance: actual cost of health insurance covering entire overseas program
  • Research Expenses (Boren Fellows only): actual cost of research expenses covering entire overseas program

Please note that certain costs are not covered by the Boren Awards: visa and passport fees; vaccinations; expenses related to dependents; and personal travel and entertainment expenses.

Indonesian Flagship Language Initiative (IFLI)

IFLI offers Boren Scholars and Fellows the opportunity for intensive study of the Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesia) through a combination of domestic and overseas programs.

The domestic summer portion of IFLI will be hosted at a university in the United States -- further information will be posted here when the implementer has been officially selected.

The overseas fall portion of IFLI will be hosted in Indonesia -- further information will be posted here when the implementer has been officially selected.

Language: Instruction in Indonesian for all levels (applicants wishing to study any other language of Indonesia should not apply through IFLI)

Domestic Program Location: TBD in the United States

Domestic Program Start & End Dates: 6/3/2020 to 8/15/2020

Overseas Program Location: TBD in Indonesia

Overseas Program Start & End Dates: 8/16/2020 to 11/28/2020 (if not extending into spring) or end date of self-identified program

Budget Guidelines: Enter the following values in the Budget section of the application. The maximum award amount for an optional spring program extension is the 12-24 week threshold of $10,000 for Boren Scholars and $12,000 for Boren Fellows.

  • Tuition & Fees: $0 + cost of tuition and fees for optional spring
  • Room & Board: $0 + cost of room and board for optional spring
  • Airfare: $0 for all applicants (the provider will purchase one roundtrip ticket for each grantee based on their overseas program end date)
  • Books: $0 + cost of books for optional spring
  • Local Transportation: $0 + cost of local transportation for optional spring
  • Health Insurance: $0 + cost of health insurance for optional spring
  • Research Expenses (Boren Fellows only): $0 + cost of research expenses for optional spring

Please note that certain costs are not covered by the Boren Awards: visa and passport fees; vaccinations; expenses related to dependents; and personal travel and entertainment expenses.

South Asian Flagship Language Initiative (SAFLI)

SAFLI offers Boren Scholars and Fellows the opportunity for intensive study of either Hindi or Urdu through a combination of domestic and overseas programs.

The domestic summer portion of SAFLI will be hosted at a university in the United States -- further information will be posted here when the implementer has been officially selected.

The overseas fall portion of SAFLI will be hosted in India -- further information will be posted here when the implementer has been officially selected.

SAFLI - Hindi in India

Language: Instruction in Hindi for all levels

Domestic Program Location: TBD in the United States

Domestic Program Start & End Dates: 6/3/2020 to 8/15/2020

Overseas Program Location: TBD in India

Overseas Program Start & End Dates: 8/16/2020 to 11/28/2020 (if not extending into spring) or end date of self-identified program

Budget Guidelines: Enter the following values in the Budget section of the application. The maximum award amount for an optional spring program extension is the 12-24 week threshold of $10,000 for Boren Scholars and $12,000 for Boren Fellows.

  • Tuition & Fees: $0 + cost of tuition and fees for optional spring
  • Room & Board: $0 + cost of room and board for optional spring
  • Airfare: $0 for all applicants (the provider will purchase one roundtrip ticket for each grantee based on their overseas program end date)
  • Books: $0 + cost of books for optional spring
  • Local Transportation: $0 + cost of local transportation for optional spring
  • Health Insurance: $0 + cost of health insurance for optional spring
  • Research Expenses (Boren Fellows only): $0 + cost of research expenses for optional spring

Please note that certain costs are not covered by the Boren Awards: visa and passport fees; vaccinations; expenses related to dependents; and personal travel and entertainment expenses.

SAFLI - Urdu in India

Language: Instruction in Urdu for all levels

Domestic Program Location: TBD in the United States

Domestic Program Start & End Dates: 6/3/2020 to 8/15/2020

Overseas Program Location: TBD in India

Overseas Program Start & End Dates: 8/16/2020 to 11/28/2020 (if not extending into spring) or end date of self-identified program

Budget Guidelines: Enter the following values in the Budget section of the application. The maximum award amount for an optional spring program extension is the 12-24 week threshold of $10,000 for Boren Scholars and $12,000 for Boren Fellows.

  • Tuition & Fees: $0 + cost of tuition and fees for optional spring
  • Room & Board: $0 + cost of room and board for optional spring
  • Airfare: $0 for all applicants (the provider will purchase one roundtrip ticket for each grantee based on their overseas program end date)
  • Books: $0 + cost of books for optional spring
  • Local Transportation: $0 + cost of local transportation for optional spring
  • Health Insurance: $0 + cost of health insurance for optional spring
  • Research Expenses (Boren Fellows only): $0 + cost of research expenses for optional spring

Please note that certain costs are not covered by the Boren Awards: visa and passport fees; vaccinations; expenses related to dependents; and personal travel and entertainment expenses.

Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (TURFLI)

New in 2020, TURFLI offers Boren Scholars and Fellows the opportunity for intensive study of the Turkish through a combination of domestic and overseas programs.

The domestic summer portion of IFLI will be hosted at a university in the United States -- further information will be posted here when the implementer has been officially selected.

The overseas fall portion of IFLI will be hosted outside of Turkey -- further information will be posted here when the implementer has been officially selected.

Language: Instruction in Turkish for all levels

Domestic Program Location: TBD in the United States

Domestic Program Start & End Dates: 6/3/2020 to 8/15/2020

Overseas Program Location: TBD

Overseas Program Start & End Dates: 8/16/2020 to 11/28/2020 (if not extending into spring) or end date of self-identified program

Budget Guidelines: Enter the following values in the Budget section of the application. The maximum award amount for an optional spring program extension is the 12-24 week threshold of $10,000 for Boren Scholars and $12,000 for Boren Fellows.

  • Tuition & Fees: $0 + cost of tuition and fees for optional spring
  • Room & Board: $0 + cost of room and board for optional spring
  • Airfare: $0 for all applicants (the provider will purchase one roundtrip ticket for each grantee based on their overseas program end date)
  • Books: $0 + cost of books for optional spring
  • Local Transportation: $0 + cost of local transportation for optional spring
  • Health Insurance: $0 + cost of health insurance for optional spring
  • Research Expenses (Boren Fellows only): $0 + cost of research expenses for optional spring

Please note that certain costs are not covered by the Boren Awards: visa and passport fees; vaccinations; expenses related to dependents; and personal travel and entertainment expenses.

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