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IGI Graduate Language Fellowship


Master's, Doctorate,




Fully Funded


United States


Male, Female

Language of instruction:

Eligible Countries

All Countries,


The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) and the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP)  announce a call for applications for the Illinois Global Institute (IGI) Language Fellowship. 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.

Eligible Languages by Center:

Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies

  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean

Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program

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


  • This fellowship supports study of eligible languages (see list above) 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 programs 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.


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

How to apply

All applicants must submit to the relevant center the following:

  • 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, Jan. 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.

  • Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies: Associate Director Yuchia Chang (
  • Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program: Associate Director Anita Kaiser (


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, founded in 1867, is the flagship campus of the University of Illinois. 

It is the second oldest public university in the state of Illinois, after Illinois State University, and is made up of 17 colleges offering about 150 different study programmes.  The institution is spread out over some 647 building set on a 4,500 acre campus. 

The university is one of the original 37 public land-grant institutions that were founded when Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862. 

The libraries at the university hold one of the biggest collections of any public library in the US, with some 13 million volumes across nearly 40 library sites. 

Some 11 graduates of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign have gone on to win Nobel Prizes, with 18 winning Pulitzer Prizes. 

The university’s Krannert Center for the Performing Arts  has four theatres, which seat 4,000 people and host about 350 performances by both students and professional acts every year. Its Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion contain nearly 10,000 works of art, while the Spurlock Museum has 46,00 artefacts from around the world. 

The largest collection of John Philip Sousa music manuscripts is housed at the university’s Sousa Archives Center for American Music. 

There are 23 halls of residence at the university – enough to accommodate more than 8,500 students. 

The university takes its name from the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 207,000 and are located about 180 miles north of St Louis and 140 miles south of Chicago.




United States


Urbana, Illinois





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