Grants, Professional Development, and Conferences


Current Opportunities:

  1. JFLA Japanese Language Learners Event Grant

    The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (hereafter “JFLA”) provides financial support (up to $1,000) for Japanese-language related events on the national/state/regional levels (speech contests, quiz contests, or presentational events, etc.) that are intended to motivate a large number of Japanese-language learners in multiple schools featuring different educational levels (primary, secondary, collegiate levels, and adults) and promote Japanese-language education in the area. Closed events for a single school are not eligible.

    Eligible items:

    • Expenses for inviting judges/guests to the event (honorarium, transportation, accommodation)
    • Expenses for venue (rental fee for venue and equipment, service fee for tech support, etc.)
    • Prize expenses for participating Japanese-language learners (no cash prizes)
    • Production costs for handouts/programs/flyers of the event
    • Group transportation costs for participants/student audiences (charter buses, vans, etc.)

    Deadline: March 1, 2017

    To learn more and apply, visit:

  2. Qatar Foundation International Teacher Fellowships

    As part of its overall mission to expand and improve the teaching of K-12 Arabic in the United States, Qatar Foundation International (QFI) is pleased to offer Teacher Fellowship grants for current or prospective K-12 teachers to become certified in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language. Fellowships provide up to $25,000 toward tuition and fees for programs that will lead to licensure or certification to teach Arabic in U.S. public or public charter schools. Fellowships are awarded to three types of applicants:

    • Teacher candidates who are pursuing a Masters of Arts in Teaching (degree names vary by state and institution, but the result should be certification in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language);
    • Teachers who are already certified in another discipline and are seeking an endorsement to teach Arabic; or
    • Teacher candidates seeking certification to teach Arabic in the U.S. through any other recognized means, including undergraduate programs and alternative routes to certification.

    The goal of QFI’s Teacher Fellowship program is to develop a strong cohort of highly trained teachers who will be leaders in the field of K-12 Arabic education, and the program provides participating teachers with significant professional development opportunities.

    The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.

    For more information, visit:

  3. 2017 Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program
    The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office of the U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the the opening of the competition for the Fiscal Year 2017 Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) program.

    The GPA program provides grants to institutions that organize programs for K-12 teachers, college students, and faculty to engage in short-term and long-term overseas projects focused on training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies. Short-term projects include seminars, curriculum development, and group research or study. Long-term projects support advanced intensive overseas programs that focus on languages, the humanities, or social sciences.

    Deadline to apply: March 7, 2017
    To learn more and apply, visit:

  4. Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program (DDRA)

    This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months. Projects deepen research knowledge on and help the nation develop capability in areas of the world not generally included in U.S. curricula. Projects focusing on Western Europe are not supported.

    Application deadline: March 14, 2017

    To learn more and apply, visit:

  5. JFLA Japanese Teaching Material Purchase Grant

    This program is intended to assist educational institutions in the U.S. to purchase teaching materials (textbooks, audio-visual materials, dictionaries, digital learning software, teachers’ reference books, etc.) for their Japanese-language courses by providing financial support not exceeding $1,000.

    The eligible items for support are Japanese-language teaching materials (textbooks, audio-visual materials, dictionaries, digital learning software, teachers’ reference books, etc.) as well as cultural items (origami papers, calligraphy sets, etc.). The grant will NOT COVER electronics (laptop computers, tablet computers, camcorders, digital cameras, etc.) or consumable stationery supplies (papers, pens, etc.).

    Deadline: March 15, 2017

    To learn more and apply, visit:

  6. JFLA Salary Assistance Grant for Japanese Language Courses

    The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (hereafter “JFLA”) supports non-profit educational institutions or school districts in the U.S. that are facing temporary financial difficulties in the following three cases.
    The grant covers a part of the Japanese language instructor’s salary and fringe benefits up to $30,000 per year on a cost-sharing basis.

    Case (1): Starting up a brand new Japanese program
    Case (2): Expanding a current existing Japanese program by adding new course(s)/section(s)
    Case (3): Maintaining a current existing program which is in danger of cut back or closure

    It is required that applying institutions (hereafter “applicants”) submit a commitment letter(s) or support letter(s) from the stakeholders (e.g., Dean, Dept. Chair, District Superintendent, Head of the Board of Education, Principal, or local supporters, etc.) at the time of application regarding the continuation of the Japanese program after the completion of JFLA’s grant support and beyond. Applications without these letters may also be considered depending on the situation.

    Application deadline: April 10, 2017

    To learn more and apply, visit:

  7. National Institute of Health Grants

    Health Services Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities
    The purpose of this FOA is to encourage system-level health services research that can directly contribute to the improvement of minority health and/or the reduction of health disparities in health care settings. Research topics of specific interest include but are not limited to: “Analysis of local, state, or national policies relevant to health care systems that increase or reduce health disparities, such as those related to insurance coverage or reimbursement, language access policies, or organization of government-run or -funded health care services.”

    For more information and to apply:

    Application deadline: April 11, 2017

  8. JFLA Japanese Language Education Project Grant

    The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (hereafter “JFLA”) provides financial assistance for projects which promote Japanese language education on a national or state/regional levels, not exceeding $5,000. The project should benefit as many Japanese language programs/teachers/learners as possible in a wide region or nationwide. Therefore, projects which only benefit a sigle school/institution are not eligible for this grant program. JFLA accepts applications from non-profit educational institutions/organizations (Japanese language teachers’ associations, higher educational institutions, etc.) in the U.S., not from individuals.

    Grant Amount: Up to $5,000 per project

    The eligible projects must start and finish between April 1, 2017 and March 15, 2018.

    Application deadline: two months prior to project start date

    To learn more and apply, visit:

Recurring Opportunities:

  1. Administration for Native Americans Funding Opportunities

    ANA provides funding opportunities in the following program areas:

    • Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance (P&M)
    • Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance – Ester Martinez Immersion (EMI)
    • Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS)
    • Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
    • Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (ERE)
    • Social and Economic Development Strategies for Alaska (SEDS-AK)
    • Native Language Community Coordination Demonstration Project (NLCC)
    • Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD)

    ANA’s current funding opportunities are available here.

  2. The Endangered Language Fund Isenberg Award

    The Isenberg Award for the Documentation of Languages of the Former Soviet Union is named for the late Charles R. Isenberg (1944-1997), a professor of Russian literature at Wesleyan University and Reed College. This award, given in years when a deserving and eligible proposal is received, honors projects focused on documentation and maintenance of languages spoken in the former Soviet Union. Read more.

  3. The Endangered Language Fund Language Legacies Grants

    The Language Legacies grant program supports documentation and revitalization efforts throughout the world. It is open to community members and researchers from any country. An academic degree is not required, but the application must provide evidence that the applicant can achieve the stated goals. Grants are for one year and average around $2,500 (US). Read more.

  4. Native American and Alaska Native Children in School Program

    The purpose of the Native American and Alaska Native children in School (NAM) program in the Department of Education is to award grants to eligible entities to develop and enhance capacity to provide effective instruction and support to Native American students who are identified as English learners (ELs). The goal of this program is to support the teaching, learning and studying of Native American languages while also increasing the English language proficiency of students served to achieve the same challenging State academic content and achievement standards for all students. Read more.

  5. Title VI American Overseas Research Centers

    This program provides grants to establish or operate overseas research centers that promote postgraduate research, exchanges, and area studies. Grants may be used to pay for all or a portion of the cost of establishing or operating a center or program. Costs may include faculty and staff stipends and salaries; faculty, staff, and student travel; operation and maintenance of overseas facilities; teaching and research materials; the acquisition, maintenance, and preservation of library collections; travel for visiting scholars and faculty members who are teaching or conducting research; preparation for and management of conferences; and the publication and dissemination of material for the scholars and general public. Read more.

  6. Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language

    This program provides funds to plan, develop, and carry out programs to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages. Each program assisted with federal funds must enhance primarily the international academic program of the institution. Eligible activities may include but are not limited to:

    • Development of a global or international studies program that is interdisciplinary in design;
    • Development of a program that focuses on issues or topics, such as international business or international health;
    • Development of an area studies program and programs in corresponding foreign languages;
    • Creation of innovative curricula that combine the teaching of international studies with professional and preprofessional studies, such as engineering;
    • Research for and development of specialized teaching materials, including language instruction, i.e., business French;
    • Establishment of internship opportunities for faculty and students in domestic and overseas settings; and
    • Development of study abroad programs.

    Read more.

Professional Development

Current Opportunities:

  1. Federal Business Opportunities

    Sr. Exec Seminar 01-17_Interpretation
    Solicitation Number: HQ001317Q0029
    Agency: Other Defense Agencies
    Office: Defense Security Cooperation Agency
    Response date: Feb 15, 2017 4:04 pm Eastern

    Foreign Language Proficiency Tests
    Solicitation: SFSIAQ17I2001
    Agency: Department of State
    Office: Foreign Service Institute
    Event Date: February 17, 2017 (01:00PM EST)

    Sign Language Interpreting Services
    Solicitation: SS-NIHOD2017134
    Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
    Office: National Institutes of Health
    Response Date: Feb 28, 2017 1:00 pm Eastern

    Machine Foreign Language Translation System (MFLTS) Industry Day Announcement
    Solicitation: W909MY-17-R-A009
    Agency: Department of the Army
    Office: Army Contracting Command
    Event Date: March 14, 2017 – March 16, 2017

  2. IIE National Conference Call: Academic Partnership Opportunities with Finland

    IIE’s President and CEO, Allan Goodman, will be joined by members of the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) to discuss their commitment to increasing academic partnerships between the U.S. and Finland. EDUFI and IIE will also announce the launch of an International Academic Partnership Program with Finland and discuss EDUFI’s commitment to IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to increase the number of U.S. students that study abroad.

    Date of Event: February 15, 2017 (9-10am EST)

    To register, visit:

  3. Heritage Speakers and Learners of Russian: Webinar Series

    The 3-part webinar series on heritage speakers and learners of Russian led by distinguished scholars and by language instructors experienced in teaching heritage students (or instead of “distinguished and experienced”, just simply state the names?). Each part will focus on some aspect of heritage language linguistics and pedagogy. The second and third webinars will be building on the information covered in the previous sessions. You can register for only for one webinar, but we strongly recommend registering for all three parts of the series.

    Session 1: 17 Feb 2017, 5:00 PM 6:30 PM – Heritage Speakers of Russian: a Linguistic Portrait
    Session 2: 28 Feb 2017, 4:00 PM 5:30 PM – Heritage Language Curricular Development for Russian Heritage Speakers: Foundations and Rationale by Olga Kagan (UCLA)
    Session 3: 02 Mar 2017, 4:00 PM 5:30 PM – Approaches to Working with Heritage Learners: Learning Outcomes and Ways to Achieve Them

    Cost of event: Free for ACTR members, $40 for non-ACTR members

    To learn more and register, visit:

  4. Cross Cultural Communications ‘The Language of Justice’ Legal Interpreter Training

    An exciting, groundbreaking curriculum, this three-day legal interpreter training is the only national program for legal interpreting in community settings. The training manual for THE LANGUAGE OF JUSTICE was authored by four experts across the country, including an attorney as well specialists in legal and community interpreting. The lead author is Isabel Framer, former Chair of the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators. The curriculum includes an overview of the legal interpreting profession, requirements and procedures, a model code of ethics and standards of practice, linguistic mediation techniques, legal terminology and an overview of the U.S. legal system.

    Event dates: March 30 – April 1, 2017

    Early bird registration deadlne: February 23, 2017 ($460)

    Registration deadline: March 16, 2017 ($500)

    To learn more and register, visit:

  5. NEA Global Learning Fellowship

    The NEA Foundation recognizes that in order for students to prepare for the global age, the educator must first be equipped with the knowledge, skills and disposition needed to teach in the global age. By participating in the Global Learning Fellowship program, educators have an opportunity to lead the profession by acquiring the necessary skills to integrate global competence into their daily classroom instruction, advance pedagogy in their school/district, prepare students to thrive in the flattened global age, and thus contribute to the closing of the global achievement gap.

    Application deadline: February 28, 2017

    To learn more and apply, visit:

  6. Call for Proposals: Language, the Sustainable Development Goals, and Vulnerable Populations

    The Study Group on Language at the United Nations + The Centre for Research and Documentation on World Language Problems + the Center for Applied Linguistics invite you to contribute to a symposium on Language, the Sustainable Development Goals, and Vulnerable Populations.

    The organizers welcome proposals for 20-minute papers on topics linking the SDGs with vulnerable populations, such as:

    • Language as a factor in sustainable development
    • Language policy for refugees, migrants, and displaced populations
    • Language & migration
    • Language as it relates to race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, economic status, or other factors
    • Language & education of refugees and migrants
    • Language & quality education for vulnerable populations (Goal 4)
    • Language & Stateless nations
    • Language & Stateless nations
    • Language & mother-tongue education (Goal 4)
    • Language & gender equality (Goal 5)
    • Language & economic growth (Goal 8)
    • Language & reducing inequalities (Goal 10)
    • Language & peace & justice (Goal 16)
    • NGOs, language & vulnerable populations
    • UN language policy & implementation of the SDGs
    • The role of regional or minority languages

    Preference will be given to papers that move the discourse forward by proposing theoretical and/or research-based strategies for addressing language-related concerns.

    Send proposals (200 words or less) & bio. (50 words) to the organizing committee at
    Deadline: February 28, 2017

    More information: Visit

  7. AATG MINT Summer Seminar

    This three-week seminar for K-16 educators in Leipzig will explore the integration of MINT/STEM subjects in German curriculum. In addition to observing classroom instruction, experiencing numerous workshops, and designing instructional materials, participants will visit the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in Dresden and enjoy a two-day excursion to Wolfsburg for a hands-on experience with leaders in the German auto industry. The seminar will be conducted in German. This program is made available by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland through funds of the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie. Program costs and accommodations as well as a small travel stipend are provided. Participation is limited to 20 AATG members.

    Dates of event: June 15 – July 7, 2017

    Deadline: March 1, 2017

    More information: Visit

  8. NEH’s Muslim American Identities, Past and Present

    What does it mean to be both Muslim and American? You are invited to explore this fascinating and important question this coming summer. You will read compelling texts and conduct engaging field trips as you study the diverse facets of Muslim American identity, both as grounded in the past and as experienced in the present. As an NEH Summer Scholar, you will reflect on and discuss thirty primary source documents and two major academic monographs; visit two mosques; and make a final presentation about how you will integrate teaching about Muslim Americans into your classroom.

    All participants will receive a stipend of $2,700

    Seminar dates: July 9-28, 2017

    Application deadline: March 1, 2017

    To learn more and apply, visit:

  9. Call for Abstracts for an Edited Volume: Recognizing Sign Languages – An International Overview of National Campaigns for Sign Language Legislation and their Outcomes
    This edited collection surveys national advocacy campaigns for the legal recognition of sign languages around the world and the legislation which sometimes resulted from these campaigns. Each chapter will focus on a country’s campaign, its outcomes in terms of the type of sign language legislation achieved versus desired outcomes and deaf community expectations for this legislation. Chapters will cover strategies used in achieving passage of this legislation, including alliance building and negotiations with governments and other stakeholders, as well an account of barriers confronted in the legislative process and how these were or were not overcome. The legislation will be summarized and chapters will look at the work undertaken in the implementation of the law, including language promotion bodies and the policy-making processes post-passage. This includes evaluation of the success of the legislation vis-à-vis deaf community goals. Chapters will set sign language laws within their national settings, with reference to the language policies and the status of other minority languages of that country.

    Potential contributors should send a one paragraph abstract (max. 200 words) and a three-sentence biography (including previous publications relevant to the book). Contributors will be notified of acceptance of their proposals by March 31, 2017

    Deadline: March 6, 2017
    For more information, email

  10. IREX Teachers for Global Classrooms Project

    The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) is a year-long, fully funded professional development opportunity for US elementary, middle, and high school teachers to become leaders in global education. Global education is integral to building 21st century skills, and teachers are the greatest resource to empower students as global citizens. TGC equips teachers to bring an international perspective to their schools through targeted training, experience abroad, and global collaboration.

    Application deadline: March 20, 2017

    To learn more and apply, visit:

  11. CULTR 2017 Summer Workshops for World Language Educators

    Join us at CULTR’s 3rd Annual Summer World Language Teacher Workshops! Grow professionally through accelerated 3-day workshops held at Georgia State University’s downtown campus. This year’s workshops feature four dynamic topics that are hosted by leading researchers and practitioners that are designed to benefit all K-16 language educators. Attendees can earn 30 contact hours per workshop.

    Cost: $150 for the first workshop ($100 for each additional workshop) – if you pay online there is a $5 fee

    Housing: available on GSU’s campus for $37 per night

    Dates of workshops: July 6-19, 2017

    To learn more and register, visit:

  12. Language, the Sustainable Development Goals, and Vulnerable Populations
    When the UN General Assembly unanimously approved the 17 Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030, proponents foresaw a comprehensive and cooperative effort extending beyond the United Nations and its Member States to incorporate civil society in general. The SDGs, they said, should “leave no one behind” and should emerge from a dialogue in which all parties collaborate in a spirit of equality. Moreover, the most vulnerable populations need to be first on the agenda.

    These populations speak a multiplicity of languages often little understood by development specialists, and they are often isolated or neglected, and unconnected to those who seek to help. Reaching them requires reaching across languages, and it implies listening to their concerns, freely expressed. Is the UN ready for such an effort? Though the SDGs are largely silent on language issues, sustainability requires two-way, democratic communication in multiple languages.

    The world is witnessing the largest population movement since World War II: refugees who must be returned to their homes or resettled, displaced children who need education, migrants who must acquire new languages to become productive in new circumstances. In negotiating their way in foreign environments, they must deal with officials who often do not know their languages. The SDGs identify problems but say little about reaching these populations.

    Dates of event: May 11-12, 2017

    Location: New York, NY

    To learn more, visit:

  13. NFLRC 2017 Project-Based Language Learning Intensive Summer Institute

    During the NFLRC 2017 Intensive Summer Institute held in Hawai’i, inservice K-16 world language educators will learn how to orchestrate rich, experiential language learning opportunities that draw on a diverse array of disciplines and career pathways. Community college instructors interested in creating interdisciplinary connections will receive special consideration. Please note: This is not a beginner’s workshop. Applicants must first earn a digital badge from the Fundamentals of PBLL Online Institute as a prerequisite.

    Dates of event: August 2-9, 2017

    To learn more, visit:

Recurring Opportunities:

  1. Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (JFLA) Video Interview Project
    The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles is in the planning stage of a video project to promote the study of the Japanese language. JFLA is gathering the contact information of Japanese-speaking professionals who learned Japanese as a second language. At this stage, JFLA welcomes professionals from all over the United States, and even those who are currently working in Japan.
    Depending on where you live, JFLA might:
    Send a camera crew to you to interview you at work and maybe even film you speaking, reading, or typing in Japanese (if possible).
    1. Bring you to LA to interview you!
    2. Would you like to be interviewed about your experiences studying Japanese and speaking it at work? Learn more.
  2. NABE ‘My Name, My Identity’ Campaign
    What does your name mean to you? We receive our names from beloved family members or special people who are close to our family. We may be named after a family member, a saint, or a positive personality characteristic. Our name may recall an event, tell where the stars were at our birth, or state an aspiration of our future.
    Objectives of this Campaign:

    Bring awareness to the importance of respecting one’s name and identity in schools as measured by the number of community members making a pledge to pronounce students’ names correctly.

    Build a respectful and caring culture in school communities that values diversity as measured by my name stories posted on social media with #mynamemyid.

    If you believe that all students have the right to be called by the names that represent their identity and culture, begin by asking them how they would like their names to be pronounced. Help NABE build positive school culture and promote respect to students and families. Read Dr. Yee Wan’s guest blog on EdWeek about how “My Name, My Identity” can create a global consciousness locally, and take the pledge.

  3. IU Summer Language Workshop (SWSEEL)
    Since 1950, the Summer Language Workshop has enabled thousands of students and professionals to intensively study languages critical to academic research, economic development, human rights, diplomacy, national security, cultural exchange, scientific advancement, and other global issues. Go beyond the classroom to engage with language and culture through clubs, cooking demonstrations, conversation tables, research groups, music, dance, film nights, and more. Network with other language professionals through career events with IU Career Services, guest speakers, and alumni presentations. Study in small classes with highly qualified instructors. The Workshop is one of the most affordable programs of its kind in the country and undergraduate and graduate funding is also available. Read more for more information about upcoming workshops.


  1. NABE 2017 Conference
    Leadership for Equity and Excellence through Bilingualism and Biliteracy
    Read more.
    Location: Hilton Anatole, Dallas, TX
    Date: February 23-25, 2017
  2. 2017 SWCOLT/OFLTA Conference
    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bill VanPatten
    “Did you know…? Things they never taught you in your methods course”

    To learn more and register, visit:

    Location: The Skirvin Hilton, Oklahoma City, OK
    Date: March 2-4, 2017

  3. 2017 CSCTFL Conference
    The annual Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages includes approximately 300 workshops and sessions presented by world language teachers at all levels of instruction. It is governed by a Board of Directors which is elected by the membership of the CSCTFL Advisory Council as outlined in its by-laws.

    To learn more and register, visit:

    Location: The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL
    Dates: March 9-11, 2017

  4. 2017 SCOLT Conference
    Languages: Your Global Fast Pass

    To learn more and register, visit:

    Location: Orlando Airport Marriott, Orlando, FL
    Dates: March 16-18, 2017

  5. GALA 2017 Conference
    The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) is a global, non-profit trade association for the language industry. As a membership organization, GALA supports member companies and the language sector by creating communities, championing standards, sharing knowledge, and advancing technology. Read more. GALA is now accepting proposal submissions for their annual conference. GALA 2017 welcomes submissions addressing:
    Language technology (automation, integration, new technology, etc.)
    Executive leadership and operations (managing resources and growth, consolidation, specialization, leadership skills, succession planning, etc.)
    Interpreting (interpreting service models, resourcing, technologies, white-labeling, etc.)
    Buyer/Client-side focus (creating executive buy-in, proving translation/localization ROI, legal compliance, information security, data-driven decision-making, sector-specific challenges, etc.)
    Sales and marketing strategies for language service companies (account management, business development, hiring practices, partnerships, etc.)
    To learn more, visit:
    Conference location: Hotel Okura, Amsterdam
    Conference date: March 26-29, 2017
  6. 2017 LSA Linguistic Institute
    The LSA’s Linguistic Institutes take place in odd-numbered summers on a major university campus. The Institute brings together approximately 100 faculty and hundreds more students for a month-long program of courses, lectures, workshops, and social events. The LSA supports the Institutes with seed grants, funding for endowed professorships, lectureships, and special named student fellowships, and in addition awards a large number of competitive student fellowships providing tuition for the Institute. The next Linguistic Institute will be held in the summer of 2017 at the University of Kentucky. Student members of the LSA are eligible to apply for fellowships, including several named fellowships, which provide tuition and other benefits to Institute attendees. Professional linguists may also participate in the Institute, either as students or as faculty. Read more.
    Location: University of Kentucky, Lexington
    Dates: July 5 – August 1, 2017