Through the Center for International Education, students have access to scholarships to support their study abroad and area studies, foreign language study, and overseas internships. Additional scholarship opportunities are gathered and shared by CIE’s Study Abroad Office, UWM’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Financial Aid Office.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Undergraduates

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Undergraduates

UWM’s Center for International Education has been awarded prestigious Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship grants by the US Department of Education. Totaling $1.7 million over four years, beginning AY 2014/15, the grants will support a series of interconnected initiatives to strengthen UWM and Wisconsin K-16 students’ participation in meaningful study of languages and global issues. FLAS Fellowships will support undergraduates’ intermediate or advanced level (200-level or higher) studies of Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese*, or Russian.

There are two types of Fellowships, and students may apply for one or both:

  • Summer 2017 Intensive Language Fellowships: up to $7,500 for intensive summer study of a language, at an approved US or overseas language program. Application Form.
  • Academic Year 2017/18 FLAS Fellowships: up to $15,000 for full-time undergraduates enrolled in language and internationally-focused studies. Application Form.

Complete applications must include:

  1. Application Form and Personal Statement.
  2. Unofficial Undergraduate Transcript.
  3. FLAS Recommendation Form(s) completed and submitted by UWM instructor(s). Recommendation Form.
  4. Plan of study information (for applicants studying abroad or attending a language program during the Fellowship award period).

Applications should be emailed or delivered to Alexandria Sedar ( or Garland Hall rm. 138).

* Please note: Undergraduates proposing to study Portuguese in conjunction with Latin American Studies may apply for FLAS Fellowships through both CIE and the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies but will be awarded only one Fellowship per award period.

Students applying for a FLAS Fellowship for the summer term may wish to refer to the list of suggested summer intensive language programs, to ensure that the program they choose meets the US Department of Education requirements.

Students who plan to study abroad during their FLAS Fellowship period will need to apply for their study abroad program through CIE’s Study Abroad Office.

The US Department of Education limits individuals to one FLAS Fellowship in a Fiscal Year (e.g. August 15, 2016 to August 14, 2017). Students who are Academic Year FLAS Fellows may not receive a Summer Intensive Language Fellowship for the summer immediately following their Academic Year Fellowship. Students selected for a Summer FLAS Fellowship may also be selected for an Academic Year Fellowship for the period following their Summer FLAS because the Fiscal Year ends August 14.

Questions regarding these programs and the application process should be directed to Alexandria Sedar,

Global Studies Summer Internship Awards and Ian J. Elliott Memorial Scholarship

Global Studies Summer Internship Awards and Ian J. Elliott Memorial Scholarship
The Global Studies Summer Internship Award Fund and the Ian J. Elliott Memorial Scholarship support a small number of $500 awards to offset the cost of the international internship required for Global Studies. Students must be enrolled as a UWM student and a declared student (at the time of application) in the BA in Global Studies program with a minimum GPA of 2.5. This award may be used to cover overseas internship and study abroad related expenses (i.e. airfare, room and board, transportation). Application details for Summer 2016 will be posted in March or April 2016.

Klotsche Scholarship

Klotsche Scholarship
CIE awards the Roberta and J. Martin Klotsche Scholarship to a small number of outstanding students majoring in International Studies or Global Studies. Scholarships are in the $1000-1500 range. Students who are eligible for this scholarship receive an invitation to apply around December 1st.

Scholarship Recipients

CIE is proud of the recipients of these scholarships, listed below for recent award cycles:

Roberta and J. Martin Klotsche Scholarship

  • 2015/16: Madeline Brancel, Wendy Dunaway, Patrick McCue
  • 2014/15: Eriberto Gonzalez-Cibrian, Stephanie Davidson, Anna Jeffries
  • 2013/14: Matthew Beil, Paul Nessman, Kelly Ostrenga
  • 2012/13: Kayla Maule, Emily Outcalt, Walter Wenzel
  • 2011/12: James Peranteau, Nhi Duong, Bryce Bray

Global Studies Summer Internship Award

  • 2015/16: Alexandria Sedar, Jacqueline Sirovina
  • 2014/15: Meaghan Kulas, Mary Sherman
  • 2013/14: Elisabeth Matthews

Ian J. Elliott Memorial Scholarship

Ian J. Elliott studied Economics with a focus on Middle Eastern Studies during his time at UWM. The Center for International Education is very grateful for his family’s contribution to support students interning abroad.

  • 2015/16: Goldie Gibbs, Maryssa Schlough

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellows

  • 2016/17: Jacob Apazeller (Arabic), Breanna Ayers (Chinese), Amy Lynn Beilke (Russian), Anastassia Christensen (Arabic), Jeanette Helferich (Japanese), Kevin Li (Japanese), Marissa Paulson (Portuguese), Rebecca Schnirman (Korean), Aaron D. Scott (Russian), Brian J. Tebbitt (Arabic)
  • Summer 2016: Jenna Busha (Japanese), Nicole Lydia Sunny Dolezal (Chinese), Dominique Flannagan (Korean), John Johnson (Arabic), Mayya Pechenova (Russian)
  • 2015/16: Ryan Boggs (Chinese), Edward Breihan (Japanese), Jacob Brown (Chinese), Jeanette Helferich (Japanese), Josephine Kirkland (Japanese), Spero Lomenzo (Chinese), Jadee Lord (Arabic), Alisha Olson (Arabic), Alexandra Stott (Russian), Andrew Woehlke (Chinese)
  • Summer 2015: Miguelina Berroa (Portuguese), Sugeiry Berroa (Portuguese), Nigel Dowling (Russian), Kristen Lango (Polish), Lindsay McElhenie (Russian), Bryan Rogers (Portuguese), Taylor Woods (Arabic)
  • 2014/15: Chelsea Ballas (Portuguese), Ryan Boggs (Chinese), Jeanette Helferich (Japanese), Erich Jones (Arabic), Josephine Kirkland (Japanese), Spero Lomenzo (Chinese), Heather Lueck (Japanese), Alisha Olson (Arabic), Buck Sharlow (Japanese), Alexandra Stott (Russian)


“I am honored to have been selected as a recipient of the Roberta and J. Martin Klotsche Scholarship for the 2015-2016 Academic Year. I plan to serve as an ambassador for the Klotsche Scholarship by promoting peaceful international relations while studying abroad in Maputo, Mozambique for the fall semester of 2015. As a Global Studies/Global Security major with a minor in Portuguese, I will adhere to the vision of the scholarship by furthering my studies in Portuguese while simultaneously working toward a career as a Public Diplomacy Officer for the US Department of State.”

– Madeline Brancel

“Being awarded the Roberta and J. Martin Klotsche Scholarship is a great honor and I am grateful to be named a recipient. I am currently a Critical Care Paramedic and am working on my undergraduate degree in International Studies: World Cultures and Languages. Someday I hope to meld these two together and teach paramedic in countries working to develop their emergency healthcare systems. Receiving this scholarship will assist me in reaching that goal and further the dream of the Klotsche family in promoting international relations and education.”

– Wendy Dunaway