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

Interested in studying a less commonly taught language?  FLAS Fellowships allow students to study a critical language without having the burden of worrying about financial security.  FLAS supports undergraduate intermediate or advanced level (200-level or higher) studies of Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese*, or Russian.

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

Academic Year Fellowships: up to $15,000 for full-time undergraduates enrolled in language and internationally-focused studies.

Summer Intensive Language Fellowships: up to $7,500 for intensive summer study of a language, at an approved US or overseas language program



*Undergraduates studying Portuguese can apply for an Academic Year FLAS award through the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies. Please see their website for details.

Students may wish to refer to the list of Summer-Intensive-Language-Programs, to ensure that the program they choose meets the US Department of Education requirements. Programs listed are not guaranteed approval by the US Department of Education but are suggested based on their advertised information.

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, 2019 to August 15, 2020). 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.

Questions regarding these programs and the application process should be directed to Jeremy Booth,

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 Form

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

  • 2018/19: Savannah Elmore, Lauren Kuske, Jasmine Viges, Ananda Walker
  • 2017/18: Carly Phelps, Violeta Ramirez, Caitlin Sanfelippo
  • 2016/17: Lydia Albrecht
  • 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

  • 2018/19: Matthew Vogt
  • 2017/18: Violeta Ramirez
  • 2016/17: Amanda Johnson
  • 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.

  • 2018/19: Marissa Paulson
  • 2017/18: Alaina Gedemer, Itzel Nunez
  • 2016/17: Anna Jeffries
  • 2015/16: Goldie Gibbs, Maryssa Schlough

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellows

  • 2017/18: Margaret Moran (Russian), Gershon Pevnick (Japanese), Scott Patnode (Russian), Mackenzie Tubridy (Russian), Pengxue Vang (Japanese), Jasmine Vigas (Chinese)
  • Summer 2017: Nicole Lydia Sunny Dolezal (Chinese), Dominique Flannagan (Korean), Edgar Gonzalez (Japanese), Anthony Heffron (Chinese), Abbey Palmer (Russian), Sarah Stevens (Russian), Kimberly Weatherly (Japanese), Callie Weers (Japanese)
  • 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