Asian Languages & Cultures (ALC) e-News 
Table of Contents
  1. ALC Faculty Highlights
  2. ALC Events
  3. Campus Events
  4. Undergraduate News
  5. Graduate Student News
  6. Funding & Opportunities
  7. Job Posting
  8. Advising Available
  9. Apply to Graduate
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ALC Faculty Highlights

Congratulations to ALCs Professor Tyrell Haberkorn who has received a prestigious translation grant from the National Endowment from the Arts!

The NEA grant is for Professor Haberkorn's translation of a prison memoir, All They Could Do To Us, by Prontip Mankhong, from Thai into English. The author was imprisoned for two years between 2014 and 2016  for lèse majesté in relation to directing and performing in a theatre play.

Please also see the links below for additional information.

NEA press release:

Information on all of the funded projects can be found here:

A short excerpt was published last year by the Asian American Writer’s Workshop:

ALC Events
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Meeting ID: 919 9172 8552
Passcode: 637635
2021 Asian Studies Student Symposium
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 5-6:30 pm
via Zoom

We welcome advanced undergraduate students in the Asian Languages & Cultures, Chinese or Japanese major; Chinese or Japanese Professional Communication certificate programs; and dedicated students in our Asian language courses to share their experiences in our virtual showcase! Talk to your faculty, instructor, or advisors in ALC about what YOU could do to exhibit and show off your skills and knowledge in our ALC annual spring event!

Deadline to participate: March 5th by email to

Campus Events
Maestro Chitravina N. Ravikiran, "Language and Literature in Carnatic Classical Music"
Thursday Feb 18, 12:00PM-1:30PM
February 9 6:30PM EST
More details here
A People's Constitution: The Everyday Life of Law in the Indian Republic, University of Houston

Thursday, February 11 12:00PM CST

More details here

Conversations on South Asia with Nusrat Chowdhury, Dartmouth College
Anthropologist Nusrat Chowdhury will be discussing her recent book Paradoxes of the Popular: Crowd Politics in Bangladesh with Ritu Mitra and Chelsey Kivland.

February 13, 2021 7:00PM IST
More details here.
Analyzing the Impacts of COVID-19 & Beyond in India
Join the Bangalore, New Delhi and Mumbai chapters of the Wisconsin Alumni Association along with the CII Young Indians for a virtual alumni panel discussion and Q&A session analyzing the current and lasting impacts of COVID-19 in India.

Cornell Society for Buddhist Studies Spring 2021 Lecture Series
Events taking place over Zoon from February 16 to May 10, 2021. More details here.

February 12, 2021
Noon – 1:30 PM

Online presentation followed by Q&A

This talk examines the repeated performance of impunity over decades in and through the law, bureaucracy, policy, culture and common sense as an infrastructure of impunity. Understanding impunity as an infrastructure discloses how a number of dynamic systems intersect to compound impunity over time and space. It explores how victims, family members and activists persistently demand justice (most often defined in legal terms) despite repeated failures to achieve accountability and consider how their consistent and creative demands may ultimately subvert the infrastructure in the realm of effect rather than truth and law.
Join Via Zoom
Meeting ID: 937 8140 6239
Malaysian Night 2021
Date: February 13, 2021 (Sunday)
Time: 5.30 - 9.00 pm CT (Madison time)
Platform: Gather.Town (Click here to sign up!)

Back for its fourth installation - virtually for the first time! Malaysian Night (MyNight) is an annual cultural event by the Malaysian Student Association of UW-Madison which aims to celebrate the experience of being Malaysian and share Malaysia's unique identity through fun games and activities, enticing cultural performances, and most of all, delicious food!

This year's theme is "Supernatural". Our hope is that even in these troubled times, we could share Malaysian stories with everyone, and through that illustrate the morals and values we treasure. This would be a golden chance for non-Malaysians to get to know our custom, superstitions, and cultural belief, thus increasing their general knowledge about races and ethnicities around the world. Click here for the Facebook event. 
Undergraduate News

The applications for 2020-2021 College of Letters & Science Continuing Students Scholarships are currently open for application. There are two L&S continuing student applications – one for currently enrolled First Year Students who enrolled fall/summer 2020 and another for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors (who will be enrolled fall 2021).

The application due date is Monday, February 15, 2021.

Students can visit the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) for application information.  

Virtual Student Informational Sessions for important information about this opportunity – and other L&S scholarship opportunities will be held on Thursday, February 4, 2021, 5:00-6:00 PM

Content provided in the sessions includes: using WiSH (Wisconsin Scholarship Hub), scholarship opportunities, eligibilities and L&S criteria, tips for success, questions & answers and timeline(s).

Additional information about College of Letters & Science Scholarships is available at: For questions about the application and award process, please email Note: Student financial aid packages can be impacted by scholarship awards. Students are recommended to contact the financial aid office to learn about potential impact on current aid packages at

Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships and

Holstrom Environmental Research Fellowships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW–Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff during summer 2021 or the 2021-22 academic year. The student researcher receives $3,000, and the faculty/staff research advisor receives $1,000 to help offset research costs. Students must have at least junior standing at the time of application. The Holstrom Fellowships require an environmental focus. The application deadline is February 15, 2021.

Sophomore Research Fellowships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW–Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff during summer 2021 or the 2021-22 academic year. The student researcher receives $2,500, and the faculty/staff research advisor receives $500 to help offset research costs. At the time of application, the student must be a sophomore, a freshman who will have more than 24 credits after May 2021, or a transfer student in their first year of attendance at UW-Madison. The application deadline is March 1, 2021.

Public Humanities Exchange for Undergraduates (HEX-U) is a public humanities grant that provides training, mentoring, and funding for UW-Madison undergraduates as they plan and implement creative, humanities-inspired projects in the local community. The program creates a bridge for the students to collaborate with a community partner (public library, museums, schools, non-governmental organizations, community centers, etc.) to execute projects that identify and respond to community needs. Each student or team of students receive a $600 stipend award, up to $2000 in project funds, and mentorship from staff. The spring application deadlines are February 4 and March 25.

Wisconsin Idea Fellowships are awarded to undergraduate students to develop and implement community-based research or service-learning projects that will meet a community identified need (local, national or international) under the supervision of a UW-Madison faculty or instructional academic staff member. Fellowships provide a program implementation budget of up to $5,000 for individual projects and up to $7,000 for group projects.  If desired, students can designate a portion of their funds as a scholarship, to be administered through the Bursar's Office. The application deadline for 2021-22 fellowships is February 12, 2021. 

Are you an undergraduate student and a member of a traditionally underrepresented group?

Are you interested in pursuing graduate studies related to the arts, health, or education fields?

Do you want a curated, independent research experience guided by a faculty mentor?

Do you want help learning everything you need to know about how to apply to graduate school?

Do you want a competitive summer salary? (I mean, come on, who doesn’t want money?!)

If you answered yes to all of the above, the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites you to apply for the Summer Education Research Program (SERP) sponsored by the School of Education and the Graduate SchoolThe SERP program takes place May 24 - July 30, 2021.

Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) is now accepting applications for 14 leadership positions to lead the student programming board on campus.

With 11 committees and the Wisconsin Hoofers, we provide our fellow Badgers with numerous opportunities to plan and promote a diverse array of events and experiences for the campus and Madison community.

• 11 Director positions—Applications due Friday, Feb. 26th

Compensation is provided for WUD leaders and the amount varies based on position.


Have you been thinking about completing the UW-Madison Leadership Certificate? The Center for Leadership & Involvement (CfLI) would like to invite all UW-Madison students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) who are interested in learning more about the Leadership Certificate to attend one of three upcoming virtual Informational Sessions.

Wednesday, February 24th: 6:00-7:00 PM

Thursday, February 25th: 7:30-8:30 PM

Thursday, March 4th: 10:00-11:00 AM

Location: Zoom! Select link above to register.

The Orientation format will be a general overview geared toward students who are just beginning the Lead­ership Certificate application process. Through interactive group work we will discuss questions you may have about your specific leadership experiences.

Paul R. Ebling Scholarship Pre-Medicine Scholarship (any school or college, up to $5,000)
Deadline: 02/22/21

This scholarship supports an aspiring physician committed to attend the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Recipients must be Wisconsin high school graduates, current UW graduating seniors, have excellent academic records with evidence of progress in pre-med course work and service to the campus and/or Madison community. Demonstration of reasonable progress towards admission at UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health for the next academic year is required. Recommendations are required.  

Mathea Helen and Lawless Louis Mollere Pre-Medicine Scholarship (L&S only, up to $10,000)
Deadline: 02/22/21

This scholarship supports an aspiring physician junior or senior from the College of Letters & Science with financial need pursuing medical school. Applicants must be 2nd or 3rd year students at the time of application, have excellent academic records with evidence of progress in pre-med course work and service to the campus and/or Madison community. There is a preference for students who demonstrate breadth in the liberal arts outside of the biological sciences. The donor prefers that the recipients do not smoke or use alcohol or drugs. Recommendations are required.

Area and International Studies Undergraduate Paper Awards
Submission deadline: Friday, May 7, 2021 by 2pm

The area and international studies centers of the Institute for Regional and International Studies are each awarding up to $1,000 (actual award amounts vary) to the best paper/s and projects written by an undergraduate and focused on their respective world regions.

To be eligible you must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at the UW-Madison.

The paper must be/have been submitted to fulfill a UW-Madison course or thesis requirement during the 2020-2021 academic year (Fall 2020 & Spring 2021 terms).

Submissions must substantially address issues related to the world region of the center you are submitting to; papers submitted to the Institute for Regional and International Studies should have a trans-regional focus.

Please visit for full submission details.

Deadline for submission is 2pm on Friday, May 7, 2021. Awards will be disbursed through the Bursar's scholarship system.

Questions? Email Mark Lilleleht @ or call 608.265.6070.
Graduate Student News

Job Announcement for SOAR Graduate Advisor openings in the School of Business

These positions function as professional advisor roles where hired applicants will work alongside academic advisors to advise incoming students through advising appointments. It’s a great opportunity for students to gain valuable communication, interpersonal, and coaching skills. Details are posted here:

Please direct any questions to Ariel Sorenson,, Assistant Director of Academic Orientation Programming & Services, Undergraduate Program, Wisconsin School of Business. The application period closes on February 15th.

Job Positions for Graduate Students remote work at SOAR

The Office of Undergraduate Advising is hiring five UW-Madison graduate students to work as remote Graduate Advisors during Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) during Summer 2020. SOAR Graduate Advisors will be trained to work with one or several offices that advise incoming undergraduate first-year and transfer students at SOAR. Applicants of all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, abilities, cities/states/countries of origin, and academic interests are invited and encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is February 27, 2021.

Graduate students can learn more and apply through the Student Job Center using job #497141 or using this link.

Please direct any questions about this position to Jen Walsh, Assistant Director for Summer Advising Initiatives, at

IRIS Graduate Student Summer Fieldwork Announcement

The Institute for Regional and International Studies at UW-Madison is offering a Graduate Student Summer Fieldwork Award for Summer 2021.

Complete details on the award can be found at:

The purpose of these $3,000 awards is to support graduate students at the UW-Madison planning to conduct 6 or more weeks of summer fieldwork outside of the United States.

Any continuing graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison may apply for these awards.

The deadline to submit completed applications is Monday, March 1, 2021 by 10 am.

Questions about the IRIS Summer Fieldwork Award should be directed to Mark Lilleleht by email at or phone at 608.265.6070.


Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship Announcement

The Scott Kloeck-Jenson (SKJ) Fellowship is now accepting applications from graduate students for Summer 2021 awards.

Two different types of awards are given annually:

- International Internship Fellowships to support graduate students interested in undertaking practitioner internships abroad

- Pre-Dissertation Travel Fellowships to support overseas travel to potential field research sites for doctoral students planning to conduct preliminary dissertation field research

The program is open to graduate students of any nationality enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, planning to spend 8-10 weeks in the field, and whose work includes a social justice component (see webpage for additional information). Award amounts vary year-to-year and depending on time spent abroad and destination. The average award has been $4,500 over the last three years.

Students enrolled in terminal master's degree programs are not eligible for either SKJ award.

The deadline to submit completed applications is Monday, March 1, 2021 by 10 am.

Complete details on the application requirements are available online at:

Questions about the SKJ Fellowship should be directed to Mark Lilleleht by email at or phone at 608.265.6070.
The 2021-2022 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) competition is now open.

The deadline for submission of a complete application, including all supporting documents, is 10:00 am, Thursday, April 1, 2021.

Go to for information on the application process & campus guidance, documents, resources, and deadlines.

The Fulbright-Hays DDRA funds doctoral candidates (US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents) to conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of 6 to 12 months. The grant does not fund research whose focus is on Western European countries (though it does allow & fund research visits to western European countries that are part of a larger project focused elsewhere).

For 2021 there are two areas identified as competitive preference priorities: projects that use the Less Commonly Taught Languages (defined as "any modern foreign language except French, German, or Spanish"); and projects conducted in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computer science, education (comparative or international), international development, political science, public health, or economics.

Applications outside those competitive priorities are welcome and encouraged.

We will offer an information session (and technical review) on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 5:00 – 6:00 pm via Teams. Interested students must register for the session by emailing


Graduate Student Interest Groups 

The following opportunities for students to meet other graduate students and share their interest in a particular topic, or just have time to work together, are ongoing.  

Register using the links below to receive reminders and more information about group meetings

Work-Life Integration and Priority Management Every other Monday 4:005:00 PM CST  

Prelim Preparation Every other Tuesday 4:005:00 PM CST 

Job Market Preparation Every other Wednesday  | 4:005:00 PM CST  

Virtual Coworking Space (Virtual Coffee Shop) Every Thursday  | 4:005:00 PM CST 

►National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity: 

Cultivating Compassion & Collectivism: A Multi-Week Course to Facilitate Healing from Racial Trauma 

Week 1: Wednesday, February 10, 1:00–2:00 PM CST (Online) 

Week 2: Wednesday, February 17, 1:00–2:00 PM CST (Online) 

In this two-part workshop series, learn about the connection between trauma, compassion, and collectivism, and practices that facilitate healing from racial trauma.  

How to Align Your Time with Your Priorities 

Thursday, February 11, 1:00–2:00 PM CST (Online) 

Learn how weekly planning is the bridge between your strategic plan and getting control of your workday.  

Activate your free (UW-Madison) membership or sign in to watch these NCFDD webinars here: 

►Beyond the Professoriate: 

How to Find a Job You’ll Love
Friday, February 12, 11:00 AM CST (Online)
Join L. Maren Wood, PhD, in this webinar to learn how you can find a non-academic career where you will thrive, engage in meaningful work, and be connected to people and projects that matter to you.  

Register here: 

4 things to Consider If You Want to Start a Business or Be a Freelancer 

Friday, February 26, 11:00 AM CST (Online)
After attending this webinar, you will be able to: Identify the difference between freelancing/solopreneurship and starting a business. Recognize common mistakes people make when starting a business. Develop strategies for launching your own successful start-up or career as a freelancer. 

Register here: 

Please see the Graduate School Events Calendar for a campus-wide list of professional development events for graduate students:  


Funding & Opportunities
Funding for Foreign Language Study!
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) awards

Students are invited to join any of our upcoming online information sessions to learn more about Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) awards for the study of critical and less commonly taught languages at UW-Madison.

FLAS fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the UW's area & international studies centers to assist students in acquiring foreign language proficiency.

Summer awards offer up to $7,500 in tuition and stipend support for both undergraduate and graduate students; academic awards offer up to $15,000/year in tuition & stipend funding for undergrads and $15k stipend + full tuition for graduate students!

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The application deadline is February 15, 2021.

For a full list of languages supported by FLAS, further details on eligibility, an FAQs page, and the online application please visit: - the application itself will open shortly

Details on the information sessions can be found @; all sessions will be streamed day-of @

Complete information on FLAS awards, eligibility, information sessions, and the application itself is available online at:

Interested in learning a South Asian Language this Summer, but need funding to do so? 

Look no further than SASLI 2021! SASLI, based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is an eight-week intensive summer language program, offering courses in the following languages: Bengali, Dari, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, Tibetan, and Urdu.

Program Dates: June 14 - August 6
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021
Apply Online:

For the 2021 Program, SASLI is proud to offer several funding opportunities to eligible applicants covering partial to full tuition costs.   

These opportunities include: 

  • $1000 Fee Remission
    • The application deadline is April 1, 2021.
  • 2. SASLI Half and Full Fee Remission
  • 3. SASLI FLAS Fellowships 
    • The deadline to apply is February 15, 2021. The application will open soon. 
  • 4. WISLI Tuition Scholarship 

More information on these awards, how to apply, who is eligible, and more, can be found here:

Please direct any questions to

UT-Austin to offer Kannada, Malayalam, and Telugu for Summer 2021

In cooperation with the South Asia Summer Language Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the South Asia Institute at UT Austin plans to offer online courses in the South Indian languages Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu during summer 2021 at the beginner and intermediate levels. All courses will be offered through UT Extension, but administered through SAI and UT’s Department of Asian Studies. The courses will be available subject to sufficient enrollments and hiring. These intensive language summer courses meet FLAS Fellowship guidelines.

To learn more and apply, please visit their website. The application deadline is May 8.

Learn Nepali at the University of Washington

This two-week intensive online Nepali language program is ideal for those who plan to study abroad, conduct research, work or travel in Nepal. The program will provide an introduction to basic conversational Nepali, the Nepali script, and the foundations of Nepali grammar.

This non-credit course is intended for absolute beginners through intermediate learners. Students will be placed in one of two sections based on proficiency level. (Please note, this course is not intended for advanced Nepali learners.)

Apply by April 30, 2021. For more information and to apply, please visit their website. 
IMPACT! introduces Filipino-American young adults to their roles and responsibilities in becoming engaged in their community and beyond. It provides them with the skills and knowledge to participate in and transform into leaders in the democratic and electoral processes as well as civil society through a series of hands-on and interactive workshops, civic engagement, and placement in professional development positions in Washington DC.   This program would provide these young people with the opportunity to intern/shadow on a national level in various offices of elected officials, public agencies or organizations involved in the political/government/policy influencing arena. The IMPACT! program is one way to achieve this objective by finding a more effective way to support the Filipino American community’s new generations to represent their own community politically and civically.

Overall, the program is 9 weeks of hands-on experience for 6-8 young adults, exposing the participants to the policy process in Washington D.C. and the value and impact of public service with emphasis on the perspectives and interests of Filipino-Americans in the American political system. This experience includes one week of orientation beginning June 7, followed by an 8 week internship at a Washington, DC organization that ends on August 6. Throughout the summer, we mix in additional programming, including workshops, mentorship pairings, networking opportunities, and social/cultural activities. Additionally, participants will receive a $1,000 stipend. Due to the current public health situation, this program will be conducted fully virtually. You can find more information in the attached page and our website.
Job Postings

Language Program Office at UW-Madison hiring a half-time Financial Specialist 

The Language Program Office in the International Division at UW-Madison is excited to announce a search for a half-time Financial Specialist. This position will assist the current Financial Specialist with budgets, invoices, financial reporting, management of grant finances, reimbursements, travel arrangements, account reconciliation, and other duties. More information about the position and how to apply can be found at:

The LPO team is looking for a new member who has demonstrated financial/budget management skills combined with excellent communication and self-motivation. The deadline to apply is 11:55pm Central time on February 10, 2021. Questions? Please contact

We are excited to share with you this opportunity to join the SASLI team as a Hindi - Urdu Pedagogy Specialist. This position will work with the Director of the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Languages Institutes (WISLI) and the Director of the Language Program Office (LPO) to support grant and program activities and ensure programs are meeting stated language proficiency, culture acquisition, and research project outcomes. 

In addition, this position will be involved in designing and delivering pedagogy training to other instructors of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) as well as the development of Hindi and Urdu materials to be used for remote, in-person, or hybrid language classes. 

This is a renewable, full-time position. The application deadline is March 5, 2021. More information and a link to the application can be found here.

All questions can be directed to Anne Naparstek at

American Councils for International Education is hiring short-term Resident Directors for summer language immersion programs abroad for American high school and college students studying one of 15 critical languages including:

Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, and Urdu. 

Resident Directors must be proficient in the target language and typically have experience studying, working, or traveling in the host country. They are responsible for promoting student success by ensuring the health and safety of program participants, helping them to maintain a language policy, and assisting them in acclimating to life in the host country. In-country partner institutes are responsible for administering the academic curriculum. Therefore, the Resident Director position is a non-teaching position. 
A full list of available Resident Director positions is available at

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled. 

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BadgersVote is looking for support staffing our VoterID stations for the Spring Election cycle starting this upcoming Monday. 

These stations will be indoors because of the weather which we recognize may prevent individuals from assisting.

To be eligible to work, you must be a current UW-Madison permanent, part-time or student employee who meets the requirements outlined for the Safer Badgers “Badger Badge.” Please obtain approval from your supervisor before you sign up. Your department will incur the expense for your regular hours worked. The stations will have instructions provided for you on how to support the student as they navigate the voterID website and print their IDs. The primary role of this position is to monitor the station and help sanitize after each use.

Based on UW-Madison’s COVID-19 Response, we are required to comply with the Public Health Protocols Current guidance outline that all employees are required to wear either a reusable cloth or single-use disposable mask while present in any area within campus buildings. In addition, employees are also required to wear a mask while outside in campus spaces. Hand sanitizer will be available at the polling locations, however, you are still expected to follow proper hygiene practices. You are to maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet. Due to the weather conditions all locations will be held indoors for in-person absentee and election day. 

The following link will take you to a where you can sign up to work:

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