Grant to Support Innovation in Language Teaching and Learning

Please note that the Spring 2022 deadline has passed.


About the program

The Language Institute is pleased to be able to offer small grants to support innovation to strengthen or enhance language teaching and learning at UW-Madison. Awards are in the range of $500-$1,000.

Funded activities must take place in the 2022-23 academic year or in Summer 2023.

2022-23 areas of emphasis

2022-23 areas of emphasis will be announced soon.

Application deadlines                               

5:00 pm, Friday, October 14, 2022

5:00 pm, Friday, February 17, 2023


UW-Madison faculty or academic staff who teach language courses, coordinate language programs, or provide advising for students studying languages at UW-Madison.

Supported activities and allowable expenses

This grant could be used to:

  • Hire student hourly employees to help with your project
  • Purchase supplies or services that you need to carry out your project
  • Pay for room rentals, AV or catering at an event

The grant cannot be used for travel, or for faculty or academic staff summer or other salary.

All proposed expenses must follow university policies and guidelines for purchasing and payroll. Applicants should use the budget template to prepare and submit their budget. Individuals applying for the grant are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to meet with Language Institute accountant Jana Martin, for a review of their proposed budget before submitting it with the application.

Evaluation criteria

Applications will be reviewed by a committee as soon as possible after each application deadline. The committee will consider the following in reviewing applications and making decisions on awards:

  • Fit with the 2022-23 areas of emphasis
  • Potential to positively impact language teaching and learning at UW-Madison
  • Quality and feasibility of the proposal


Questions about this Language Institute Grant? Contact Jana Martin:


Funding for this program is from the International Division and the Language Institute.

Spring 2022 Grant Recipients

Adeola Agoke, Department of African Cultural Studies (ACS), to develop a project “Dictionary of African Language Pedagogy,” which will provide proficiency-based and contextualized language learning resources for learners of African languages.

Jaerin Ahn, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC), to analyze data from a research study to better understand the transformation of language teaching practices (post-COVID) and their potential influence on language learners.

Saylín Álvarez, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, to produce (working with Spanish 311 classes) bilingual children’s books (Spanish-English) to be electronically published in a digital library and shared with teachers and children in the Madison Metropolitan School District.

Jeanne Schueller, Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic+, to develop a curricular project that aims to impact first- through fourth-semester German curriculum in that it focuses on the development and didacticization of materials that are meaningful and relatable to students and reflect diversity and inclusion.