Language Institute Grant to Support Innovation in Language Teaching and Learning

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 2019-20 academic year or the Summer 2020.

Recipients may be asked to share their experiences with their project in brownbag panels.

Application deadline

The application deadline for this grant was October 1, 2019. Please contact us if you have questions about applying in the future.


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, payroll, etc. Individuals applying for the grant are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to meet with Language Institute financial specialist Malliga Somasundaram,, for a review of their proposed budget before submitting it with an 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:

  • 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:, 890-4585.


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

Congratulations to 2019-20 Grant Recipients!

Julie Larson-Guenette, Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic, to support curriculum development focused on letters and letter-writing

Rajiv Rao, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, to create audio samples of speakers from different parts of the Spanish-speaking world