African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI)

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 12:00 AM (EDT) to Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 1:00 AM (EDT)

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Dear Colleagues,

 

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to provide you with application materials for the development of the African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI). The successful proposal will demonstrate capacity to provide domestic intensive summer language instruction in Akan/Twi, French, Swahili, Wolof and Zulu, followed by fall overseas language instruction in French and Swahili at a variety of levels. The program’s purpose is to help meet the critical need for specialists in a range of professional fields who can operate at the advanced proficiency level in these major African languages.

 

The Language Flagship is a major initiative of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and has successfully launched new and innovative programs of advanced instruction in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, and Russian. The Regional Flagship Languages Initiative is a related program designed to increase the number of Boren Scholars and Fellows engaged in the study of Akan/Twi, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu, Wolof and Zulu. IIE considers it a distinct pleasure to serve as the administrative agent for this important effort.

 

NSEP was created by Congress in 1991 to address the need to increase the ability of Americans to communicate and compete globally by knowing languages and cultures of other countries.  NSEP recognizes that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the new challenges of a global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

 

Program and application guidelines for this solicitation are available here. We ask that you share this information with colleagues and any other individuals or entities that may be interested in this opportunity. 

 

Please note that the deadline for the receipt of proposals is 4:30 p.m. (ET), Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

 

A technical assistance webinar will be offered on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. (ET). To register, please email flagship@iie.org.

 

Additional information about the Regional Flagship Languages Initiatives can be found at https://www.nsep.gov/ and https://www.borenawards.org/.  We look forward to receiving your applications.