STARTALK Career Pathways: Connecting Heritage Learners to Federal Careers 

STARTALK Career Pathways: Connecting Heritage Learners to Federal Careers is a project funded as part of the STARTALK initiative to increase the learning of critical languages in order to build workforce capacity in the federal government to meet national security needs.

This project provides resources that highlight federal career opportunities for heritage language learners of Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian, and Russian. We define a heritage language learner as someone with a cultural or family relationship to a language that is not the dominant language used outside of the home. 

Our resources include podcasts, videos, interactive guides, and other materials to help you learn about different federal government jobs where you can use your language skills and how to prepare for and find these jobs. Although our materials feature specific languages and the strengths and experiences of heritage language learners, they are designed to help any language learner interested in federal career opportunities.

Eligible U.S. high school students can apply to NSLI-Y to compete for a merit scholarship to study a target language in a host country in summer 2024 or Academic Year 2024-25. The application deadline is November 2, 2023. 

The National Security Agency has several language intern programs currently open for high-schoolers and undergrads, with deadlines ranging from October 15-31, 2023. More information is available at 

China Institute website: China Institute  

International Summer School Programs of Chinese Universities 2024

Please find your favorite program and the right scholarship, watch out the application due date:

Summer School programs of Chinese Universities link

2024 Cross-Cultural Study Tours 

The Center for Bridging Cultures (CBC) is pleased to announce its 2024 Spring and Summer Cross-Cultural Study Tour program. This program will offer students a multi-faceted understanding of both traditional and contemporary aspects of Chinese culture while immersing them in the Chinese language environment. In addition, students will be able to engage with Chinese peers, making lifelong friendships and sharing common interests as a first step toward global citizenship. If you want to take part in meaningful cultural explorations and immersive Chinese language learning experiences with other passionate students, this program is for you! We are looking forward to your application! 

Cold outside? Hot new resources 4 language educators! 

Cold outside? Hot new resources 4 language educators! 



These awards, offered by the National LCTL Resource Center (NLRC) and generously funded by the Michigan State University Online Graduate Programs in Foreign Language Teaching (MAFLT and Certificate), recognize outstanding, innovative, and transformative uses of technology in the teaching of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs). For the purposes of this award, we consider LCTLs anything other than English and the commonly taught world languages of French, German, and Spanish. Three prizes ranging between $250 and $500 will be awarded this year. Last year’s award winners are featured on our blog.


All LCTL instructors are eligible to apply for this award, either as individuals or as part of a team. To be considered, innovative uses of technology must have been implemented in courses running between Summer 2022 and Fall 2023. Eligible innovations could have been implemented in online, blended, or F2F courses. Both K-12 and Higher Ed LCTL instructors are encouraged to apply.


If you would like to be considered for the award, please fill out the entry form below. If you would like to nominate someone else, feel free to contact Luca Giupponi (, who will follow up with the nominee. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee comprised of MAFLT faculty and personnel from the National LCTL Resource Center (NLRC) at Michigan State University. 

Entry Information

Any technology-based practice used in a LCTL course is eligible for consideration. Innovations can be the course as a whole but also a smaller element such as a project, task, or assessment. Entries were reviewed and evaluated according to the criteria listed in the MAFLT LCTL Innovation Award rubric. The following components are required for each submission:


Applicants must submit their application by January 31st, 2024. The awards will be presented at the Shared LCTL Symposium, which will be held in conjunction with the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) Annual Conference in Chicago on April 18, 2024 from 1-5:30pm. Attendance at the symposium and award ceremony is encouraged, but it is not mandatory in order to accept the award.

Grant application for language teachers: $5000-$10000

Grant Application Deadline: January 18, 2024 at 5:00PM Central 

ACTFL connects

CLTA ( Chinese Language Teachers Association) 

KWLA ( Kentucky World Languages Association)

United States Heartland China Association 


Heartland Chinese Teacher Awards: 


Westlake University , Hangzhou, China:

Please search for the scholarship you can apply for to prepare yourself for your future career。