Chinese Language Flagship Program

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Scholarships & Fellowships

All Chinese Flagship Scholars are eligible for Flagship Scholarships that support them for intensive summer study of the language, as well as the Capstone Year in China. Flagship Scholars must fill out the following financial aid paperwork annually to be considered:

  • FAFSA (Priority Deadline March 1)

Based on the information provided in the FAFSA, the University of Rhode Island will prepare a financial aid package most likely featuring a combination of grants, scholarships, and student loans.  If a student is admitted to the Chinese Flagship Program, he or she may also apply for Flagship Scholarships for summer study and the Capstone Year in China. URI Army ROTC students who participate in the Flagship Program are also eligible for Army Foreign Language Flagship Scholarships.

The URI Office of Enrollment Service’s Financial Aid site has a good overview of the financial aid process.

External Scholarships

Flagship Scholars really stand out in competitive national scholarships meant to support students for their time abroad.

Below is a listing of some of these opportunities. Keep in mind that deadlines may be as many as 18 months prior to planned departure!

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Up to $8,000. Must be a U.S. Citizen receiving a Pell Grant. The Gilman Scholarship Program seeks to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go.

Rotary International

Program varies but typically provides a flat grant of US$25,000 for one academic year of study in another country.

NSEP Boren Awards for International Study

Funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Up to $20,000.

Beatrice S. Demers Foreign Language Fellows Program

For Rhode Island residents and anyone who is a student at a Rhode Island college or university who wishes to pursue foreign language study. Applicants can be undergraduate students, graduate students, professors, educators, or other residents of Rhode Island. Successful applicants will all share one thing: a passion for developing fluency in another language. The scholarship may support the costs of tuition, fees, travel, housing, and living expenses.Deadline for application: January 13.

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships

Up to $10,000 for current undergraduates who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks. Multiple scholarships opportunities; U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents eligible for funding. Deadline for application: January 11.


Visit the URI Office of National Scholarships for a more complete listing.

Flagship Scholarships

All awards are competitive and dependent on the availability of funds.

Applications Due by March 31 for summer and following AY awards.

In order to apply for a Flagship Scholarship for the following summer or academic year, submit an online application by March 31, including a current resume and a letter of application explaining your reasons for applying to the indicated programs; an honest assessment of your financial situation, including how you finance your studies, what level of loan commitments you already have and what financial aid you qualify for; and why you think the Chinese Flagship Program should support you with scholarship aid for this program. Click here to start your Flagship Scholarship application.

Eligibility Criteria for All Awards:

  • URI Flagship Student
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3
  • Commitment to the Flagship Program, demonstrated through:
    • involvement in extracurricular activities related to the target language and culture
    • leadership and community involvement
  • Proof of application for other awards, i.e., Gilman, Boren, Demers.

Flagship Summer Scholarships and Merit Awards

Domestic Summer – for study at the URI Chinese Flagship Immersion Program or Indiana University Flagship Chinese Institute (FCI)

  • Chinese OPI Level: Novice High and above
  • URI Course Prerequisite: CHN 112 (H)
  • An additional post-summer merit award is also available for those who achieve:
    • Intermediate Mid or higher
    • Summer course grade of A- or higher

Overseas Summer – for study in a Flagship-approved summer program

  • Chinese OPI Level:  Intermediate High and above
  • URI Course Prerequisite:  CHN 216 or above
    • Summer scolarship
    • An additional post-summer merit award is also available for those who achieve:
      • Advanced Low or higher
      • Summer course grade of B+ or higher

Flagship Capstone Year Scholarships

Flagship Student Ambassador Fellowship

Flagship Student Ambassadors serve as resources for Chinese Flagship Program marketing and recruitment efforts. They represent the program in an engaged, professional manner to current and prospective students and their families, as well as company representatives, international delegations (i.e. from partner universities), alumni, and to the university and surrounding communities. Ambassadors may also create program-related materials. They receive a scholarship for exemplary service at the discretion of the program directors.

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