Educator Funding

The Kansas African Studies Center, one of ten National Resource Centers for African Studies in the nation has different funding opportunities available for Educators from K-12 schools, minority-serving institutions, and community college instructors to attend the Summer African Language Institute under the 2022-2026 U.S Department of Education Title VI grant.

The Kansas African Studies Center has substantial tuition stipends for interested educators to attend the seventh annual Summer African Language Institute (SALI) which will be conducted remotely this summer. Educators from K-12 schools, minority-serving institutions, and community college instructors are particularly encouraged to apply. The Institute runs annually from June to July with intensive language courses Monday through Thursday for four hours per day. Small class sizes allow for maximum individual attention from native speakers trained in language education in a fun and relaxed environment. Courses are taught through the Department of African and African-American Studies.

Courses will be taught remotely:

Elementary Arabic 110 & 120                      Intermediate Arabic 210 & 220

Elementary Kiswahili 110 & 120                  Intermediate Kiswahili 210 & 220

Elementary Wolof 110 & 120                       Intermediate Wolof 210 & 220              


For more information regarding these languages, visit our Summer African Language Institute page.


Several stipends of $3,000 each for teachers will be awarded. Classes at the beginner level are 10 credits split between two summer sessions, while classes at the intermediate level are 6 credits split between two summer sessions. 


To apply:


Submit a statement of no more than 500-words that addresses the following:

  • School Details: name, school, location, and subject/level taught, description of student body
  • Desired language of study and level (Beginner, Intermediate), explanation of why you wish to learn this language
  • What outcomes do you expect from the Institute and how will language acquisition of an African language help you in your role as an educator?
  • How do you intend to incorporate the language into your curriculum or other professional duties? 
  • Provide any other relevant information if space allows


Send questions, and your statement (in a Word document) to KASC Assistant Director, Doreen M. Siilo, Please contact her with any questions as well. Application deadline is Monday, April 19th  2024.