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Fulbright Hays Grant Awarded to the Department of World Languages and Culture
By Aisiriuwa C. Archield | October 15, 2019
The Department of World Languages and Cultures was awarded a reported $240,000.00 grant for the Fulbright Hays Group Projects Abroad Program. Dr. Leonard Muaka, Associate Professor from the Department of World Languages and Cultures, applied for the Fulbright Hays Study Abroad Grant, in the spring semester of 2019, to enable him to take advanced Swahili students to Tanzania, East Africa during the summer of 2020. The U.S. Department of Education informed him on September 16th, 2019 that his grant application was successful. “It was great news” said Dr. Muaka “The student application process will be open soon and we are welcoming Swahili speakers of all levels”.
This study abroad program will last for the next two years, ending in the summer of 2021. With two trips currently scheduled, the first in summer 2020 followed by the last in summer 2021, students from across Howard University will have an opportunity to spend 8-weeks in East Africa conducting research that will support their area of study. Beginner to advanced level Swahili speakers are encouraged to apply and will not be restricted by their major. “This will be a very competitive process. We will be accepting applications from scholars across the country” said Dr. Muaka. Although students from students nationwide will be consider, Dr. Muaka is persistent about Howard students, who currently have some level of Swahili speaking ability, to apply.
Applicants will be selected by February 2020 for the Summer 2020 trip. The application process is set to begin in October 2019 and more details can be found at on the department’s website, at https://worldlanguagesandcultures.howard.edu/ , and on the Ralph J. Bunche Center for International Affairs http://global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/ .