Stipends and Scholarships

Note: The following information is from the 2019 Summer Institute program. The information about stipends and scholarships will be updated for 2020 at a later date.

8th Annual Teaching Excellence in Action in Minnesota (TEAM) K-12 Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: March 29, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) are again collaborating to offer a scholarship for free attendance to a CARLA summer institute to a selected group of K-12 Minnesota language teachers through the Teaching Excellence in Action in Minnesota (TEAM) Scholarship Program.

The full line-up of institutes can be found on the CARLA summer institute website.


Program Information:

  • K-12 world language and ESL teachers who are currently teaching in Minnesota are eligible to apply. (Please note that not all CARLA summer institutes are appropriate for ESL teachers.)
  • Applicants must propose a follow-up activity based on the content of the summer institute. It can be either an outreach activity (e.g. presentation to colleagues at school/district/conference) or a classroom-based project (e.g. create new lesson/unit to use with students).
  • Awardees will be required to submit a short reflection form detailing the impact of their completed scholarship activity.
  • All follow-up activities should be completed by December 16, 2019 to be eligible for a $100 payment as described below. Extensions will be available for projects that take longer to implement.

Note: Applications are evaluated based on the stated need, the quality of the proposed follow-up activity, and the thoroughness of the submission.

Financial Information:

  • Teachers who are selected to participate will be obligated to pay a $50 non-refundable commitment fee–the rest of the registration cost will be waived (a $300 value).
  • Teachers who attend the institute, complete their proposed project/outreach event, and submit a short reflection form by December 16, 2019 will be eligible for a payment of $100. This amount will cover the cost of the $50 commitment fee and other miscellaneous costs associated with attending the institute (e.g. parking). Sorry, we are not able to pay for costs of travel/accommodations.

Important Dates:


  • Application deadline is March 29, 2019.
  • Teachers will be notified by April 12, 2019 whether they have been selected to receive a TEAM scholarship to attend a CARLA summer institute.


Apply online now!




The TEAM Scholarship Program is cosponsored by CARLA and the MN Department of Education.

Note: CARLA wishes to recognize Carole and Jim Hynes for their generous support of this scholarship program to benefit Minnesota language teachers.

University of Minnesota Instructors of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Scholarship Program


Application Deadline: March 29, 2019

CARLA offers LCTL instructors who currently teach at the University of Minnesota (UM) a special scholarship to attend one of the CARLA summer institutes. Instructors will be required to pay a non-refundable $50 commitment fee, but the balance of the institute cost will be paid by CARLA–a value of $300!

Program Information:

  • A limited number of scholarships will be awarded to current UM LCTL faculty and staff on a first-come, first-served basis until March 29, 2019.
  • Each LCTL teacher may apply for only one scholarship per year and only current UM instructors may apply. Note: A LCTL is any language except English, French, German, and Spanish.
  • LCTL teachers who have affiliated status with the University's College in the Schools program and teach K-12 students outside of the University should apply to the CARLA/MDE Minnesota Teacher Professional Development Scholarship Program for K-12 teachers. See information below.

To apply for a CARLA summer institute LCTL scholarship:

  1. Fill out the UM LCTL Instructor Scholarship Request Form. You will need to sign in using your U of MN user ID.
  2. CARLA will review your request. If you meet the selection criteria, CARLA will send you a registration code to activate your scholarship within 10 business days of submission.
  3. Register online for the institute using the special code. You will be required to pay a non-refundable $50 commitment fee at the time of registration.

Questions? Contact the CARLA office.

Don't delay! Some of the CARLA summer institutes fill up quickly.


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