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Graduate School of Education Receives Fulbright Hays Award for 2021 Group Project in China


Note that this program was initially scheduled for summer 2020 and has been postponed until 2021. The change in dates is reflected in the press release below.

The University at Buffalo, Department of Learning and Instruction, has received a Fulbright-Hays award from the US Department of Education to fund a short-term group project abroad in China in summer 2021. The Project will provide Mandarin language and Chinese culture immersion classes, seminars, tutoring, home-like stays, and guided sight visits through a six-week intensive immersion stay in Beijing. The expected dates for the Overseas Phase of the Project are July 5 – August 18, 2021. The Project will also include Pre-departure Phase (Spring 2021) and Post-travel/Follow-up Phase (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022) activities at the University at Buffalo. A concurrent research study will determine participants’ language gains, perceptions of and increases in knowledge about Chinese culture, and personal/professional transformation.

The Project is opened to Western NY educators in the field of Mandarin as a foreign language;  second and foreign language education, bilingual education, global and/or international studies. It is also opened to undergraduate seniors committed to pursuing a Master’s degree in education, Mandarin as a foreign language, foreign languages, international education, and or Chinese language and culture. Language instruction will be offered at HSK levels 1-4 (beginning to intermediate), so the Project will not be appropriate for native, first language or high proficiency level speakers of Mandarin Chinese.

Applicants must participate in pre-departure guided activities that include Mandarin language and Chinese culture classes, lectures, celebrations, and individual tutoring. Selected participants must also attend orientation workshops to prepare them for the overseas experience and to collect data for the research study. Post-travel activities will be implemented to collect data and to help participants integrate Mandarin language and Chinese culture content into their academic programs and/or schools, such as the development of a theme-based curriculum unit, the publication of an article, a school or conference presentation, etc.

Scholarships will cover tuition, internet access and enrollment fee, lodging, airfare (up to $1,900) and meals (¥56 per day). Students must cover any additional air traveling expenses (students must travel as a group), books, additional meal expenses, visa, passport, health insurance and related expenses, local transportation, other personal and miscellaneous expenses, etc.

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Ten participants will be selected and funded with Fulbright Hays scholarships to participate in this Project. Applicants are encouraged to apply soon so they can begin their pre-departure activities.

The Project is a collaborative effort between the UB Graduate School of Education, Department of Learning and Instruction, and Gengdan Institute of Beijing, University of Technology of China. Additional collaborators are: UB Confucius Institute (Office of Chinese Language Council-Hanban), Center for Comparative and Global Education, and the Office of the Vice-Provost for International Education. Dr. Lilliam Malavé, from the Department of Learning and Instruction, is the principal investigator and Project director.

We encourage eligible students, teachers  and educators to apply and/or forward this announcement to colleagues who might be interested. For additional information, view the Fulbright-Hays Mandarin Language and Chinese Culture Immersion Project webpage at

or contact Dr. Lilliam Malave at