Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Summer , USA

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Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

Study Subject : Foreign Language and Area Studies

Employer : University of California

Level :  Undergraduate, Graduate

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide funding to students to encourage the study of critical and less commonly taught foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies or international aspects of professional studies.

These fellowships are funded with grants from the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

The purpose of the FLAS program is to promote the training of students who intend to make their careers in college or university teaching, government service, or other employment where knowledge of foreign languages and cultures is essential.

At UC Berkeley, funding for FLAS Fellowships is provided by seven Title VI National Resource Centers representing various world areas, including: Africa, East Asia, Eastern Europe/Russia/Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

Information about the specific FLAS-eligible languages supported is included in the attached list of world area centers.

Summer FLAS Fellowships are available to graduate students and, where eligible, to undergraduate students at the intermediate or advanced level of a critical or less commonly taught language.

Students must consult the attached list of world area centers for specific eligibility and application details relevant to the proposed language of study.

The summer FLAS award should provide each fellow with the equivalent of a full academic year’s worth of language instruction.

Students at the beginning and intermediate levels must have at least 140 contact hours, while advanced students must have at least 120 contact hours of language study. All language instruction programs must meet for a minimum of 6 weeks. Summer awards are not available for dissertation research.

Graduate students wishing to use an award for a formal study abroad program must be at the intermediate or advanced level of language proficiency, or at the beginning level if an appropriate beginning language program is not available in the U.S. Where eligible, undergraduate students may use an award only for a formal study abroad program at the intermediate or advanced level of a critical or less commonly taught language.

Prior approval from the U.S. Department of Education is required for all FLAS language study abroad.

Eligibility for Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship :

Eligible applicants must be students and citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. Students in programs that combine modern language training with 1) area or international studies, or 2) research and training in the international aspects of professional or other fields of study, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, are encouraged to apply.

Lowest consideration is given to: 1) students who already possess language fluency equivalent to educated native speakers in the language for which the award is sought, including dissertators; and 2) students who are taking the first 12 semester hours or the equivalent in Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

Where eligible, undergraduate FLAS awards may only be given for the intermediate or advanced study of a critical or less commonly taught language.

Eligibility for undergraduate FLAS awards and additional requirements vary by language and world area. Consult the attached list of world area centers for details.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Application Deadline : 24 January 2011