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The U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship program supports training in modern foreign languages and related area studies. New and continuing graduate students in all disciplines may apply for academic year and summer awards for all levels of language study. Undergraduates already enrolled at UCLA who will be in student status for the duration of the fellowship, may also apply for both awards but only for Intermediate and Advanced levels of language study. Currently approved SEA languages for FLAS study are Indonesian, Filipino/Tagalog, Khmer, Thai and Vietnamese but students may petition to study other SEA languages in the summer. Students must agree to submit a report at the end of the summer, submit a final language assessment to the U.S. Department of Education, submit to a before and after oral proficiency examination by a designated instructor, and report to the U.S. Department of Education every two years for eight years following graduation on the recipient’s occupation and the extent to which the FLAS language is being used.
Selection for the award is based on the following criteria:
• Academic performance and potential as evidenced by academic transcript, letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose.
• The extent to which overall course of study focuses on Southeast Asian studies.
• The level of planned language study. More advanced levels are preferred, although first-year study is permissible (graduate students only). FLAS awards are not intended for native speakers of the target language. Native speakers are defined as students who have previously done college-level work in the target language.
• Past awardees may reapply.
• Beginning in 2014-15, the U.S. Department of Education is also requesting that preference be given to students demonstrating financial need.
These grants may be combined with supplementary funding from other funding agencies. However in cases of parallel large grants, recipients will have to decide which grant to accept and pairing will not be allowed. Grantees are required to inform the Center of any awards received during the FLAS fellowship period.
Summer awards are for intensive language programs only. They provide a stipend of $2,500 (intended for living and travel expenses), plus tuition and fees to a maximum of $5,000, and (optional) up to $1,000 for travel. FLAS funds may be used for intensive summer language study at UCLA or elsewhere. Non-language programs are not eligible for summer FLAS funding. Dissertation research is not allowed. In order to qualify for funding, the summer intensive language program must last at least 6 weeks and provide at least 140 instructor contact hours for beginning and intermediate level courses, or 120 contact hours for advanced level.
UCLA students applying to the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who desire FLAS funding should apply through the UCLA FLAS application website here rather than through the SEASSI website. However SEASSI applicants should simultaneously apply for other funding as well as for admission directly to SEASSI. Qualified applicants should apply for all possible scholarships to maximize opportunities.
Summer FLAS funding cannot be used to supplement the COTI Advanced Indonesian Abroad program funded by the Fulbright-Hays program, but complete summer FLAS awards can be used to attend the COTI program in Indonesia if a Fulbright-Hays fellowship is not awarded.
To apply for a FLAS fellowship, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Since the purpose of the program is to enrich the nation’s pool of area and international specialists, applicants must be planning to use their training to teach, to serve in government or international agencies or to engage in other work that advances American understanding of other countries. Fellowship recipients must be engaged in full-time study for the duration of their awards.
All requested information on the application should indicate student status as of the proposed fellowship period. (Students cannot receive a summer FLAS fellowship if they have graduated in June, but students who have completed UCLA coursework in June can receive a summer FLAS if they postpone their graduation to September.)
All FLAS applications must be submitted online.
Required information includes:
• a statement of purpose of one or two pages outlining the student’s primary research interest and explaining how language study will enhance the project;
• 2 academic letters of recommendation;
• 1 language evaluation;
• unofficial university transcripts (not URSA);
• resume or CV;
• for summer funding, a budget is required along with information about the language program if not at UCLA
Optional information requested is a FAFSA financial form for 2015 as well as a most-recent financial aid award letter, if applicable.
The deadline for submitting a FLAS fellowship application to UCLA is February 18, 2015.