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The Latin American Institute administers the federally-funded Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program for Latin America at UCLA. Summer FLAS fellowships support intensive language study in the U.S. and abroad for Quechua, Portuguese, Nahuatl and Advanced Spanish.
FLAS fellowships are provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program. The purpose of the program is to enrich the nation’s pool of area and international specialists equipped with foreign language skills. Applicants should intend to use their training to serve in government, international or non-governmental agencies, or to engage in other work that advances American understanding of other countries.
To apply, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Undergraduate students must study the language at the intermediate or advanced level to apply. Graduate students may study target languages at the beginning, intermediate or advanced level, however, FLAS awards cannot be used to study abroad at the beginning level unless there is no equivalent program available in the United States.
Fellows will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, language ability, significance and applicability of proposed course of study, commitment to apply language and area studies in future career, strength of recommendations, and national demands to train specialists in particularly critical fields. In addition to the aforementioned, high consideration will be given to students who demonstrate financial need and those who plan to go into government service.Summer Award
The award provides up to $5,000 towards tuition and fees (excluding room and board) as well as a subsistence stipend of $2,500. Summer FLAS Requirements
• Summer FLAS fellowships can only be used for intensive language study programs in the U.S. or abroad. All language programs must be approved by the U.S. Department of State and be a minimum of six weeks in length. A minimum of 140 contact hours is required for beginning and intermediate level students, or 120 contact hours for advanced level students.
• Undergraduate students must study the target languages at the intermediate or advanced level during the award period.
• Graduate students may not use a FLAS award for a beginning level language program abroad unless there is no equivalent program available in the United States.
• Spanish must always be studied at the advanced level and has the lowest priority.
• Students cannot receive a summer FLAS fellowship if they will graduate June 2015.
• Summer FLAS is not available for dissertation research. Summer awards are intended to support intensive language study and should not be used for research purposes or to participate in an internship program.
• Recipients are required to complete pre- and post-award assessment and language proficiency reports for the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, recipients will be surveyed every two years for eight years following graduation regarding their employment and the extent to which the FLAS language is being used.Application Procedures
All FLAS applications must be submitted online. Required information includes:
• 1-2 page (double spaced) statement of purpose describing how study of the region and proposed language will enhance your academic and/or research interests, is relevant to your overall professional and career goals, and aligns with the purpose of the FLAS program.
• Two academic letters of recommendation
• Unofficial university transcripts including most recent coursework (not URSA)
• Resume or CV
• Language evaluation (required unless you have no previous experience with the language –graduate students only)
•Financial aid documents: 2015-2016 FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and your most recent Financial Aid Letter. (Optional but highly encouraged)
• Detailed Program Budget
• Summer Program Information: Program name, start/end date, total number of weeks, total number of contact hours and link to program website and/or program brochureLanguage Evaluator Information:
For Quechua: Please contact Luz Maria de la Torre (email@example.com
For Portuguese: Please have your current (or most recent) instructor/TA conduct the evaluation.
For Spanish: Please contact a UCLA faculty member or teaching assistant from the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.
For Nahuatl: Please contact David Arriaza (firstname.lastname@example.org
) prior to applying.
Prospective UCLA students (applicants who are not currently at UCLA and have applied for graduate or transfer admission): Please have a language instructor at your current/former institution or local university conduct a language evaluation.View Sample Language Evaluation & Instructions
The deadline for submitting a FLAS application is February 19, 2015.