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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, supporting graduate and undergraduate training in Quechua, Portuguese, and Advanced Spanish combined with area studies. Note: 2013-2014 Academic Year Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships are contingent upon renewed funding from the US Department of Education Title VI program.
To apply for a FLAS fellowship, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 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. Applicants must be planning to use their training to teach, serve in government or international agencies, or engage in other work that advances American understanding of other countries.Fellowship Awards
The graduate awards provides a $15,000 stipend and up to $18,000 towards tuition and fees.
The undergraduate award provides a stipend of $5,000 and up to $10,000 in tuition. Undergraduate students must study target languages at the intermediate or advanced level to be eligible to apply. Academic Year FLAS Requirements
• The Academic Year FLAS fellowship requires recipients to be enrolled as full-time students (minimum of 12 units) each quarter and to be registered in both a language course and an area/international studies course with Latin American content each quarter. Courses must be taken for a letter grade. Independent Study courses are not accepted.
• With approval from the Department of Education, awards may be used for dissertation research if the applicant is at the advanced level of language proficiency.
• Recipients are required to complete a pre-award self-evaluation at the beginning of the academic year and a performance report at the end of the award period.Application Procedures
All FLAS applications must be submitted online. Required information includes:
• 1-2 page (double spaced) statement of purpose outlining proposed research and language study plans and an explanation of how language study will enhance the project and/or is relevant to your academic and professional/career goals.
• two letters of recommendation
• a language evaluation
• unofficial university transcripts including most recent coursework (not URSA)
• applicant’s resume or CV
The deadline for submitting a FLAS fellowship application is February 19, 2014.