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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 not have graduated by the start 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. (Khmer is not taught at UCLA but can be available via distance learning from UC Berkeley.) Students must also agree to submit quarterly reports on their progress, submit a year-end 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 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.
Academic year fellowships are awarded for nine months and provide a stipend ($15,000 for graduate students and $5,000 for undergraduates) as well as registration fees and tuition. Graduate students may receive up to $18,000; undergraduates receive $10,000 toward their fees.
The Academic Year fellowship requires that students take Southeast Asia language and area studies courses for a letter grade unless doing dissertation research. Independent Studies are allowed for area courses. It is expected that AY fellowships will be used at UCLA unless specific approval is given. AY awards may be used for dissertation research at UCLA or abroad for students at the advanced level of language proficiency, but this must be approved in advance.
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 FLAS if they have already graduated from UCLA.)
All FLAS applications must be submitted online.
Required information includes:
• a statement of purpose outlining research and language study plans 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
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.