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FLAS Fellowships

 

Please note that CEES covers Europe (including Turkey), Russia, and the former Soviet republics.

 

Academic Year FLAS Fellowships

Note: Academic year FLAS fellowships are contingent upon renewed funding from the US Department of Education Title VI International and Foreign Language Education program.

The U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship program supports training in modern foreign languages and related area studies for undergraduate and graduate students working on Europe and Eurasia. Academic-year graduate awards provide a $15,000 stipend as well as in-state registration fees and tuition. The undergraduate award provides a stipend of $5,000 and up to $10,000 for fees.

The fellowship requires that students take language and pertinent area studies courses for a letter grade during the academic year if in residence at UCLA. Currently approved languages for academic year study include, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Catalan, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Bosnian/ Croatian/ Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. Undergraduate students studying the target language at the intermediate or advanced level (2nd year or above) are eligible for FLAS awards. Undergraduate students studying French, German or Spanish at any level are not eligible for FLAS awards.

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 intend to use their training to teach, to serve in government or international agencies, or to engage in private sector or non-profit work that advances American understanding of other countries. Fellowship recipients must be engaged in full-time study for the duration of their awards and must submit reports on the courses they pursue and the progress they make.

Read the FLAS FAQs HERE.

Application Procedures
All FLAS applications must be submitted online. All supporting materials, including letters of recommendation and language proficiency evaluation must be received by the application deadline listed below. Late or incomplete applications will be deleted from the system and will not be considered for funding.

All required information should reflect your status during the fellowship period. Required supporting documents must be submitted in .doc or .pdf formats, with the file extension appended (e.g. “Joe Bruin CV.doc”). Our application system currently does not support any other file formats.

Required information:

  • a statement of purpose of no more than two pages of double-spaced text in 12-point font describing your research and language study plans and explaining how language study will enhance your training and career goals. Your description must demonstrate how the combination of your language study and research will advance knowledge of modern European or Eurasian societies, histories, or cultures.
  • 2 academic letters of recommendation
  • 1 language evaluation or proficiency certification (cannot be from the same person writing either of the 2 academic letters of recommendation)
    Note: If you are currently not studying the language but have done so in the past, please contact the appropriate language department to obtain an evaluation (e.g. if you are applying for Russian FLAS, contact the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures to schedule a proficiency evaluation).
  • unofficial university transcripts (not an URSA grade progress report)
    Note: Unofficial transcripts may be obtained in person only at the Registrar's Office, 1113 Murphy Hall with photo ID.
  • Curriculum Vitae (no more than three pages of text in 12-point font)

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 19, 11:59 pm

 

Summer FLAS Fellowships

The U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship program supports training in modern foreign languages and related area studies for undergraduate and graduate students working on Europe and Eurasia. Currently approved languages for summer study include, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Catalan, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. Undergraduate students studying the target language at the intermediate or advanced level (2nd year or above) are eligible for FLAS awards. Undergraduate students studying French, German or Spanish at any level are not eligible for FLAS awards. Graduate students at the beginning level are considered for overseas language study only if an appropriate equivalent language program in the student’s target language is not available in the US.

FLAS funds may be used for intensive summer language study at UCLA or elsewhere. Non-language programs are not eligible for FLAS funding. Award amounts include up to $5000 for tuition and fees and $2500 for living expenses. If funds remain after all of the fellowships have been awarded, up to $1000 for travel expenses may be available for select recipients. In order to qualify for funding, the intensive language program must last at least 6 weeks, provide the equivalent of a full academic year of instruction, and provide at least 140 contact hours for beginning and intermediate level, or 120 contact hours for advanced level coursework.

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.

Read the FLAS FAQs HERE.

Application Procedures

All FLAS applications must be submitted online. All supporting materials, including letters of recommendation and language proficiency evaluation must be received by the application deadline listed below. Late or incomplete applications will be deleted from the system and will not be considered for funding.

All required information should reflect your status during the fellowship period. Required supporting documents must be submitted in .doc or .pdf formats with the file extension appended (e.g. “Joe Bruin CV.doc”). Our application system currently does not support any other file formats.

Required information:

  • a statement of purpose of no more than two pages of double-spaced text in 12-point font describing your research and language study plans and explaining how language study will enhance your training and career goals. Your description must demonstrate how the combination of your language study and research will advance knowledge of modern European or Eurasian societies, histories, or cultures. You must also provide the following information about the program: a) start and end dates, b) total number of weeks, c) total number of contact hours, and d) link to the program website or to a brochure describing the program.
  • 2 academic letters of recommendation
  • 1 language evaluation or proficiency certification (cannot be from the same person writing either of the 2 academic letters of recommendation)
    Note: If you are currently not studying the language but have done so in the past, please contact the appropriate language department to obtain an evaluation (e.g. if you are applying for Russian FLAS, contact the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures to schedule a proficiency evaluation).
  • unofficial university transcripts (not an URSA grade progress report)
    Note: Unofficial transcripts may be obtained in person only at the Registrar's Office, 1113 Murphy Hall with photo ID.
  • Curriculum Vitae (no more than three pages of text in 12-point font)
  • itemized budget (include items such as tuition and fees, room and board, transportation costs, etc.)

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 11:59 pm

 

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