The federally-funded and regulated Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship program supports graduate training in modern foreign languages and related area studies.
Continuing students in all disciplines may apply for academic year and summer awards. Academic year awards provide a $14,000 stipend with registration fees or nonresident tuition provided by departments or other units. Summer awards can provide a stipend of $2,400 and fees to a maximum of $3,600. Currently approved area programs are Africa, East Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Currently approved languages include, for Africa: Hausa, Swahili, Wolof, and Zulu; for East Asia: Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean; for Europe/Eurasia: Armenian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian/Croatian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Uzbek; for Latin America: Spanish, Portuguese, and Quechua; for the Middle East: Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish; and for Southeast Asia: Indonesian, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.
Application procedures vary depending on the area. Detailed instructions are available from the UCLA International Institute centers administering the awards (a list is below). In general, interested and eligible students should begin by completing the 2004-2005 Fellowship Application for Continuing Graduate Students and submitting a statement of purpose outlining one's study plans. Applicants are further required to secure three letters of recommendation, one of which must include an assessment of the applicant's skills in and aptitude for the target language. Some areas require additional materials such as transcripts and GRE or similar scores. The application, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and other materials should be submitted to the applicant's department or school by January 9, 2004. Departments and schools review these materials and submit them to the appropriate Center.
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 and must submit reports on the courses they pursue and the progress they make.
Except for the European and Eurasian program, the FLAS submission deadline is January 9, 2004. Contact Institute centers for more information.
Published: Wednesday, February 25, 2004
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