FLAS

European Union Center Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships 


Applications are being accepted for Summer 2018 and Academic Year 2018-19*

 

Deadline for Applications: Friday, January 26, 2018 at 11:59 pm

 

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM for Academic Year 2018-19 and Summer 2018 is available on the University of Illinois FLAS Fellowships website.

 

FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies. Funding for these fellowships is provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Program. FLAS Fellowships are administered by University of Illinois International and Area Studies Centers and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply.

 

FLAS fellowships can be used to study abroad or on campus.

 

FLAS recipients must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents and enrolled full-time. During the academic year, fellows must take a language course and an area studies course each semester. During the summer, fellows must complete the equivalent of one year of language study.

 

ELIGIBLE LANGAUGES

EUC FLAS fellowships may be used for the study of many languages, including**:

Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, French (graduate students only), German (graduate students only), Modern Greek, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian-Bosnian-Croatian, Spanish (graduate students only), Swedish, Turkish, or Ukrainian.

 

Undergraduate fellowships are NOT available for Spanish, French, or German. Undergraduate fellowships are only available for intermediate to advanced (2nd year +) study of less commonly taught European languages (LCTLs); i.e., any modern foreign language other than Spanish, German, or French. Applicants must be able to take the language course at least at the 2nd year (intermediate) during the term of the fellowship.

 

Graduate students might apply to study any one of the languages listed above at the beginners level if they already have proficiency in another language listed above. Otherwise, graduate fellowships are only available for intermediate to advanced (2nd year +) study of the languages listed above and applicants must be able to take the language course at least at the 2nd year (intermediate) during the term of the fellowship. 

 

FLAS ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019*

  • Graduate students: may receive full tuition and fee waiver and a stipend of $15,000 payable over the academic year. Eligibility for tuition waiver varies by home department and school.
  • Undergraduate students: may receive $10,000 towards tuition and fees to study at the University of Illinois and a stipend of $5,000.

FLAS SUMMER 2018

  • Graduate and undergraduate students: The awards carry a stipend of $2,500 plus $5,000 that can be used for tuition and fees to study a language.

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Applicants are judged on their record of academic achievement.
  • Demonstrated and proposed commitment to EU language and area studies.
  • Statement of purpose describing how the proposed language study fits in with your thesis, dissertation research project or degree program and how it relates to EU Studies as a field of study. Statement should also illustrate how you intend to use the language and how the language and area study will contribute to your ultimate career goals. Please also describe your previous language learning experiences (formal and informal)
  • Recommendation letters (3 letters; preferably one from your academic advisor and one from a language instructor when possible; the third letter can be from an instructor/professor of your own choice)
  • Transcript(s)

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS 

  1. Online Application Form is available on the University of Illinois FLAS Fellowships website.
  2. Statement of purpose (max 2 pages)
  3. Three recommendation letters (preferably one from your academic advisor and one from a language instructor when possible; the third letter can be from an instructor/professor of your own choice)
  4. Transcripts (Undergraduate and Graduate – unofficial transcripts are acceptable)

FLAS INFORMATION SESSIONS  

Information sessions will cover the requirements and deadlines and provide opportunities for students to ask questions of the FLAS coordinators. In addition, you can get tips on how to write a successful application; what supporting documents you need; and who is appropriate for a recommendation.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | 4pm
100 Gregory Hall
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | 4pm
319 Gregory Hall
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Deadline for Applications: Friday, January 26, 2018 at 11:59 pm

 

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM for Academic Year 2018-19 and Summer 2018 is available on the University of Illinois FLAS Fellowships website.

 

For more information, to apply for FLAS Fellowships, and to see the list of Centers awarding FLAS fellowships and eligible languages through other Centers please visit the
University of Illinois Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship website.


QUESTIONS?
CONTACT EUC Associate Director and FLAS coordinator Dr. Sebnem Ozkan (217-244-0570 or asozkan@illinois.edu)

 

To see current and past FLAS Fellows, please visit this webpage


The U.S. Department of Education, which underwrites the FLAS program, has not yet notified us, or any other college or university in the United States, about our allocation for the 2018-2022 FLAS funding cycle, which includes the coming academic year (2018-19). In anticipation of receiving this funding, the application will include all University of Illinois FLAS Fellowship-granting Centers that have applied for Title VI FLAS Fellowship allocations; however, a Center, including the European Union Center CANNOT guarantee an academic year fellowship without notification of their FLAS allocation. Summer 2018 funding is already granted for the European Union Center.

** Language availability may vary each year depending on what courses are offered by the University of Illinois and U.S. Department of Education approval.