Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
The Center for Global Studies (CGS), administers academic year and summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships under a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education, National Resource Centers. Brief bios of current FLAS Fellows can be found on the FLAS Fellows page.
The objective of the CGS FLAS program is to provide graduate and undergraduate students of exceptional promise with the critical language and cultural skills they need to enter the global workforce upon graduation. Students in all disciplines are eligible to apply for CGS FLAS awards.
The application cycle for Summer 2013 and AY 2013-14 awards is currently closed. Please check back in October for 2014 award information.
Upcoming Events for FLAS Fellows
Orientation for Summer 2013 Fellows
May 2, 2013
11:30a.m. - 1:00p.m.
Colonial Room, Illini Union
Orientation for AY 2013-14 Fellows
August 22, 2013
11:30a.m. - 1:00p.m.
Colonial Room, Illini Union
All application materials must be submitted electronically.
Access the online application here: http://www.flas.illinois.edu.
- Eligible Languages
- Applicant Eligibility
- Selection Criteria
- Application Procedures & Requirements
- CGS FLAS Contact
- Graduate students receive full tuition, mandatory fees, and a stipend of $15,000 during the academic year;
- Undergraduates receive $10,000 towards tuition and fees and a stipend of $5,000 during the academic year.
Summer awards cover full tuition for a summer language program as well as required Illinois fees and a $2,500 stipend. Combined tuition and Illinois fees can't exceed $5,000. In some cases, a travel award may also be made.
Chinese and Japanese
All applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents (green card).
- Evidence that language training is needed to further the applicant's study of global issues and problems;
- Extent to which the applicant's current planned academic program is focused on global issues and problems;
- Applicant's academic performance to date;
- Persuasiveness of the applicant's letters of recommendations.
- 20 points are assigned to academic achievement;
- 10 points to the relation of the FLAS Fellowship to the academic degree pursued by the student;
- 10 points to the projected leadership prospects of applicants with respect to their disciplinary or professional fields and to their contribution to public service.
- Priority will be given to advanced levels of language training in less commonly taught languages; Ancient languages are usually NOT approved;
- Priority will be given to applicants who intend to pursue careers in a professional field or public service.
- Overseas awards are for advanced and intermediate levels only, beginning level training can be funded only if courses are unavailable in the US;
- Academic year FLAS awards for dissertation research abroad are subject to the prior approval by U.S. Department of Education Program officers, as is all travel abroad (FLAS fellows are responsible for initiating this approval process at least 60 days prior to departure). FLAS fellows must also remain enrolled at UIUC during their fellowship;
- Academic year FLAS fellows approved for on-campus language study must also be enrolled in appropriate area studies courses;
- Students may receive fellowships for multiple award periods if they compete successfully in each discrete competition;
- Undergraduate students must study a Less Commonly Taught Language at the intermediate or advanced level;
- CGS can set its own FLAS rules and requirements beyond the legislation and regulations, including limiting the number of FLAS awards a student may receive, as long as the rules do not conflict with the statute, federal regulations, the selection procedures outlined in the application narrative or the institution's guidelines and policies.
- Limited to intensive language training (120-180 contact hours) and cannot be used for research abroad;
- Language programs abroad must be approved by the U.S. Department of Education and are typically only approved for intermediate and advanced language study (FLAS fellows are responsible for initiating this approval process at least 60 days prior to departure).
- Language programs abroad must also be coordinated with the University of Illinois Study Abroad Office.
- For ALL FLAS awards to be used abroad;
- For ALL domestic dissertation research/writing awards;
- For a ruling on a specific request for study in Latin, Sanskrit, Greek, Classical Chinese, or language not on the CGS approved FLAS language list.
- Campus Policy: no student on limited status can hold a fellowship;
- Students with EXs and Fs on their records are not assigned equal status in the competition with students who have completed their course and program requirements. EXs and Fs should be explained as part of the application.
- How does the language and global / area studies coursework relate to your academic program at the University of Illinois?
- How does the language and global / area studies coursework relate to your long term professional goals?
- How will the FLAS Fellowship assist you to become a leader in your profession and to become informed and actively engaged in public affairs?
- Address any F or No-Credit grades on your transcript.
Please note that applicants applying for both academic year and summer programs only submit one online application and one statement of purpose. In your statement of purpose you should clearly describe why you plan to study a language during both the academic year and summer, and how this fits in with your overall education and/or career goals.
For complete application instructions and online forms for the CGS and other campus FLAS programs, please visit the Campus' FLAS Site at: http://www.flas.illinois.edu.
If you have questions about the CGS FLAS program, please e-mail: email@example.com .
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