Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships

Fellowships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

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The FLAS Fellowship program is a prestigious and competitive award that allows select Pitt undergraduate and graduate students to devote full time attention to their chosen modern foreign language and area studies specialty.  There are separate competitions for the Academic Year FLAS Fellowship and the Summer FLAS Fellowship.

The Fellowship covers some or all tuition costs, may cover fees, and provides awardees with a stipend.  The Fellowships are offered for the 2017 summer term or the 2017-18 academic year.

Undergraduate FLAS Fellowships

 

Summer 2017

AY 2017-18

Tuition:

$5,000

$10,000

Stipend:

$2,500

$5,000

Study of:

Modern foreign language

Modern foreign language combined with international/area studies or international aspects of professional or other fields of study

Application forms and deadline:

March 7, 2017

Global Studies application form

Center for Russian & East European Studies application: complete both the Summer Language Institute (SLI) application and the FLAS application form - due March 3.

Asian Studies application form (downloadable Word document)

Apply online by February 15, 2017

Apply to:

Asian Studies Center for Chinese, Japanese, Korean

Global Studies Center for Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Swahili, Turkish

Center for Russia & East European Studies for Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Turkish, Ukrainian

Eligibility:

US citizen or permanent resident

Will study a FLAS language at intermediate or advanced level

 Graduate FLAS Fellowships

 

Summer 2017

AY 2017-18

Tuition:

$5,000

Full tuition & most fees

Stipend:

$2,500

Approx. $18,000

Study of:

Modern foreign language only

Modern foreign language combined with international/area studies or international aspects of professional or other fields of study

Application forms and deadline:

March 7, 2017

Global Studies application form

Center for Russian & East European Studies application: complete both the Summer Language Institute (SLI) application and the FLAS application form - due March3.

Asian Studies application form (downloadable Word document)

Print and complete application by February 15, 2017

Apply to:

Asian Studies Center for Chinese, Japanese, Korean

Global Studies Center for Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Swahili,
Turkish

Center for Russian & East European Studies for Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Turkish, Ukrainian

Your school or department FLAS coordinator

Eligibility:

US citizen or permanent resident

Enrolled or accepted for enrollment at Pitt

Summer Fellows 
Must pursue a program of intensive modern foreign language study lasting for a minimum of six weeks.
 
Academic Year Fellows
Must be enrolled in an area studies course and a language course during each term of the award period. Please contact the FLAS Fellowship coordinator in the appropriate international studies center for restrictions regarding the use of an academic year fellowship for dissertation-level students. 
 
Selection Process
The awards are made on the basis of academic merit with demonstrated financial need also taken into account. Financial need applicants must complete the FAFSA (see FAQ section for further details). Language priorities are determined by the US Department of Education and are important criteria in the selection process.  Other important factors in the review of applicants include the overall quality of the student’s academic record and the relevance of the FLAS Fellowship target language to the student’s plan of study.   
 
Undergraduate Students
Must be studying a modern foreign language at the intermediate or advanced level to be eligible for a FLAS award.
Graduate Students
Graduate applicants may be eligible for enrollment in the first year of their target language if certain conditions are met. Contact the relevant center’s FLAS coordinator with inquiries.

FLAS Languages

Arabic (Global Studies - all levels)
Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (Russian and East European Studies - all levels)
Chinese (Asian Studies - 2nd year and above) (Global Studies - all levels) 
Japanese (Asian Studies - 2nd year and above)
Hindi (Global Studies - all levels)
Korean (Asian Studies - all levels)
Persian (Farsi) (Global Studies - all levels)
Polish (Russian and East European Studies - all levels)
Portuguese (Global Studies - all levels)
Russian (Russian and East European Studies - 2nd year and above)
Slovak (Russian and East European Studies - all levels)
Swahili (Global Studies - all levels) 
Turkish (Global Studies and Russian and East European Studies - all levels)
Ukrainian (Russian and East European Studies - all levels)

FLAS-funded Centers

Pitt has three international studies centers offering FLAS Fellowships.
 
FLAS coordinator, Emily Rook-Koepsel (rookkoepsel@pitt.edu)
 
FLAS coordinator, Andrew Behrendt (aeb72@pitt.edu)
 
FLAS coordinator, Veronica Dristas (dristas@pitt.edu)

Eligibility

Undergraduate Students
Pitt undergraduate students must be US citizens or permanent residents and must study a FLAS language at the intermediate or advanced level during the fellowship period.
Graduate Students
Pitt graduate students must be US citizens or permanent residents and must be enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) in a program that combines modern foreign language training with international or area studies or with the international aspects of professional or other fields of study.

Application Process

There are separate competitions for the Academic Year FLAS and the Summer FLAS, for which two separate and complete applications are required.  Two letters of recommendation are also required.
 
Undergraduate Students
Deadline: March 7, 2017 for Summer FLAS competition
February 15, 2017 for Academic Year 2017-18 FLAS competition
Please see Undergraduate FLAS Fellowship table above for center-specific application forms.
 
 
Graduate Students
Deadline: March 7, 2017 for Summer FLAS competition
February 15, 2017 for Academic Year 2017-18 FLAS competition.  Please see the FLAS coordinator in your school or department for their earlier internal deadline.
Please see Graduate FLAS Fellowship table above for center-specific application forms. 

What are the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships?

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are authorized under Title VI of the Higher Education Act and are administered by the US Department of Education. The purpose of the FLAS Fellowship program is: “To assist in the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area studies, to stimulate the attainment of foreign language acquisition and fluency, and to develop a pool of international experts to meet national needs.” As such, these fellowships may only be awarded to US citizens or US permanent residents. 
 
At Pitt, the Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies, and Global Studies Center each have Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships for University of Pittsburgh graduate and undergraduate students for the 2017-2018 Academic Year and Summer 2017.