FLAS Fellowship for Undergraduate Students

Contingent upon US Department of Education funding, the Center for Russian and East European Studies offers academic year Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. The undergraduate FLAS Fellowship is a prestigious award that provides recipients with a $10,000 tuition scholarship in addition to a stipend of approximately $5,000. Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to receive FLAS Fellowships. Currently, academic year FLAS-eligible languages include: Russian, Bosnian / Croatian / Serbian (BCS), Hungarian, Polish, Slovak, Turkish, and Ukrainian. Fellowship competitions are held annually; applications for the following academic year are due in February.

FLAS awards are also available for summer language study through Pitt’s Summer Language Institute.

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.

The deadline for 2018-2019 applications is February 15, 2018.

Eligibility:
In order to apply, students must be:

  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrolled in the Undergraduate Certificate in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Prepared to study a FLAS-eligible language at the intermediate level (second year) or above and at least one area studies course per term during the fellowship tenure
  • Hold a minimum QPA of 3.0

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Overall quality of academic record
  • Relevance of target language to student’s plan of study and future career goals
  • Evidence of commitment to language and area studies
  • Financial need will be considered for applicants who have submitted a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the University of Pittsburgh

Application Materials:
Applications should be submitted via submittable.com. This application requires that you upload pieces of supporting documentation. Only complete application packets will be accepted.

  • Completed FLAS undergraduate application
  • Language Study Plan: 1-page, double-spaced statement indicating the FLAS-eligible language you propose to study, how you will combine language and area studies to satisfy FLAS requirements, the extent of current or previous language training, and your native language, if other than English
  • Personal Study Plan: 1-2 page, double-spaced statement articulating the relationship between your area of study and anticipated career goals, and a brief personal history including any experience (s) in or related to the appropriate area
  • Two letters of recommendation (preferably one from a language instructor and one from a non-language faculty member)
  • All undergraduate transcripts
  • Optional Financial Aid Information Release (if you choose not to submit a FAFSA and sign this release, please be aware that while your FLAS application will remain eligible for merit-based consideration, you will forfeit any need-based consideration of your application)

For more information, contact REESadvising@pitt.edu.