FLAS Fellowships 2017-2018

Deadline for 2017-2018 Fellowships: February 13, 2017 at 5pm CT

The FLAS online application is now live! Click here to register an account and begin your application(s): 

https://apply-grad.uchicago.edu/apply/flas/

 

2017 FLAS Information Sessions:
  • Monday, January 9 at 4:30pm, in Kersten Physics Teaching Center Room 206
  • Thursday, January 12 at 12:30pm, in Kersten Physics Teaching Center Room 206
  • Register for the sessions via GRAD Gargoyle (click on Events>Workshops)

 

Award Details

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship competition is open to graduate students who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents who are enrolled in or applying to a full-time program that combines modern foreign language training with international or area studies.

Two types of FLAS Fellowships are available at the University of Chicago: Summer Fellowships & Academic Year Fellowships.

Academic Year FLAS

  • Students must be enrolled in the language of award each quarter and earn a grade of B or better;
  • Students must combine language study with area studies, international studies, or the international aspects of professional study for at least one course per quarter in which they hold a FLAS;
  • Are awarded for nine months beginning in the Autumn Quarter and include a stipend, tuition, and required health clinic and student activity fees.

Summer FLAS

  • Students must enroll in a program of intensive study for at least 6 weeks, which offers a minimum of 140 contact hours of instruction at the beginning or intermediate level, and 120 contact hours of instruction at the advanced level;
  • Students can study either in the U.S. or abroad (*Note: beginning level students cannot study abroad unless instruction is not available in the U.S.);
  • For programs abroad, students must receive approval for the language program and for travel on an American carrier;
  • For summer study in the U.S., students can apply for FLAS fellowships from any institution offering FLAS summer fellowships;
  • Students who want to study on campus for the summer should look at the University of Chicago's Summer Language Institute's FLAS-eligible offerings and those wanting to study Chinese should consider the University's Chicago in Beijing program.

Award Benefits

Academic Year FLAS

For doctoral students in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Divinity School: While holding an academic year FLAS Fellowship, doctoral students who have a divisional fellowship stipend greater than $15,000 will receive the divisional stipend plus the Student Life Fee, insurance, and an additional $3,000 stipend supplement during the FLAS year. Those with no divisional fellowship, or a divisional fellowship less than $15,000, will receive the standard $15,000 FLAS stipend, Student Life Fee, and insurance.

Master’s students receive a $15,000 stipend, full tuition, and other benefits depending on division (check with your Dean of Students office).

Summer FLAS

Awards offer a stipend of $2,500 and tuition of up to $5,000.


Language Offerings for 2017-2018

Additional languages in the funded world areas may be approved on a case-by-case basis. Commonly-taught languages (German, Spanish, French) are not funded by FLAS.

Applications for beginning levels of language will not be considered unless the applicant makes contact with the appropriate Area Center Associate Director prior to the deadline. See contacts below.

Academic Year FLAS

East Asia Chinese, Japanese, Korean
East Europe Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS), Czech, Polish, Russian*, Turkish, Uzbek
Latin America Haitian Kreyol, Portuguese, Yucatec Maya
Middle East Arabic**, Armenian, Hebrew**, Persian**, Turkish**, Uzbek
South Asia Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan, Urdu

*Must have successfully completed equivalent of at least 6 quarters/4 semesters of college-level instruction in language.
**Must have successfully completed equivalent of at least 3 quarters/2 semesters of college-level instruction in language.

Summer FLAS

East Asia Chinese, Japanese, Korean
East Europe Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS), Czech, Polish, Russian*, Turkish, Uzbek
Latin America Aymara, Haitian Kreyol, K’iche’ Maya, Nahuatl, Portuguese, Yucatec Maya
Middle East Arabic**, Armenian, Hebrew**, Persian**, Turkish**, Uzbek
South Asia Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan, Urdu

*Must have successfully completed equivalent of at least 6 quarters/4 semesters of college-level instruction in language.
**Must have successfully completed equivalent of at least 3 quarters/2 semesters of college-level instruction in language.


Eligibility

Both Academic Year and Summer FLAS applicants must:

  • Be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the U.S.;
  • Not be beyond the fifth year of graduate study in a department or professional school while holding the award;
  • Be in a program that combines modern foreign language training with area or international studies or research and training in the international aspects of professional and other fields of study;
  • Have at least one full academic year remaining in the program of study;
  • Show high potential for academic achievement;
  • Complete a Performance Report at the end of the fellowship as required by the U.S. Department of Education;
  • Be subject to University regulations and Dean of Students’ approval concerning part-time employment.

Selection Criteria

Awards are made on the basis of academic merit and other criteria set by each Center and the U.S. Department of Education. According to guidelines set in 2015 by the U.S. Department of Education, the University will give priority when awarding fellowships to students who demonstrate financial need as indicated by the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  NOTE: Financial need is a selection criteria, NOT an eligiblity requirement.


Application Instructions

By the deadline of Monday, February 13, 2017 applicants must submit the following materials via the online application system:

  • Completed Application form
  • Statement of purpose (500-words maximum)
  • Graduate transcript
  • One academic letter of recommendation*
  • One language evaluation/recommendation**

*incoming students do not need an academic recommendation
**incoming students only need a language recommendation if their University of Chicago admissions references did not include a language instructor.


Contacts

For more information, visit the appropriate Area Center (listed below), your Dean of Students Office, or UChicagoGRAD (Jessica Smith, Associate Director of Fellowships).

Center for East Asian Studies
1155 East 60th Street, Room 317
773.834.4739
Associate Director, Abbey Newman


Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies
1155 East 60th Street, Room 307
773.702.0866
Associate Director, Meredith Clason


Center for Latin American Studies
Kelly Hall Room 115
773.702.9741
Associate Director, Natalie Arsenault


Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Pick Hall Room 201
773.702.8296
Associate Director, Tom Maguire


Committee on Southern Asian Studies
Kelly Hall Room 104
773.834.9994
Associate Director, Irving Birkner