The Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies, and Global Studies Center are pleased to announce the competition for undergraduate Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLASF) for the University of Pittsburgh 2017-2018 Academic Year. The FLAS Fellowship is a prestigious award that enables the recipient to devote full time to undergraduate study. For AY 2017-18, the University of Pittsburgh will offer academic-year instruction in the following FLAS-eligible languages: Arabic, Bosnian/ Croatian/ Serbian (BCS), Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Swahili, Turkish, and Ukrainian.

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.

What is the FLAS Fellowship for Undergraduate Students?

The Academic Year FLAS Fellowship for undergraduate students provides awardees with a $10,000 scholarship in addition to a stipend of approximately $5,000. In some cases, the fellowship may be supplemented with funding from other sources. Students who have other sources of funding for the 2017-18 academic year should contact the appropriate center before applying for this fellowship.

Students must be enrolled in a UCIS Undergraduate Certificate program in the respective FLAS-granting center (Russian and East European Studies, Global Studies, or Asian Studies) and have a minimum 3.0 QPA in order to qualify for an award. Fellowships are only given to students who will be studying a FLAS-eligible language at the intermediate level (second year) or above and taking at least one area studies course per term during AY 2017-18. Important factors in the review of applications will 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. The application deadline is February 15, 2017, and applicants will be notified of award decisions by the end of March.

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