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.