Fellowships

Foreign Language and Area Studies

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

FLAS

FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies.

 

FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Illinois Area Studies Centers and Programs and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to the study of less commonly taught languages and each Center has specific priorities.

FLAS Application Deadline: Friday, February 3, 2017
              • CLACS FLAS FELLOWSHIP

                The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) FLAS fellowships may be used for the study of Brazilian Portuguese, Quechua or any other Amerindian Language, or at the advanced level (third-year or above) Spanish.  Priority is given to the study of less commonly taught languages. Applicants are ineligible for support to study a language of which they are a native speaker.
              • CLACS awards Academic Year FLAS fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students, and Summer FLAS fellowships to graduate students.

FLAS ACADEMIC YEAR 2017- 2018

  • Graduate students: may receive full tuition and fee waiver and a stipend of $15,000 payable over the academic year. Eligibility for tuition waiver varies by home department and school.
  • Undergraduate students: may receive $10,000 towards tuition and fees to study at the University of Illinois and a stipend of $5,000.

FLAS SUMMER 2017

  • Summer FLAS fellowship for Graduate students: The awards carry a stipend of $2,500 plus tuition and fees of $5,000 to study a language.

In some cases, a travel award may also be made. Students desiring to study overseas are advised to confer with the CLACS FLAS coordinator early in the planning process.

FLAS ELIGIBILITY

Undergraduate Students

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • You must be currently enrolled in OR have a demonstrated proficiency at least at the intermediate level in the language for which you are applying. Acceptable proof of proficiency includes reference letter from a language instructor, placement test, high school or college transcripts

  • You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA

    Please note: undergraduates FLAS fellowships are not available for Spanish

Graduate Students

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Current or former FLAS fellows may apply; priority is given to applicants for a first or second FLAS
  • Currently must to be enrolled as a graduate student
  • Must be in good standing with the graduate college at U of I
  • OR must have been admitted to a graduate program (students can apply with a pending application to a UIUC graduate program but can only accept a FLAS Fellowship if admitted)
  • May carry no more than 25% time assistantship while holding a CLACS FLAS fellowship
  • The FLAS award is generally for intermediate or advanced study of a less commonly taught language; however an exception might be made for the beginning level of a less commonly taught language if a graduate student has achieved advanced proficiency in another language of the world area of specialization, and if learning a second language of that world area is required for the student overall training and expertise.

FLAS REQUIREMENTS

Academic Year FLAS Fellowship Requirements

  • Each semester must be enrolled full-time
  • Each semester must be enrolled for graded credit in a formal language instruction course in the language of the award as well as in an international or area studies course.

Summer FLAS Fellowship Requirements

  • Summer FLAS awards are for language study only
  • CLACS offers Summer FLAS fellowships only to Graduate students
  • Summer FLAS fellows must be enrolled in the equivalent of a full year of formal language study:
    • Beginning and intermediate language level programs must provide a minimum of 140 contact hours of language study
    • Advanced language level programs must provide a minimum of 120 contact hours of language study
    • All programs must be a minimum of six weeks
  • FLAS awards for overseas language programs are for study only at the intermediate or advanced level and must be approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Under certain circumstances, overseas language programs can be approved for language study at the beginning level for graduate students. Check with each Center for further details.

A few highlighted FLAS-eligible Summer programs:

For more information visit Summer FLAS and Resources page

Selection Criteria

  • Applicants are judged on their record of academic achievement
  • Demonstrated and proposed commitment to CLACS language and area studies. In the one-page, single-spaced Statement of Purpose for the proposed study program, describe how the study of your chosen language contributes to your goals in graduate studies and in your career

Overal Requirements

  • FLAS receipients must complete a student language self-evaluation at the beginning and end of each award period as well as a pre- and post-award language evaluation conducted by your instructor
  • Must complete an on-line periodic evaluation of the program the semester after your award and later as an alum of the program
  • According to U.S. Department of Education grant requirements, FLAS receipients are also expected to complete a biennial questionnaire for eight years after graduation
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TO APPLY


FLAS APPLICATION

FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Illinois Area Studies Centers and Programs and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to the study of less commonly taught languages and each Center has specific priorities

FLAS application Deadline: Friday, February 3, 2017.

Please carefully read each section of the application to ensure that you are selecting the appropriate application type. Students may select one or more of the following application types:

  • Graduate Application. Academic Year
  • Graduate Application. Summer
  • Undergraduate Application. Academic Year
  • Undergraduate Application. Summer

CLACS - FLAS fellowships may be used for the study of Brazilian Portuguese, Quechua or any other Amerindian Language, or at the advanced level (third-year or above) Spanish.  Priority is given to the study of less commonly taught languages. If a language is offered by more than one center, students can apply to all Centers that offer the language (please simply check all the centers to which you apply on the form).

Application Instructions

The instructions below MUST be followed in submitting an application for a FLAS fellowship. Questions regarding the application procedures and materials can be addressed to any of the Centers listed on the right-hand panel or by Sam Celmer, Title VI Program Coordinator. You should also review the procedures for the particular Center to which you are applying.

Incoming non-UIUC students may apply for FLAS through the regular application portal but will have to create a temporary login in the absence of an Illinois email address and student account.

If a language is offered by more than one center, students can apply to all Centers that offer the language. For example, Polish is offered by EUC, CGS, and REEEC. If you are applying to study Polish, you can apply to all three centers at the same time. You do not need to submit separate online application forms (please simply check all the centers to which you apply on the form).

  1. Read the eligibility requirements and fellowship requirements before applying.
  2. Check with each Center's web site for Center specific application criteria. See the right-hand panel for contact information for each Center.
  3. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  4. Applications (including all supporting documents, reference letters, and departmental endorsements) are due by February 3, 2017.
  5. Complete the online application form for graduate students (incoming graduate students should check with their admitting department for instructions). The online application form will stay live until February 3, 2017. You MUST submit your online application by this date.
  6. If you are planning to study abroad at any point during the term of your fellowship, please read the FLAS Study Abroad requirements and deadlines.

Special Note to Undergraduate Students:

  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Cannot apply to study French, German, or Spanish
  • Must be currently enrolled in or have a demonstrated proficiency at least at the intermediate level in the language for which they are applying.
    • Students should check with the languages department to learn what year of study is considered as intermediate for the language for which they are applying as some departments accept 2nd year and some departments accept 3rd year as the intermediate level.
    • Acceptable proof of proficiency at least at the intermediate level includes: letter of recommendation from a language instructor (for the language for which the student is applying); placement test; transcripts (successful completion of at least 4 semesters of high school language courses for the language for which the student is applying or successful completion of at least 2 semesters of language courses for the language for which the student is applying).

Supporting Documents

Documents may be uploaded directly to the online application system in pdf format. Here is a list of the items you will need to provide:

  1. Statement of Purpose (1 to 2 page maximum). Essays should describe how the proposed language study fits in with your field of study and relates to the specific area studies the FLAS granting center to which you are applying supports; how you intend to use the language; and how the language and area study will contribute to your ultimate career goals. Please also describe your previous language learning experiences (formal and informal).
  2. The contact information for three references. One must be from your academic advisor; one must be from your current or most recent language instructor and address your language ability (except for students applying for beginning language instruction or students who have never studied a foreign language before); the third reference can be provided by a person of your choice. Most students select a professor or instructor with whom they have studied or taken courses; this individual should be able to speak to your aptitude as a FLAS fellow. If you wish to study multiple languages, we recommend that you submit letters of recommendation from each language instructor with whom you study.
  3. Graduate and undergraduate transcripts, including the fall semester of this year, for current students (Illinois and any other schools you have attended). Undergraduate transcript (and graduate transcripts if applicable) for incoming graduate and continuing undergraduate students. Scanned copies and unofficial reports are acceptable.
  4. FAFSA Confirmation Page (optional). While Graduate students are not required to complete a FAFSA, we highly recommend that students submit this form. We will assume zero financial need for those students who do not complete a FAFSA.

Note: If you are applying for both an Academic Year and Summer FLAS through the same Center, you DO NOT NEED TO fill out separate applications. You may use the same supporting documents (i.e. reference letters, statement of purpose) for both applications.

Note for incoming students: Transcripts, recommendation letters, and personal statements used for a student application to the university may also be used as supporting documentation for a FLAS application. Please note that students are urged to submit customized essays and recommendation letters that are specific to FLAS as it will enhance the competitiveness of their application.

TO APPLY

To access the online application, you will need to login with your net ID and password OR a valid e-mail address. The application will stay live until 11:59 pm on February 3, 2017. You MUST submit your online application form by this date.

Go to the FLAS Summer 2017 - Academic Year 2017/18 Application
FLAS Application Deadline: Friday, February 3, 2017

 

If you have questions, please contact Alejandra Seufferheld, FLAS Coordinator: amsseu@illinois.edu

 

Important Dates

Application Deadline: Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Award/Alternate/Rejection Letters Sent: March 2017

Accepted Awards Due by: April 15th, 2017

 

 

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FAQs

Please visit the FLAS Fellowship FAQs website: http://publish.illinois.edu/illinoisflas/flas-faqs/

 

 

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CLACS FLAS FELLOWS 2016-17

CLACS awarded FLAS fellowships to seventeen students for the Academic Year 2016-17, and four students for Summer 2016.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FLAS RECIPIENTS ACADEMIC YEAR (AY16-17) and SUMMER (S16)

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GRADUATE STUDENTS

  • Ryan Bean, History. Quechua (AY 16-17)

  • Joseph Coyle, Anthropology. Portuguese (AY 16-17)

  • Leslie Del Carpio, Spanish & Portortuguese. Quechua (AY 16-17, S16)
  • Eric Jones, Music. Quechua (AY 16-17, S16)

  • Gurdeep Kaur, Urban & Regional Planning. Portuguese (AY 16-17, S16)
  • William Monahan, Urban & Regional Planning. Quechua (AY 16-17)

  • Blair Niece, Political Science. Portuguese (AY 16-17)

  • Matthew Nolan, Agricultural and Consumer Economics. Portuguese (AY 16-17)

  • Cassandra Osei, History.  Portuguese (S16)

  • Luke Plutowski, Political Science .Portuguese (AY 16-17)
  • Elizabeth Quick, History. Quechua (AY 16-17)

  • Susana Rodriguez, Art History. Portuguese (AY 16-17)

  • Ashlea Rundlett, Political Science. Portuguese (AY 16-17)

  • Julian Scheirer, Political Science.  Portuguese (AY 16-17)

  • Franziska Yost, History. Portuguese(AY 16-17)

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

  • Halley Juvik, Anthropology. Portuguese (AY 16-17)

  • Liam Millett, Geology. Portuguese (AY 16-17)

  • Michelle Patino, Linguistics. Quechua(AY 16-17)

 

 

Past FLAS Fellowship Recipients

CLACS FLAS FELLOWS 2015-16

CLACS awarded FLAS fellowships to twenty students for the Academic Year 2015-16, and four students for Summer 2015

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FLAS RECIPIENTS ACADEMIC YEAR (AY15-16) and SUMMER (S15)FLAS15-16

GRADUATE STUDENTS

  • Krysta Beam, CLACS. Quechua (AY 15-16)

  • Dexter Burns, CLACS. Portuguese (AY 15-16)

  • David Dyck, Crop Scicnces. Portuguese (AY 15-16)

  • Megan Garguilo, Span & Port. Portuguese (AY 15-16)

  • Samantha Good, Span & Port. Portuguese (S15)

  • Erica Horton, Urban & Reg. Planning. Portuguese (AY 15-16)

  • Eric Jones, Music. Quechua (AY 15-16, S15)

  • John Jones, Educ.Policy. Portuguese (AY 15-16, S15)

  • Blair Niece,Polit.Science. Portuguese (AY 15-16)

  • Cassandra Osei, History.  Portuguese (AY 15-16)

  • Luke Plutowski, Polit.Science.Portuguese (AY 15-16)

  • Elizabeth Quick, History. Quechua (AY 15-16)

  • Amanda Rector, Span & Port. Portuguese (AY 15-16)

  • Ashlea Rundlett, Polit. Science. Portuguese (AY 15-16)

  • Kelly Senters, Polit. Science.  Portuguese (AY 15-16)

  • Michael Stablein, Agric & Biol Eng.Portuguese (AY 15-16)

  • Urban  Â  Angela, Urban & Reg. Planning. Portuguese (AY 15-16)

  • Sarah West, Span & Port. Maya (S15)

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

  • Halley Juvik, Anthropology. Portuguese (AY 15-16)

  • Ashley Nagele,  ACES Animal Sciences. Portuguese (AY 15-16)

  • Michelle Patino, Linguistics. Quechua(AY 15-16)

  • Renee Pond, Molecular Cell Biology. Portuguese (AY 15-16)

 

CLACS FLAS FELLOWS 2014-15

CLACS awarded FLAS fellowships to twelvestudents for the Academic Year 2014-15, one for Spring 2015, and seven students for Summer 2014.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FLAS RECIPIENTS ACADEMIC YEAR (AY14-15, Sp15) and SUMMER (S14)

GRADUATE STUDENTS
  • Jason Ahlenius (AY 14-15) Portuguese. English. MA program
  • Krysta Beam (Sp 15) Quechua. Latin American Studies, MA program
  • Dexter Burns (AY 14-15) Portuguese. Latin American Studies, MA program
  • Annie Contractor (S14) Portuguese. Urban and Regional Planning, MUP program
  • Krista Evensen  (AY 14-15, S14)  Portuguese. Spanish and Portuguese, MA program
  • Samantha Good (AY 14-15) Quechua. Spanish and Portuguese, MA program
  • Rebecca Linares (AY 14-15) Quechua. Curriculum and Instruction, PhD program
  • Christopher Long (AY 14-15) Portuguese. Political Science, PhD program
  • Ethan Madarieta (AY 14-15) Portuguese. Comparative Literature, MA program
  • John Marquez (S14) Portuguese. History, PhD program
  • Amanda Rector (S14) Portuguese. Spanish and Portuguese, MA program
  • Jazmin Ridley (S14) Portuguese. Latin American Studies
  • James Sauls (AY 14-15) Portuguese. Latin American Studies, MA program
  • Kelly Senters (S14) Portuguese. Political Science, PhD program
  • Katrina Spenser (AY 14-15, S14) Portuguese. Graduate School of Library and Information Science, MS program
  • Michael Stablein (AY 14-15) Portuguese. Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
  • Ashley Nagele (AY) Portuguese. Animal Science
  • Homari Oda (AY) Portuguese. Spanish and Portuguese/ ACES

 

CLACS FLAS FELLOWS 2013-14

CLACS awarded FLAS fellowships to fifteen students for the Academic Year (AY) 2013-14 and four students for the Summer (S) 2013.

GRADUATE STUDENTS
  • Meghan Bohardt (AY, S) Quechua. Latin American Studies, MA program
  • Christopher Eager (AY) Quechua. Spanish, Italian & Portuguese, PhD program
  • Lisa Burner (S) Quechua. Spanish, Italian & Portuguese, PhD program
  • Rico Chenyek (S) Quechua. Inst. of Communication Research, PhD program
  • Annie Gierhart (AY) Portuguese. Urban and Regional Planing, MUP program
  • Carrie Gordon (AY) Portugese. Art & Design History, MA program
  • Sabrina Kanjee (AY) Portuguese. Political Science, MA program
  • Rebecca Linares (AY) Quechua.Curriculum and Instruction, PhD program
  • Christopher Long (AY) Portuguese. Political Science, PhD program
  • John Marquez (AY) Portuguese. Department of History, PhD program
  • Jazmin Ridley (AY) Portuguese. Latin American Studies, MA program
  • Jenica Rosen (AY, S) Quechua. Latin American Studies MA program
  • James Sauls (AY) Portuguese. Latin American Studies, MA program
  • Karolina Wasiniewska (AY) Portuguese. Political Science, MA program
  • Peter Wellington (AY) Quechua. Department of Music, PhD program
UNDERGRAUDATE STUDENTS
  • Genesis Galva (AY) Portuguese. Advertising
  • Jesus Milian (AY) Portuguese. Engineering

 

FLAS FELLOWS 2012-13

CLACS awarded FLAS fellowships to thirteen students for the Academic Year(AY) 2012-13 and six students for the Summer(S) 2012

CLACS FLAS Summer 2012 Fellows

GRADUATE STUDENTS:
  • Meghan Bohardt (AY) Quechua, Latin American Studies, MA program
  • Christopher Eager (AY) Portuguese, Spanish, Italian & Portuguese, PhD program
  • Jessica Hajek (S) Haitian Creole, Department of Music, PhD program
  • Bryce Henson (AY, S) Portuguese, Inst. of Communication Research, PhD program
  • Veronica Mendez-Johnson (S) Portuguese, Department of History, PhD program
  • Rebecca Linares (AY) Quechua, Curriculum and Instruction, PhD program
  • Gabriel Machabanski (AY, S) Quechua, Urban and Regional Planing, MUP program
  • Lenore Matthew (AY, S) Portuguese, Social Science, PhD program
  • Ashley Owen (AY) Portuguese, Latin American Studies, MA program
  • Lydia Crafts-Putnam (AY) Spanish, Department of History, PhD program
  • Jenica Rosen (AY) Quechua, Latin American Studies MA program
  • John Ben Soileau (AY, S) Portuguese, Anthropology, PhD program
  • Peter Wellington (AY) Quechua, Department of Music, M Mus program

UNDERGRAUDATE STUDENTS:

  • Manuel Cardenas (AY) Portuguese, Global Studies
  • Tara McGovern (AY) Quechua, Anthropology

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