Foreign language and area studies (flas) fellowships in International Studies summer 2009 academic year 2009-2010



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FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND AREA STUDIES (FLAS) FELLOWSHIPS
In International Studies
SUMMER 2009 ACADEMIC YEAR 2009-2010
Institute for Global Studies UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

214 SOCIAL SCIENCES BUILDING College of Liberal Arts

267-19TH AVENUE SOUTH

MINNEAPOLIS, MN 5545



The Institute for Global Studies (IGS)

invites ALL ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS

to nominate up to four graduate students for summer and up to four graduate students for Academic Year FLAS Fellowships

NEW and RETURNING students are eligible for awards!
Summer: - $2,500 stipend plus tuition and selected fees

Academic Year - $15,000 stipend plus tuition and selected fees

FLAS FELLOWSHIP POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Through grants from the United States Department of Education (US/ED), IGS is offering four Summer FLAS fellowships and eight Academic Year FLAS fellowships.
Purpose: To promote the study of modern foreign languages supporting international studies within graduate and professional schools.
Priorities: IGS is committed to promoting the study of modern less-commonly-taught languages (LCTLs). Students studying other languages are also encouraged to apply.

Selection

Criteria: Candidates are ranked on the basis of the following established priorities: (1) evidence that language training is needed to further the applicant’s study of international issues and problems; (2) the extent to which the applicant’s current or planned academic program is focused on international issues and problems; (3) the applicant’s academic performance to date; (4) the persuasiveness of the applicant’s letters of recommendations; (5) proposed language study at the advanced level receives a competitive priority; and (6) applicants proposing to study a less commonly taught language receive a competitive priority. The lowest consideration will be given to applicants who propose to study the first two semesters of a commonly taught language (defined by the US/ED as Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.)

Eligibility: Academic Year FLAS fellowship applicants must be degree-seeking students in good academic standing enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Minnesota.
All graduate students are eligible, although fellowships will not be awarded to graduate students who major in French, German or Spanish to study the language of their major. They are eligible to study another language. Each applicant must clearly indicate how a FLAS fellowship is essential to her/his professional development and will contribute to the field of international studies.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Foreign students are NOT eligible.
In principle, it is possible to receive another other fellowship, scholarship, or award providing any form of stipend, living allowance, subsistence allowance, etc., while receiving a FLAS stipend. HOWEVER, certain “double-dipping” restrictions apply. Check with the FLAS coordinator.
Tuition and Fee Allowance: Note that FLAS fellowship carries a tuition and fee allowance of $12,000 for the academic year and $4,000 for the summer. Nominating departments are responsible for payment of tuition and fee charges accrued by the fellow that exceed those allowances. FLAS regulations require that FLAS fellows are held free of any excess tuition and fee charges. The excess charges are the responsibility of the nominating department.
Procedure: Departments may nominate up to four students per competition (summer and AY). The nomination package must include:
1. a completed and signed nomination form (available for download) and a letter of nomination submitted by the department
2. the nominee’s application form (available for download) including statement of interest linking his/her work and the importance of language training to international studies
3. an additional letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor or a faculty member who has worked closely with the student
4. transcripts (including graduate level if applicable).
Deadline: Monday, February 9, 2009 at 4:30 PM
Notification: It is anticipated that applicants for fellowships will receive notification of their acceptance by mid-March 2009.
Terms: Recipients of AY FLAS Fellowships will receive a stipend and tuition reimbursement for up to 15 credits per semester at the graduate rate and most standard fees. Grade reports must be submitted at the end of each semester.
Submission of a U.S. Department of Education brief and confidential final evaluation of your program of study is required upon completion of the fellowship. This is not an evaluation of your language skills.
FLAS fellows my be asked to participate in an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) at the end of the fellowship period to measure the growth in language proficiency during the period of the fellowship.
Note: Students currently receiving fellowships can be nominated for future FLAS Fellowships. Likewise, any student can be nominated for both an Academic Year and a Summer fellowship.
To find less commonly taught language programs, visit the Less Commonly Taught Languages Project (LCTL) web site of the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota: http://carla.acad.umn.edu:591/home.html
Currently IGS has approval to offer FLAS in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Icelandic, Italian, Irish, Japanese, Korean, Modern Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
The US/ED has also announced the following funding priorities:


  • Fellowships to students in the least-commonly taught languages who are pursuing advanced level language proficiency




  • Fellowships to talented students pursuing master’s degrees who may be more likely to pursue government service


Please be advised that proposals to study beginning Spanish, French, or German are rarely funded.
Students wishing to find funding for dissertation research abroad should apply to the Fulbright-Hayes Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program.
All application materials must be sent FROM THE NOMINATING DEPARTMENT to:
Klaas van der Sanden, FLAS Coordinator Email: vande001@umn.edu

Institute for Global Studies Tel: (612) 625-1856

214 Social Sciences Building Fax: (612) 626-2242

267-19th Avenue South



Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455


THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER.

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