Foreign Language and Area Studies Awards (undergraduates and graduates)

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Academic Year – Graduate Students
Languages offered include Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Modern Greek, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Welsh, and Yiddish at the Intermediate or Advanced level. To be eligible, a graduate student must have completed at least two semesters of study of the target language by the start of the fellowship. FLAS grants cannot  be awarded for beginning level language training. However, an exception might be made for the beginning level of a less commonly taught language (i.e. all European languages with the exception of French, German, Spanish and Italian) if a graduate student has achieved advanced proficiency in another European language, and if the student can demonstrate that learning a second European language is required for his/her overall training and expertise. Eligible graduate students in any discipline and department may apply for FLAS fellowships, including students in professional schools and the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. IES gives absolute priority to applications for its priority languages Portuguese and Turkish as well as for the less commonly taught languages Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Modern Greek, Irish Gaelic, Norwegian, Swedish, Welsh, and Yiddish. Students who are pursuing advanced level language proficiency German, French, Italian and Spanish can also apply. Priority is given to applications by students from under-represented groups (economically disadvantaged students, student parents, transfer students, students pursuing degrees in the professional schools and STEM fields) and applicants demonstrating likelihood of pursuing government service and/or pursuing Master’s degrees in a professional school or program. Low priority is given to applicants for dissertation research abroad and to applicants who already possess native fluency in the target language. Jury members look for commitment to the area and field when deciding on applications. Past FLAS recipients may apply for subsequent FLAS funding.

Academic Year – Undergraduate Students
Languages offered include Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Modern Greek, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Welsh, and Yiddish at the Intermediate or Advanced level. To be eligible, an undergraduate student must have completed at least two semesters of study of the target language by the start of the fellowship. FLAS grants cannot  be awarded to undergraduates for beginning level language training. Eligible students in any discipline and department may apply for FLAS fellowships, including students in professional schools and the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. IES gives absolute priority to applications for its priority languages Portuguese and Turkish as well as for the less commonly taught languages Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Modern Greek, Irish Gaelic, Norwegian, Swedish, Welsh, and Yiddish. Students who are pursuing advanced level language proficiency German, French, Italian and Spanish can also apply. Priority is given to applications by students from under-represented groups (economically disadvantaged students, student parents, transfer students, students pursuing degrees in the professional schools and STEM fields) and applicants demonstrating likelihood of pursuing government service and/or pursuing Master’s degrees in a professional school or program. Jury members look for commitment to the area and field when deciding on applications. Past FLAS recipients may apply for subsequent FLAS funding. FLAS fellowships may be used to fund academic year study abroad pending approval of the study abroad program by the U.S. Department of Education. Contact Associate Director Akasemi Newsome for specifics if you wish to consider using an Academic Year FLAS for study abroad.

Summer – Graduate Students
Languages offered include Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Modern Greek, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Welsh, and Yiddish at the Intermediate or Advanced level. Applications for summer study of other Northern, Western or Southern European languages are possible, pending approval of the language program by the U.S. Department of Education. To be eligible, a graduate student must have completed at least two semesters of study of the target language by the start of the fellowship. FLAS grants cannot  be awarded for beginning level language training. However, an exception might be made for the beginning level of a less commonly taught language (i.e. all European languages with the exception of French, German, Spanish and Italian) if a graduate student has achieved advanced proficiency in another European language, and if the student can demonstrate that learning a second European language is required for his/her overall training and expertise. Students wishing to use an award for an overseas language program must be at the intermediate or advanced level of language proficiency, or at the beginning level if a beginning language program in the target language is not available in the U.S. Summer FLAS for language study abroad requires U.S. Department of Education approval of the instructional program and travel itinerary. Eligible graduate students in any discipline and department may apply for FLAS fellowships, including students in professional schools and the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. IES gives absolute priority to applications for its priority languages Portuguese and Turkish as well as for the less commonly taught languages Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Modern Greek, Irish Gaelic, Norwegian, Swedish, Welsh, and Yiddish. Students who are pursuing advanced level language proficiency German, French, Italian and Spanish can also apply. Priority is given to applications by students from under-represented groups (economically disadvantaged students, student parents, transfer students, students pursuing degrees in the professional schools and STEM fields) and applicants demonstrating likelihood of pursuing government service and/or pursuing degrees in a professional school or program. Low priority is given to applicants for dissertation research abroad and to applicants who already possess native fluency in the target language. Jury members look for commitment to the area and field when deciding on applications. Past FLAS recipients may apply for subsequent FLAS funding.

Summer – Undergraduate students
Languages offered include Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Modern Greek, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Welsh, and Yiddish at the Intermediate or Advanced level. Applications for summer study of other Northern, Western or Southern European languages are possible, pending approval of the language program by the U.S. Department of Education. To be eligible, an undergraduate student must have completed at least two semesters of study of the target language by the start of the fellowship. FLAS grants cannot  be awarded for beginning level language training. Students wishing to use an award for an overseas language program must be at the intermediate or advanced level of language proficiency. Summer FLAS for language study abroad requires U.S. Department of Education approval of the instructional program and travel itinerary. Eligible undergraduate students in any discipline and department may apply for FLAS fellowships, including students in professional schools and the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. IES gives absolute priority to applications for its priority languages Portuguese and Turkish as well as for the less commonly taught languages Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Modern Greek, Irish Gaelic, Norwegian, Swedish, Welsh, and Yiddish. Students who are pursuing advanced level language proficiency German, French, Italian and Spanish can also apply. Priority is given to applications by students from under-represented groups (economically disadvantaged students, student parents, transfer students, students pursuing degrees in the professional schools and STEM fields) and applicants demonstrating likelihood of pursuing government service and/or pursuing Master’s degrees in a professional school or program. Low priority is given to applicants for research abroad and to applicants who already possess native fluency in the target language. Jury members look for commitment to the area and field when deciding on applications. Past FLAS recipients may apply for subsequent FLAS funding.

Deadline for all FLAS applications: January 30.

FLAS fellowships for Slavic languages and other Easter European languages are awarded through the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies . Students applying for fellowships for Turkish can also do so through the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

For more information, visit the following websites:
Academic Year Awards:
Announcement: http://grad.berkeley.edu/flas/
Application: https://tango.berkeley.edu/applicant/app/start

Summer Awards:
Announcement: http://grad.berkeley.edu/flas/
Application: https://tango.berkeley.edu/applicant/app/start

or contact:

Akasemi Newsome
Associate Director, Institute of European Studies
207 Moses Hall
phone: 510.642-0210 (office)
fax: 510.643.3372 (office)
Email: akasemi@berkeley.edu

Institute of European Studies
207 Moses Hall, #2316
University of California
Berkeley, CA  94720-2316

ies@berkeley.edu

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