Summer FLAS Instructions


GUIDELINES FOR APPLICANTS & DEPARTMENTS/PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS
 

Summer 2014 FOREIGN LANGUAGE
 AND AREA STUDIES (FLAS) FELLOWSHIPS 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014, 5:00 P.M.

Graduate Student Information Session: 2:30-4:00pm, January 13, 2014, Perkins 217

With funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education, the area studies centers listed below will award non-service fellowships for the 2013 summer session.  The awards provide stipends of $2,500 each plus remission of tuition and registration fees up to $5,000 for one summer session.  Each center listed below will administer its own competition to award fellowships for the study of the languages listed.

The purpose of the summer FLAS Fellowships is to permit students to study one of the languages indicated below on an intensive basis.  As in previous years the fellowships are available to graduate and professional school students.  As of summer 2010, the fellowships are also available to undergraduate students who are studying less commonly taught languages at the intermediate to advanced level.

The degree of intensity must be equivalent to covering one year of college-level instruction in the summer (for those at the beginner or intermediate level, the minimum required number of contact hours is 140; for those at the advanced level, the minimum required number of contact hours is 120).  Please note that according to U.S. Department of Education guidelines, FLAS Fellows studying any language on an overseas program must be at the intermediate or advanced level of study of the language in question.  Also, Duke undergraduate students proposing to enroll in a non-Duke overseas program will need to seek approval from the Duke Office of Global Education for Undergraduates.

The summer FLAS competitions are open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students currently enrolled at Duke. In most cases, native speakers of these languages, even if U.S. citizens or permanent residents, are not eligible for a fellowship in their native language.

Eligibility requirements for Summer Year FLAS Fellowships:

  1. recipients must be full-time students in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree program during the regular academic years preceding and following this award;
  2. recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents;
  3. recipients must enroll in the formal study of one of the languages indicated below.

Application Instructions

We are pleased to invite applications from students in academic departments or professional schools for these FLAS fellowships.  Each center listed on the attached page will administer its own competition to award fellowships for the intensive study of the languages listed. Please submit your application materials electronically to each center to which you are applying no later than 5:00 p.m., February 3, 2014. It is possible to apply to more than one center – please make it clear on your application if you are doing so and be sure to submit a complete application with all supporting documentation to each center to which you are applying.

NOTE:  Required application materials include:

  1. a completed application form (next page);
  2. two letters of recommendation:
    1. one which evaluates the candidate’s graduate and/or undergraduate performance, from the candidate’s academic advisor, sponsoring faculty member, or other, and
    2. one from a language instructor who is able to assess the student’s current skills in the language to be studied, or for beginning language candidates, the second letter should be from another faculty member or other who is familiar with your work;
  3. an official transcript of the candidate’s academic record at Duke;
  4. a two-page proposal by the candidate describing prior language and area studies training, related experiences, and future study plans, including explicit reference to how those plans will lead to professional activity in the relevant world area in which the language will be used.  Be sure to clearly indicate the proposed language and the summer intensive language program.

Students planning to apply for a Summer FLAS Fellowship are strongly encouraged to contact the relevant center for assistance with identifying an appropriate summer language program.  It is necessary to make certain that the program would be approved by the funding agency.  Also, some centers require additional application materials in addition to what is listed above.

Duke University does not discriminate on the basis of color, race, religion, national origin, handicap, veteran status, sexual orientation or preference, sex, or age in the administration of educational policies, admission policies, financial aid, employment or any other University program or activity.  It admits qualified students to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities accorded or made available to students.

Center Languages for which fellowships may be offered
Asian/Pacific Studies Institute
142 Franklin Center
Box 90411
contact:  Yan Li
phone:  919-684-5425
e-mail: liyan [Email: liyan #AT# duke.edu ]
Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.  Priority will be given to students pursuing advanced levels of study of one of these languages.Application deadline for Summer FLAS competition:  February 3, 2014.
Center for International Studies
105 Franklin Center
Box 90404
contact:  Nancy Hare Robbins
phone: 919-684-6454
e-mail: nancy.robbins [Email: nancy.robbins #AT# duke.edu ]
Arabic, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Turkish.  Other less commonly taught languages may be supported, contingent upon funding agency approval.Application deadline for Summer FLAS competition:  February 3, 2014.
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
135 Franklin Center
Box 90254
contact: Natalie Hartman
phone: 919-681-3983
e-mail: njh [Email: njh #AT# duke.edu ]
Haitian Creole, Portuguese and Yucatec-Maya. Other less commonly taught languages of the Americas may be supported, contingent upon funding agency approval.Application deadline for Summer FLAS competition:  February 3, 2014.
Middle East Studies Center
124 Franklin Center
Box 90402
contact:  Kelly Schwehm
phone:  919-668-1653
e-mail:  kelly.schwehm [Email: kelly.schwehm #AT# duke.edu ]
Modern Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Modern Hebrew, Urdu (contingent upon funding agency approval).Application deadline for Summer FLAS competition: February 3, 2014.
Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies
302 Languages Bldg
Box 90260
contact: Michael Newcity
phone: 919-660-3150
e-mail:mnewcity [Email: mnewcity #AT# duke.edu ]
The Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies awards Summer FLAS Fellowships for the intensive study of the advanced Russian language as part of the Duke-in-Russia summer program.For application information, contact Michael Newcity.  Due to delays in the issuance of Russian visas, applicants must submit their applications by January 15, 2014.
Please note: According to U.S. Department of Education guidelines, FLAS Fellows using a foreign language to conduct research overseas must be at the advanced level of study of the language in question.FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE RELEVANT CENTER

***BE SURE TO SUBMIT ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS TO ALL CENTERS TO WHICH YOU ARE APPLYING.***


The FLAS application is currently closed to submissions.
Thank you for your interest.