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MIDDLE EAST
STUDIES CENTER

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS)

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) will issue a 2018-2022 Request for Proposals for Title VI National Resource Center/Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship grants for which The Middle East Studies Center (MESC) is preparing to apply. ED's timeline is unknown at this point. If received, these funds would provide support for Academic Year 2018-2019 FLAS Fellowships. Due to the delay in announcing the Request for Proposals, MESC will not know the results of this competition in March 2018. Fellowship competition results will not be made until the results of the Title VI NRC/FLAS competition are announced. The awarding of these fellowships is dependent upon the continued receipt of Title VI funding from the U.S. Department of Education. MESC staff will keep applicants updated. Graduate students in particular are encouraged to discuss this with their home program and graduate program coordinator.  The online application is located at go.osu.edu/FLAS-Mideast

Graduate and undergraduate fellowship information, requirements, and application procedures follow. You can also download info sheets for graduate fellowships at go.osu.edu/FLAS-Info-G, and undergraduate fellowships at go.osu.edu/FLAS-Info-UG

Questions? Contact us at https://mesc.osu.edu/FLAS-contact

2018-2019 Competition for Graduate and Professional Students:
For Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish

LANGUAGE ELIGIBILITY: Awards will be made through MESC for Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish. If applying for an award in more than one language, separate applications for each language/area study focus must be submitted. Applicants are responsible for contacting appropriate language departments and/or summer language programs and establishing that their requested level of language instruction will be offered in 2018-19.

ACADEMIC YEAR (AY) FELLOWSHIPS: AY fellowships are expected to carry a stipend of $15,000 and an award for full tuition and partial OSU fees for students in programs within the OSU Graduate School or up to $18,000 in tuition and fee support for professional school students or students studying at other institutions. Subject to approval, AY FLAS fellowships may also be used for foreign language and area studies at other U.S. or foreign institutions. Because FLAS Fellowships are language and area study-based, all AY award recipients must be enrolled in at least one three-credit, graded, classroom-taught language course and at least one three-credit, graded, classroom-taught area studies course each semester during the tenure of the fellowship. AY award recipients must also be full-time fellows (12 credit hours per semester). In order to gauge each student's language progress during the period of their fellowship, recipients are also required to take a language proficiency entrance examination in the beginning of the academic year and an exit examination at the end of the academic year. FLAS Fellows are also required to meet with the FLAS Coordinator prior to the start of each semester to discuss their course load and program of study. In addition, all recipients are required to submit a post-fellowship online report to the U.S. Department of Education, and participate in brief bi-annual surveys on their job placement and use of language skills for eight years post-graduation. If a Fellow fails to meet any of these requirements, money may be withheld and/or he/she will be required to return the money given to them including payments for tuition.

PRIORITIES: In awarding Academic Year 2018-19 fellowships, MESC will base its priorities off of the FLAS competition priorities announced by the U.S. Department of Education in its 2018-2022 Title VI NRC/FLAS Request for Proposals (forthcoming).

AWARD NOTIFICATIONS: Fellowship competition results will not be made until the results of the Title VI NRC/FLAS competition are announced by the U.S. Department of Education. The awarding of fellowships is dependent upon the continued receipt of Title VI funding from the U.S. Department of Education.


APPLICATION PROCEDURES

The APPLICATION DEADLINE is Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 4:30 PM. No consideration will be given to applications that are incompletely or improperly filled out.

A complete application includes the following:

1. The completed Online Application Form which can be accessed at go.osu.edu/FLAS-Mideast
2. An up-to-date OSU Advising Report of all courses taken and grades received, and Official Transcripts from any other previous graduate work and undergraduate work (attached in your online application).
3. A one-page single-spaced Statement of Intent (attached in your online application).
4. A Resume or CV (two pages maximum; attached in your online application); required for Academic Year 2018-2019 applicants only.
5. A Budget Estimate section in your online application, with relevant supporting materials attached.
6. Three Letters of Reference from faculty members familiar with the student's work, including language capability. Applicants fill out the Student Section of the FLAS Reference Form and provide it to their referees. Referees complete and submit via this form by Thursday, February 1, 2018.
7. Applicants must also separately submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to OSU's Office of Student Financial Aid by their priority deadline of Thursday, February 1, 2018 in order to be considered for a FLAS Fellowship. The FAFSA can be accessed at http://sfa.osu.edu.
 

CONTACT

Questions? Contact us at https://mesc.osu.edu/FLAS-contact

2018-2019 Competition for Undergraduates:
For Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish

 

The Middle East Studies Center (MESC) at The Ohio State University (OSU) is seeking applications for fellowships for Summer 2018 and Academic Year 2018-2019 under the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program. Undergraduate FLAS awards are restricted to students of junior or senior standing at time of fellowship and have successfully completed two years of Middle East language study at the college level before the start of the fellowship. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

 
LANGUAGE ELIGIBILITY: Awards will be made through MESC for Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish. If applying for an award in more than one language, separate applications for each language/area study focus must be submitted. Applicants are responsible for contacting appropriate language departments and/or summer language programs and establishing that their requested level of language instruction will be offered in 2018-19.
 
ACADEMIC YEAR (AY) FELLOWSHIPS: AY fellowships are expected to carry a stipend of $5,000 and contribute up to $10,000 towards tuition and fees. Subject to approval, AY FLAS fellowships may also be used for foreign language and area studies at other U.S. or foreign institutions. Because FLAS Fellowships are language and area study-based, all AY award recipients must be enrolled in at least one three-credit, graded, classroom-taught language course and at least one three-credit, graded, classroom-taught area studies course each semester during the tenure of the fellowship. AY award recipients must also be full-time fellows (12 credit hours per semester). In order to gauge each student's language progress during the period of their fellowship, recipients are also required to take language proficiency entrance and exit examinations at the beginning and end of the academic year. FLAS Fellows are also required to meet with the FLAS Coordinator prior to the start of each semester to discuss their course load and program of study. In addition, all recipients are required to submit a post-fellowship online report to the U.S. Department of Education, and participate in brief bi-annual surveys on their job placement and use of language skills for eight years post-graduation. If a Fellow fails to meet any of these requirements, money may be withheld and/or he/she will be required to return the money given to them including payments for tuition.

PRIORITIES: In awarding Academic Year 2018-19 fellowships, MESC will base its priorities off of the FLAS competition priorities announced by the U.S. Department of Education in its 2018-2022 Title VI NRC/FLAS Request for Proposals (forthcoming).

AWARD NOTIFICATIONS: Fellowship competition results will not be made until the results of the Title VI NRC/FLAS competition are announced by the U.S. Department of Education. The awarding of fellowships is dependent upon the continued receipt of Title VI funding from the U.S. Department of Education.


APPLICATION PROCEDURES

The APPLICATION DEADLINE is Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 4:30 PM. No consideration will be given to applications that are incompletely or improperly filled out.

A complete application includes the following:

1. The completed Online Application Form which can be accessed at go.osu.edu/FLAS-Mideast

2. An up-to-date OSU Advising Report of all courses taken and grades received, and Official Transcripts from any other previous college level study at other institutions (attached in your online application).

3. A Resume or CV (two pages maximum; attached in your online application); required for Academic Year 2018-2019 applicants only.

4. A one-page single-spaced Statement of Intent (attached in your online application).

5. A Budget Estimate section in your online application, with relevant supporting materials attached.

6. Three Letters of Reference from faculty members familiar with the student's work, including:
  • One letter from a faculty member who can speak to the applicant's qualifications.
  • One letter from a language faculty at the college level to speak to applicant's language ability
  • One letter from a faculty in any field that can speak to your commitment to international studies
Applicants fill out the Student Section of the FLAS Reference Form and provide it to their referees. Referees complete the reference and submit via this form by Thursday, February 1, 2018.
7. Applicants must also separately submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to OSU's Office of Student Financial Aid by their priority deadline of Thursday, February 1, 2018 in order to be considered for a FLAS Fellowship. The FAFSA can be accessed at http://sfa.osu.edu.

 

CONTACT

Questions? Contact us at https://mesc.osu.edu/FLAS-contact

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