Academic Year FLAS Fellowships for Graduate Students
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide full tuition for one year plus a stipend to students undergoing advanced training in a designated foreign language in combination with area studies, international studies, or international aspects of professional studies.
To be considered for a Stanford academic-year FLAS fellowship in REEES languages, an applicant must:
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or a permanent resident of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.
- Be enrolled in, applying to, or accepted to a degree program at Stanford University.
- Pledge to enroll each academic quarter of the FLAS award period in the REEES language course at the level appropriate for that student (literature and directed reading courses do not qualify). FLAS awardees will take a minimum of 3 units in the grant language for each of the three academic quarters. Language courses must be taken for a letter grade and at the appropriate level as determined by the Stanford Language Center.
- Agree to devote the entire award period to full-time study, as defined by the University, without employment or research for which payment is received, unless it can be shown that the employment is part of the student's degree-earning requirements and does not prolong the time normally required for completion of University requirements.
Applications are due February 15, 2013
A complete FLAS fellowship application must include the following:
- A completed 2013-2014 FLAS application form (available above)
- A statement of purpose (approximately 300-500 words) discussing your educational and career goals and the significance of the proposed language training to these goals.
- Transcripts from each college or university attended (unofficial copies of official transcripts are ordinarily acceptable).
- Two letters of recommendation, with waiver forms accompanying each letter (letters are encouraged from instructors in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies disciplines).
Note: Eligible applicants to the REEES MA program need not submit items 2-4, as their files should contain the required documents. Therefore, only the first page of the above application is necessary.
Please send your completed application via regular US mail or courier (not US certified mail) to the CREEES offices (see address below), or send a scanned version of your materials electronically here.
Announcements of awards will be made in Spring 2013; awardees should be aware that each award is in fact a nomination subject to funding by the US Department of Education.
Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies
Attn: FLAS fellowship coordinator
417 Galvez -- Encina Hall West, 2nd floor
Stanford University MC 6045
Stanford, CA 94305
FLAS fellowships, authorized under Title VI of the Higher Education Act and administered by the US Department of Education, provide full tuition for the academic year and a $15,000 stipend to graduate and professional school students undergoing advanced training in designated foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international aspects of professional studies (law, medicine, business, and education).
The term of the fellowship is for one academic year or less. Applicants in multi-year programs must re-apply each year. Applicants should understand that CREEES's ability to offer FLAS fellowships is contingent upon Congressional funding and US Department of Education approval.
CREEES administers the FLAS fellowships for graduate students pursuing advanced language training in Russian, Polish, Czech, Serbo-Croatian, Hungarian, Ukrainian, Kazakh, Uzbek, and other area languages (contact the Center for eligibility).
The selection of awardees is made annually by the CREEES fellowship committee, which favors candidates who have not previously received FLAS support. A FLAS award will be reduced by the amount of any other funding that a student receives in excess of full tuition and the allowable stipend amount.
criteria for evaluating applications
Department of Education guidelines include the following:
- Awards may be made to applicants in a wide variety of humanities and social science undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as professional fields.
- Low priority is given to applicants whose fluency in the proposed language of study approaches that of a native speaker.
- Low priority is also given to applicants who have not taken the equivalent of at least one academic year of college-level of the proposed REEES language of study prior to the FLAS award period.
CREEES priorities include (in order):
- Applicants to the CREEES MA program
- Applicants to the Stanford School of Law and School of Education
- Stanford undergraduates
Applicants may contact CREEES with questions. Students who fall outside the above three categories are especially encouraged to contact CREEES to determine eligibility.