Foreign Language and Area Studies
For the summer 2016, the U.S. Department of Education provided Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships for the study of Southeast Asian languages to eight institutions: Cornell University, Northern Illinois University, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of California-Los Angeles, the University of Hawaii, the University of Michigan, the University of Washington, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Except for students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, students from these institutions should apply directly to their home university for a FLAS Fellowship to attend SEASSI. Please use the following links to navigate to FLAS application information for students attending: Cornell University, Northern Illinois University, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of California-Los Angeles, the University of Hawaii, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington.
University of Wisconsin-Madison students, and all other students interested in competing for a FLAS fellowship should apply via the SEASSI 2016 application form (see instructions below). We cannot be certain at this point how much FLAS funding will be given to SEASSI by our consortium members to support other students. We anticipate receiving enough funding to be able to award FLAS fellowships to a significant number of students outside of the above-named schools.
Students from universities which receive FLAS funds for other world regions might also consider contacting your university's FLAS coordinator to inquire about the possibility of applying for excess FLAS funds in order to study a Southeast Asian language at SEASSI. Click here to view a list of those universities and links to their FLAS information pages.
For Summer 2017, a FLAS award consists of: 1) full payment of the SEASSI tuition, and 2) a $2500 summer living stipend.
Applicants for SEASSI FLAS awards must be United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to receive a FLAS award only for language study at the second or third year level. Students admitted to a graduate program for Fall 2017 are eligible to receive FLAS awards for language study at the second or third year level, as well. FLAS fellowships will NOT be awarded to post-doctoral students. Because of limited funds available, not all qualified applicants can be given awards.
For University of Wisconsin-Madison students, and all other applicants not attending one of the above-named institutions, all necessary information and materials for applying for a FLAS award
are contained in this application; there is no separate FLAS application
form. Applications should
be submitted to the SEASSI office at the UW-Madison Center for Southeast
Asian Studies. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all application
materials are complete and submitted on time.
Criteria for Selection
Applicants will be judged by the following criteria:
Commitment to a career relating to Southeast Asia or involving use
of the language to be studied.
Appropriateness of the applicant’s chosen program of academic
study and experience to meet his or her stated goals.
Fit with SEASSI program as determined by language and level of language
proposed to be studied in order to ensure appropriate enrollments
in some SEASSI classes.
- FLAS Fellowships can be awarded only to undergraduate and graduate students for 2nd or 3rd year language study.
Applications from students at the above-named FLAS-granting institutions are reviewed by fellowship selection committees at each FLAS-granting institution, and each of those institutions administers FLAS awards to its own students.
For all other students, FLAS applications for study at SEASSI are reviewed by an independent committee of Southeast Asian studies scholars, selected by SEASSI's Board of Directors. The committee ranks these applications, and awards are made in accordance with those rankings.
Notification of awards, of alternate status, and of rejection will be
sent out by the SEASSI office by April 3, 2017. Those offered an award
must indicate acceptance by the date stated on the award letter. Those
who have not indicated acceptance by the deadline stated on the award
letter will automatically have the offer withdrawn.
The alternate list will be maintained even after SEASSI begins since
some grantees have found it necessary to reject their awards even
after the beginning of the Institute.
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