Tuesday, August 3, 2010

!!Important Announcement:

New FLAS Fellowships Available!!
For the 2010–11 Academic year
for study of Arabic, Modern Hebrew, Kurmanji Kurdish,
Sorani Kurdish, Turkish, Persian, Urdu, Bengali,
Dari, & Pashto
**Deadline August 18, 2010**

The Center for the Study of the Middle East and the Islamic Studies Program, Indiana University, are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowships for academic year 2010-2011.

Each year the United States Department of Education awards Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships to universities in order to promote the training of students who intend to make their careers in college or university teaching, government service, or other employment where knowledge of foreign cultures is a prerequisite for success.

Each fellowship is tenable for the academic year and carries an estimated fixed stipend of $10,000 (undergraduate students) or $15,000 (graduate students). The fellowship also exempts graduate students from paying academic fees, and undergraduate students receive a partial tuition award.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for FLAS fellowships. Holders of FLAS fellowships must undertake full-time study during the tenure of the award and be enrolled in formal language instruction (in the language of the award) and area or international studies courses. Applications are especially encouraged from professional school students.

Students who are already enrolled, or who have been admitted and intend to enroll, for undergraduate or graduate study at Indiana University are required to send the following materials:

1. One copy of the application for Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships;
2. One complete set of transcripts of college and university credits;
3. Two letters of recommendation (printable FLAS Reference Form); and
4. A completed Statement on Language Training and Proposed Program of Study.

Note: If you applied to another IU Center for FLAS in one of the above languages during the February 2010 competition (Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center or Center for the Study of Global Change), it is possible that we can reactivate your existing application without your having to complete a new one. Please let us know by e-mail if you would like us to do this.

The deadline for receipt of materials concerning the application for FLAS Fellowships is August 18, 2010. Because of the short time frame involved for this year’s awards, the committee will temporarily accept unofficial copies of transcripts and recommendations, including recommendations sent by email, for preliminary review purposes. Before any awards are finalized, however, we must receive official transcripts and recommendations (received directly from institutions and recommenders, or delivered in signed/sealed envelopes from the student’s IU home department graduate secretary).

All paper materials should be sent to FLAS Administration c/o NELC, Attn: Zaineb Istrabadi, Goodbody Hall 102, 1011 E Third St., Bloomington, IN 47401. Recommenders may email their letters to zistraba@indiana.edu.

Please visit the NELC Website to download the application and recommendation forms.

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