New Program! Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowship

The FLAS Summer Fellowship is now open to GW students
November 21, 2014

GW has recently been awarded a U.S. Department of Education grant!

This Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) grant will award summer fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students. The grant to GWU, written by the Institute for Middle East Studies and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, assists graduate (Master's, PhD), professional students (JD, MD) and undergraduate students at George Washington University to further language study and area/international studies. The Summer FLAS fellowships are intended to help students gain the equivalent of a year's worth of college-level language study.

Undergraduate students who have reached intermediate or advanced proficiency in the following target languages are eligible to apply:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Hebrew
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Persian
  • Turkish

The award will cover up to $5,000 in tuition (excluding fees) and up to $2,500 total for room and board and textbooks. Overseas airfare is available up to $2,000. Remaining costs should be covered by the student. (Overseas airfare must be in compliance with the Fly America Act.)

The Summer FLAS supports undergraduates and graduates enrolled in both formal domestic programs and formal overseas programs of intensive language study. Proposed summer programs must be at least 6 weeks in duration and consist of 140 contact hours for intermediate study and 120 contact hours for advanced study (meaning formal instruction in a classroom), according to federal regulations.

The Summer FLAS does not support independent study, dissertation research, internship programs, or undergraduates studying a target language at the beginning level.

Eligibility for undergraduates:

  • All undergraduates (full or part-time) are eligible except for seniors graduating in May 2015. Seniors graduating in August 2015 or December 2015 are eligible.
  • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
  • The applicant must be in good standing in any discipline or program with an international studies focus. Formal language study must also be an important component of the applicant's academic program.
  • Applicants must submit a FAFSA for 2015-16 to be considered for this award.

How to apply:

The following materials must be submitted via online fellowships application portal by 12:00 PM EST on 15 January 2015:

  • Application
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Summer Program Information
  • Budget
  • Transcripts
  • CV
  • Academic Recommendation (should be from a language professor.)

Your Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages) should describe how summer language study will complement your academic program and contribute to your career goals and interests.

Description of proposed program of study for summer should include copies of relevant materials from your proposed language school or study abroad program that provide course descriptions and total classroom contact hours information. Materials from the institution's website can be included.

Recommendations will be submitted via our online system. Applicants in the online portal should enter the emails and names of their recommenders when prompted in the recommendation section of the online application. Recommenders will then receive an email request to complete his/her recommendation. Applicants will be sent an email confirmation from the system when the recommendations have been submitted.

Study overseas requires advance approval from the U.S. Department of Education (approval request must be submitted at least 30 days prior to departure and will be handled by the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships; students may not contact the U.S. Department of Education directly).

Awardees will be chosen by a GW committee on a competitive basis from eligible applicants based on their academic performance, the relevance of language study to their academic programs, their career and professional goals, and their demonstrated ability in foreign language study .

The deadline for FLAS is 12:00 PM EST on 15 January 2015. All applicants will be notified of their award status by no later than March 13th, 2015. Applicants who have plans to study at another institution must be sure to meet that institution's deadlines, regardless of FLAS award decisions.

Please contact the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research (fellcent@gwu.edu) with any questions.