FLAS Fellowships

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT -- Published on March 9, 2021

Academic Year 2021-22 FLAS Fellowships for Incoming Graduate Students of Georgia Tech:
Extended Deadline: March 19, 2021 | 11:59 pm EST


ONLINE APPLICATION
 

The FLAS Fellowships, administered by Georgia Tech’s Atlanta Global Studies Center (AGSC), are available for the less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) of Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian/Farsi, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.

Funding for French, German, and Spanish languages are available ONLY for graduate students at an advanced-level. Graduate students may pursue any of the languages listed above at the introductory level ONLY IF they already have advanced-level proficiency in another language related to their area of study or research and studying a second language is relevant to the student’s studies and potential future career.

  • Applicants should be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
     
  • Academic Year 2021–2022 FLAS Fellowships for graduate students include living stipend of $15,000 and up to $18,000 towards tuition and mandatory fees. Also, out-of-state students receive an out-of-state tuition waiver at Georgia Tech.
     
  • Documents/information required as part of the online application form:
    1. Names and contact emails for three references
    2. A Statement of Purpose (4000-character limit or roughly 500 words)
    3. Your undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts as applicable (official or unofficial) as a pdf
    4. Your resume as a pdf
       
  • Sample PDF version of the online application form: This form is for reference only and for students to review the questions and collect information/materials in advance. Only online applications will be accepted.
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  • IMPORTANT NOTE for Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required in order for your application to be considered. Your recommendation letters will be uploaded separately by your references. Please contact your references early to avoid missing the deadline. When your contacts have agreed to write you a recommendation letter, please provide them with the instructions below. It is your responsibility to contact your references, provide them with the instructions, follow up with them, and make sure that they submit your recommendation letters by the FLAS deadline of 11:59 pm EST on March 19, 2021. Letters submitted for your graduate school application are acceptable letters if you prefer reaching out to the same letter writers and requesting they submit the same letters.

    Instructions for Letters of Recommendation [Share this with your letter writers ASAP]:
    The FLAS Fellowship recommendation letter should be 1-2 pages in length and should be written by a teacher, advisor, or employer who can comment on the applicant's academic potential. One letter should come from a language instructor. The others do not need to directly comment on the applicant's language skills. Rather, they should be broad evaluations of the applicant's academic performance, motivation, potential, and interest in foreign language and global studies. All recommendation letters must be submitted using the FLAS Recommendation Letters Link by 11:59 p.m. EST on March 19, 2021.
     

The Atlanta Global Studies Center (AGSC), a consortium of Georgia Tech and Georgia State University is pleased to announce the competition for 2021-2022 Foreign Language & Area studies (FLAS) Fellowships.

FLAS Fellowships assist undergraduate and graduate students in achieving competency in selected foreign languages in combination with international and area studies coursework. FLAS Fellowships are available for the less commonly taught languages of Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian/Farsi, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. Funding for French, German, and Spanish languages may be available ONLY for GRADUATE students at an advanced level. French, German and Spanish are NOT eligible languages for UNDERGRADUATE students. See the "Eligibility" section below for further details.

FLAS fellowships can be used to study abroad or on campus. See below for further details.

Students can apply for both Summer and Academic Year fellowships, which are evaluated separately so there is no disadvantage to applying to both.  

A note regarding travel for Summer 21 & AY 21-22:  

Please be advises that travel next year remains uncertain. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in constantly evolving travel restrictions and guidance. Potential FLAS students should remain flexible in their plans as the possibility of attending programs abroad next summer and/or academic year will depend on developments (vaccines, treatments, etc.) in the coming months. 

US Department Of Education and AGSC take into consideration the official guidance from the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when determining the allowability of travel for FLAS students. FLAS applicants wishing to go abroad should keep an eye on the State Department and CDC travel restrictions and guidance for their particular countries of interest.

AGSC will post updates on this webpage as soon as we have any major developments to share in terms of the allowability of student travel.

Language Eligibility:

The FLAS Fellowships are available for the less commonly taught languages of Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian/Farsi, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili at the intermediate- or advanced-levels. Funding for French, German, and Spanish languages are also available for GRADUATE students at an advanced-level but in ranking candidates with similar credentials, priority is given for intermediate or advanced-level study in less commonly taught languages of Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian/Farsi, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. Graduate students may pursue language study at the introductory level ONLY IF they already have advanced-level proficiency in another language related to their area of study or research and studying a second language is relevant to the student’s studies and potential future career. This should be explained clearly in the statement of purpose.

Application Eligibility:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Application submitted to, enrollment in, or acceptance for enrollment in a Georgia Tech or Georgia State University degree program
  • Undergraduates must pursue study of an eligible language at the intermediate (2nd year) level or beyond and can only apply to study less commonly taught languages of Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian/Farsi, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. French, German and Spanish are NOT eligible languages for undergraduates.
  • Graduate students may pursue language study at the introductory level ONLY IF they already have advanced-level proficiency in another language related to their area of study or research and if studying an additional language is relevant to the student’s studies and potential future career. This should be explained clearly in the statement of purpose.Graduate students are also eligible to apply to study advanced-level French, German or Spanish, but preference will be given for intermediate or advanced-level study in less commonly taught languages of Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian/Farsi, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.

Summer FLAS Fellowships

Undergraduate and graduate students receive a living stipend of $2,500 and up to $5,000 for tuition and fees of the intensive language program.

Summer fellowships are intended for intensive language study in the U.S. or abroad. Intensive language study is defined as a program that offers at least 6 weeks of language instruction with 140 contact hours at the beginning (graduate students only) or intermediate levels or 120 contact hours at the advanced level.

The AGSC encourages applications to Georgia Tech's School of Modern Languages' study-abroad programs or one of GSU's study abroad programs.

Academic Year FLAS Fellowships and Fellowship Requirements

*Only full year (9-month) fellowships are available. Fellowships for only Fall or Spring semester is NOT available. 

Academic Year Graduate Fellowships include a living stipend of $15,000 and up to $18,000 towards tuition and mandatory fees. Out-of-state students receive an out-of-state tuition waiver at Georgia Tech.

Academic Year Undergraduate Fellowships include a living stipend of $5,000 and up to $10,000 towards tuition and mandatory fees. Out-of-state students receive an out-of-state tuition waiver at Georgia Tech.

Fellowship requirements: 

The FLAS Fellowship program is a federal fellowship program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. As per U.S. Department of Education stipulations, academic year fellows are required to take one language course and one global/area studies course each semester. They are also required to be enrolled full-time (12 hrs/semester) during the fellowship period, to make satisfactory progress in their FLAS coursework, and to maintain good standing with the university.

Also, during their fellowship period, fellows are required to undergo an assessment of their foreign language proficiency and submit reports about their FLAS coursework and fellowship. We provide further details on reporting and language evaluation requirements after the award process is completed. We also track the progress of fellows' careers after their time at the university in order to assess FLAS programming, so FLAS fellows are likely be asked to fill out numerous questionnaires throughout their academic and professional careers.

Application Process & Checklist

We recommend preparing your responses and gathering your documents in advance and completing your online application in one sitting. If you have all of the materials, the online application will take about 20 min. 

  • You may begin your application and continue it at a later time ONLY IF you use the same computer and browser. Do not clear your browser history. Just click on the application link from the same computer to continue your application where you left off. 
  • View the application and prepare your answers using your institution's PDF example application form under "Resources" below. This form is for your reference only and for you to review the questions and collect information and materials in advance. Only online applications will be accepted. We strongly recommend completing the online application in a single session since the online application form might not allow applicants to save and come back to the application. 
  • Prepare a Statement of Purpose (limit to 4000 characters, or about 500 words) explaining how this fellowship will help you further your academic and professional goals.
  • If you are applying for a Summer Fellowship, you need the program information (name, length, hours of instruction, and website address) of the summer program you propose to attend. This is for planning purposes only. You may choose a different program at a later time if needed. 
  • If you are applying for an Academic Year Fellowship, you need to provide the name and course number of the global/area studies course you propose to take in the fall semester (Georgia State University applicants only).
  • Save a copy of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcript(s) as applicable (unofficial is okay) in a single pdf file.
  • Save your resume in pdf format.
  • Incoming graduate student applicants must apply for admission to an academic department in addition to the FLAS Fellowship.
  • Have names and email addresses for your referees. See the very important note on recommendation letters and inform your recommendation letter writers ASAP.
  • Complete the online application form. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Selection Criteria

We seek candidates who give promise of becoming leaders in their field of study and professional work. Applicable measures include the applicant’s academic record, extra-disciplinary and professional activities, and supportive materials, including letters of recommendation.

Your statement of purpose should clearly indicate how the FLAS fellowship will advance both your professional career and potential for leadership within your field of specialization or in the performance of public service.

In ranking candidates with similar credentials, the selection committee will give priority to students who demonstrate financial need as indicated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To be considered under the category of demonstrated financial need, students are required to complete and submit the FAFSA form to the Student Aid Office by the FLAS deadline.
 

Online Application Form & Deadline for both Summer 2021 & AY 2021-22:

Letters of Recommendation

GEORGIA TECH: Three letters of recommendation are required in order for your application to be considered. Your recommendation letters will be uploaded separately by your references. Please contact your references early to avoid missing the deadline. 

When your contacts have agreed to write you a recommendation letter, please provide them with the instructions below. It is your responsibility to contact your references, provide them with the instructions, follow up with them, and make sure that they submit your recommendation letters by the deadline.

Instructions for Writing and Submitting Letters of Recommendation for Georgia Tech FLAS Fellowship:

The FLAS Fellowship recommendation letter should be 1-2 pages in length and should be written by a teacher, advisor, or employer who can comment on the applicant's academic potential. One letter should come from a language instructor. The others do not need to directly comment on the applicant's language skills. Rather, they should be broad evaluations of the applicant's academic performance, motivation, potential, and interest in foreign language and global studies. All recommendation letters must be submitted using the Georgia Tech FLAS Recommendation Letter Submission Link  by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 15, 2021.

Georgia Tech FLAS Recommendation Letter submission link Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EST on February 15, 2021

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY: At least one letter of recommendation is required in order for your application to be considered. Up to three letters will be accepted. Your recommendation letter(s) will be uploaded separately by your referee (the person who is writing the letter). Please contact your referee early to avoid missing the deadline.

When someone has agreed to write you a recommendation letter, please provide him/her with the instructions below. It is your responsibility to contact your referee(s), provide instructions, follow up, and make sure that your recommendation letter is submitted by the deadline. You will receive an email confirmation when a letter is submitted.

Instructions for Writing and Submitting Letters of Recommendation for Georgia State University FLAS Fellowship:

The FLAS Fellowship recommendation letter should be 1-2 pages in length and should be written by a teacher, advisor, or employer who can comment on the applicant's academic potential. The first letter should come from a language instructor. The other optional letters do not need to directly comment on the applicant's language skills. Rather, they should be broad evaluations of the applicant's academic performance, motivation, potential, and interest in foreign language and global studies. All letters must be submitted using the Georgia State University FLAS Recommendation Letter Submission Link by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 31, 2021.

Georgia State University FLAS Recommendation Letter submission link Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EST on January 31, 2021.

Resources

Georgia Tech FLAS Fellowship Information Sheet

Georgia Tech's FLAS Fellowship Example Application [for reference only]

Georgia Tech's School of Modern Languages' Study Abroad Programs


Georgia State University FLAS Fellowship Information Sheet

Georgia State University FLAS Fellowship Example Application [for reference only]

Georgia State University's Study Abroad Programs

Upcoming Information Sessions:

GEORGIA TECH:
Open to all, no registration required

* If you are interested in scheduling an information session for your department or program, please contact Sebnem Ozkan at sebnem.ozkan@gatech.edu

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY:

Open to all: October 2, 2020, 2 p.m. (Register Here)
For graduate students only: October 16, 2020 11 a.m. (Register Here)
For Study Abroad: October 27, 2020 4 p.m. (Register Here)
If you are interested in scheduling an information session for your department or program, please contact Diana Wrenn Rapp at dwrenn1@gsu.edu


List of Previous and Current FLAS Fellows

The FLAS Fellowship program is authorized under Title VI of the Higher Education Act and is administered by the U.S. Department of Education.