Congratulations to the new 2017-2018 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellows!
The Institute for Global Studies, the Consortium for the Study of the Asias, and the African Studies Initiative, through their respective Title VI grants from the US Department of Education, held competitions for summer 2017 FLAS awards and for Academic year FLAS awards. Undergraduate and graduate students from a broad range of academic programs and majors applied. Three selection committees evaluated 103 applications and selected 21 summer and 23 AY fellows. The new fellows represent 18 different programs in the arts, humanities, social sciences, education, public affairs, and health from across the Twin Cities campuses.
Summer fellows will receive a living stipend of $2,500 and a tuition allowance of $5,000 which they can use to engage in intensive study of a less-commonly-taught language. Many of our summer FLAS Fellows will travel far and wide to study the languages of their choice. Some of their destinations include programs in Norway, Brazil, Jordan, China, Ethiopia among other.
The Academic Year Fellowships for undergraduate students carry a living stipend of $5,000 and a tuition allowance of $10,000. Graduate FLAS Fellows receive a $15,000 living stipend and $18,000 towards tuition and fees. Most AY Fellows will study less-commonly-taught languages at the University with the top three choices being, in order, Arabic, Chinese, and Somali. But many other languages taught at the U are represented too including Portuguese, Hindi, Hebrew, Russian, Italian, and Swahili.
Congratulations to all new fellows!