Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

FLAS fellowships are provided by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant for undergraduate and graduate study of Mandarin Chinese, Japanese or Korean and East Asian area studies. The purpose of the program is to enrich the nation’s pool of area and international specialists. Applicants should be planning to use their training to teach, to serve in government or international agencies, or to engage in other work that advances American understanding of other countries.

*FLAS fellowships are contingent upon funding from the U.S. Department of Education. 

Summer 2015 FLAS

Summer 2015 FLAS fellowships are awarded for intensive modern language study equivalent to one academic year at an institution in the U.S. or abroad. The language study must be at least 6 weeks in length and include 120 or more contact hours for advanced level study, 140 or more for beginning/intermediate level study. Fellows are awarded $5,000 maximum toward tuition and a $2,500 stipend.

Please note that it is your responsibility to apply and be accepted for a summer intensive language program that meets the FLAS requirements listed above. The following are recommended programs based on previous FLAS fellow experiences.

Recommended Summer Intensive Language Programs

Chinese

Japanese

Korean


Academic Year 2015-16 FLAS

Academic year 2015-16 FLAS fellowships provide graduate student awardees with $18,000 toward tuition and a $15,000 stipend. Undergraduate student awardees are provided with $10,000 toward tuition and a $5,000 stipend. FLAS fellows enroll in one East Asian language course during both fall and spring semesters and must take at least two area studies courses on East Asia during the award period. All language and area studies classes must be taken for a letter grade. Classes must be taken at USC or in an approved overseas program (for intermediate or advanced levels only). 

Graduate Students Only: Dissertation Research Abroad - The use of language in dissertation research abroad should be extensive enough to be able to consider the foreign language improvement facilitated by the research equal to the improvement that would be obtained from a full academic year’s worth of formal classroom instruction.

Eligibility

    • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
    • Full-time USC students
    • Graduate students: Engaged in advanced language study (3rd year and above). Those already fluent in one East Asian language may apply for beginning/intermediate study of a second East Asian language.
    • Undergraduate students: Engaged in intermediate or advanced language study (2nd year and above)
    • FLAS-eligible languages include Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Korean


Application

Graduate

To apply, please complete the online application and upload the following supplemental materials in electronic format:

  • Personal Statement: In no more than 2-3 pages, double-spaced, address your scholarly or professional ambitions, particularly as they relate to incorporating an East Asia specialization into your future plans, and also elaborate on the program of study that you will follow during the award period.
  • Unofficial Transcripts: From all institutions attended. Copy and paste your STARS report, accessible through OASIS, into a PDF or Word document. Please include your fall 2013 grades.
  • CV/resume
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: Recommenders should provide an overview of your academic performance, maturity, and potential. At least one recommendation should come from a language instructor. Applicants: Please have your recommenders send their letters to eascrecs@dornsife.usc.edu.

Undergraduate

To apply, please complete the online application and upload the following supplemental materials in electronic format:

  • Personal Statement: In no more than 2-3 pages, double-spaced, please describe your study plan, including the language and area studies courses you propose to study. Please also discuss your scholarly or professional ambitions, particularly as they relate to incorporating East Asian language and area studies into your future plans.
  • Unofficial USC transcript/STARS report: Include your fall 2013 semester grades. Copy and paste your STARS report, accessible through OASIS, into a PDF or Word document.
  • Resume: Maximum 2 pages
  • Financial Aid Summary (if applicable): Copy from OASIS 
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Recommenders should provide an overview of your academic performance, maturity, and potential. At least one recommendation should come from a language instructor. Applicants: Please have your recommenders send their letters to eascrecs@dornsife.usc.edu.

Deadline

Applications for summer 2015 and the 2015-16 academic year will be due on February 6, 2015. The application link will be posted in fall 2014. 

EASC Fellowships Info Session Video

Summer 2014 FLAS Fellows

  • Kelly Belter (BA), English (Creative Writing) & French
  • Pleres Choi (BA), International Relations (Global Business)
  • Cassandra Dierolf (MA), East Asian Area Studies
  • Fan Fan (BA), Comparative Literature
  • Eric Fried (BS), Chemical Engineering
  • Jack Koppa (BS), Environmental Studies
  • Young Sun Park (PhD), History
  • Meredith Shaw (PhD), East Asian Languages & Cultures
  • Caitlyn Stone (MA), East Asian Area Studies
  • Marisa Tsai (BA), International Relations

Academic Year 2013-2014 FLAS Fellows

  • Carolyn Choi (PhD), Sociology
  • Shannon Haugh (MPD), Public Diplomacy
  • Jacob Roberts (BA), Economics & East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Tatumn Walters (BA), International Relations & East Asian Languages and Cultures


FLAS Fellow Spotlight: Sarah Myers

For Jier Dong, a first-year M.A. student in East Asian Area Studies and recipient of the 2011-2012 EASC Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, growing up in Northeastern China during a time of increasing Japanese economic influence sparked his awareness of Japan from an early age. After moving to the U.S. and becoming a U.S. citizen, he developed an academic interest in Japan's economic and political impact on both China and the U.S. Jier is also interested in the comparative study of trauma in modern Chinese and Japanese literature "in order to understand the similarities and differences between the two national psyches," he said.
Jier earned a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, after which he worked in the hospitality industry for several years. His future career goal is to work for the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer or an analyst.

Read academic year 2012-2013 FLAS fellow Sarah Myers' interview here on our Tumblr

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