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 2016 FLAS

Summer 2016 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 2016-17 FLAS

Academic year 2016-17 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 2015 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 2015 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.

Fly America Act

Federal Travelers (including FLAS Awardees granted a Travel Award) are required to use United States air carrier service for all air travel and cargo transportation services funded by the United States Government. One exception to this requirement is transportation provided under a bilateral or multilateral air transport agreement.

The United States Government has entered into several air transport agreements that allow federal funded transportation services for travel and cargo movements to use foreign carriers under certain circumstances. There are currently four bilateral/multilateral "Open Skies Agreements" in effect.

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Deadline

Applications for summer 2016 and the 2016-17 academic year will be due on February 5, 2016. 

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Academic Year 2015-2016 FLAS Fellows

  • Margaret Harris (BA), Linguistics and East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Catherine Ji (BS), Computer Engineering and Computer Science
  • Stephanie Kang (MA), Political Science and International Relations
  • Shalea Klepner (BA), Cinematic Arts Critical Studies
  • Kelsey Quan (BA), East Asian Area Studies

Summer 2015 FLAS Fellows

  • Holly Blackwelder (BA), Linguistics
  • Christopher Cao (BS), Business Administration (World Bachelor in Business)
  • Melissa Chan (Ph.D) East Asian Langagues and Cultures
  • Ana Cuellar-Aguilar (BA), International Relations
  • Reuben Friedman (BA), International Relations
  • Xingyao Heidi Hong (Ph.D) American Studies and Ethnicity
  • Stephanie Kang (MA), Political Science and International Relations
  • Lara Kiefer (BS/BA), Business Administration, East Asian Languages and Cultures 
  • Tatyana Kostochka (Ph.D), Philosophy
  • Jonathan Krabbenschmidt (BS), Accounting
  • David Lee (BA), International Relations (Global Business)
  • Kenneth Lee (BA), International Reltions (Global Economy)
  • Lucia Lin (BA), East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Laura Lucas (BA), Psychology
  • Amira Perryman (BA), International Relations
  • Kelsey Quan (BA), East Asian Area Studies
  • Tyler Walker (BA), East Asian Languages and Cultures

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