Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Foreign Language and Areas Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

Call for Applications for the 2015-2016 Academic Year and Summer 2015 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

Application deadline February 6th, 2015

The Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) announces a call for applications for U.S. Department of Education academic year FLAS Fellowships to promote the study of less-commonly-taught languages.

Academic Year FLAS Fellowships

The FLAS academic year fellowship supports training in Portuguese, K’iche’ Maya and Quechua. The fellowship provides tuition and fees for the fall and spring semesters plus a stipend. Recipients of academic year FLAS Fellowships are required to take courses at UNM in K'iche' Maya, Portuguese or Quechua as well as Latin American area studies courses.

Summer FLAS Fellowships

Students may also apply for FLAS summer fellowships. These fellowships cover expenses associated with less-commonly-taught language programs approved by the US Department of Education but administered by universities throughout the United States. Some programs are held in the United States and others are held in Latin America. The summer 2015 programs list is expected to become available by mid-December.

Application Information

The deadline for both the 2015-2016 Academic Year FLAS Fellowship and the 2015 Summer FLAS fellowship isFriday, February 6th, 2015 at 5:00 pmA Help Session will be held at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at the LAII. All first-time applicants are encouraged to attend.

Full-time UNM undergraduate and graduate students in any discipline who are focusing on the study of Latin America may apply. Undergraduate student recipients must be prepared to study one of the approved languages at the intermediate or advanced level. Graduate student recipients may study one of the approved languages at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced level. Students at the very advanced level are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to those students for which a robust range of courses in the chosen language have yet to be completed. Ph.D. students at the dissertation phase are discouraged from applying. Recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students in the professional schools and those planning a career in U.S. government service are highly encouraged to apply.

Students with or without financial need are encouraged to apply; however, preference will be given to those who can demonstrate financial need.  As such, applicants should submit their FAFSA to UNM’s Office of Financial Aid at the earliest date possible (January 1st). FAFSA reports will be consulted during the FLAS application review process.

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