2014-2015 FLAS Competition will begin October 2013, deadline for nominations is scheduled for Friday, February 14, 2014. More information on the nomination process will be coming soon. Note: 2014-2015 Academic Year FLAS awards will be contingent on available funding from the U.S. Department of Education.
The competition is open to undergraduate, graduate and professional students to promote the study of modern foreign languages and in particular less-commonly-taught languages (LCTL) in European and International studies.
There are two competitions; one is for a summer fellowship the other is for the 9 month Academic year.
The awards are overseen and granted by the U.S. Department of Education. All nominees are subject to the rules and guidelines as set forth by the Department of Education and the University of Minnesota.
Dealine for nominations is Friday, February 14, 2014.
Summer FLAS Fellowships are designed to aid students in acquiring intensive study of language at domestic or international institutions. Summer awardees can be used to study abroad. All programs need to be a minimum of six weeks, 120 hours classroom time for intermediate/advanced language instruction and 140 hours classroom time for beginning language instruction.
Undergraduate students are only eligible at the intermediate or advanced language levels of study.
Summer Awards provide a $2500 living stipend with $5000 tuition. Tuition is ideally paid directly to the institutions; on several occasions we have reimbursed students directly. The Living Stipend for (summer only) is distributed in a lump sum through direct deposit or a payroll check at the beginning of the awardees studies after clearance and approval by the U.S. Department of Education.
For a list of institutions please see your LCTL instructor or visit Center for Advanced Research Language Acquisition CARLA website.Academic Year FLAS
Academic Year FLAS Fellowships are intended for use during the 9-month academic year. Awardees must be enrolled full time at the University of Minnesota taking at least one language course (as awarded by FLAS) and one area course (pertaining to that language) each semester. The courses must be taken for an A/F grade. You must be on campus during the Academic Year to be eligible for a FLAS. You are not permitted to study abroad or at another institution during the academic year. If you are interested in studying a language at an institution abroad please see Summer FLAS Awards.
Academic Year Awards are:
- Undergraduate: Provide a $ 5,000 living stipend, $10,000 towards tuition and mandatory fees.
- Graduate: Provide a $15,000 living stipend, $18,000 towards tuition and mandatory fees.
Tuition is paid directly to the awardees student account. The living stipend is paid out over the 9-month academic year through direct deposit or a payroll check as scheduled through the University of Minnesota payroll system. Students are responsible for any overages.
Graduate students may use part of their tuition award towards health insurance, other then the basic Boynton services included in the registration fees. The student must request and notify the FLAS coordinator in order to process the necessary forms at the beginning of the semester. Note that FLAS will not pay an overage. You will be responsible for any amount over $18,0000. For more information see Office of Student Health Benefits website.
Graduate and Professional Students: An academic department at the University of Minnesota must nominate all FLAS competitors. Undergraduates: May be nominated by a department, LCTL instructor or college advisor.
- Applicants must be University of Minnesota students, fully matriculated at the time of the award they are nominated for.
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Foreign students are not eligible.
- New and returning students are eligible for awards. FLAS fellowship nominees must be degree-seeking students in good academic standing enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Undergraduate students are only eligible for FLAS fellowships to study intermediate (2nd-year) or advanced (3rd-year and beyond) levels of a less-commonly-taught language (LCTL.) Undergraduate students are not eligible for FLAS funding for beginning (1st-year) LCTL instruction.
The following is the list of languages eligible for the FLAS Fellowship. On an exceptional basis you may apply for a language not on these lists understanding that if awarded a FLAS you will need to be approved by the US Department of Education, prior to receiving your award.
The European competition has approval in the following languages: Dutch, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, and Turkish.
The International competition has approval in the following languages Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Finnish, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, and Urdu.
For more information on LCTL’s, see your LCTL instructor or visit Center for Advanced Research Language Acquisition CARLA website.
Information on the application process will be posted soon.
FLAS office hours beginning Thursday, November 14, 2013