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1 Foreign Language and Area Studies ( FLAS ) Fellowships

2 FELLOWSHIP PURPOSE  The purpose of the FLAS fellowship is to enable students to devote a semester or more of focused attention on a program of study that combines modern foreign language training with area studies, international studies, or the international aspects of professional or other fields of study.  Legislation: Title VI, International Education Programs, Part A, International and Foreign Language Studies, sections 601 and 602 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended Slide 2

3 TYPES OF FELLOWSHIPS  Academic Year Fellowships  Summer Fellowships Slide 3

4 TYPES OF FELLOWSHIPS  Academic Year Fellowships – Graduate vs. undergraduate  Summer Fellowships – Graduate vs. undergraduate Slide 4

5 Institutional Payment vs. Subsistence Allowance  Institutional payment (tuition and fees)  Subsistence allowance (stipend) Slide 5 Undergraduate Summer Graduate SummerUndergraduate Academic Year Graduate Academic Year Institutional Payment (tuition and fees) $5,000 $10,000$18,000 Stipend$2,500 $5,000$15,000 Total$7,500 $15,000$33,000

6 Eligibility Requirements—All Fellowship Recipients  Must be a citizen or national of the U.S. or a permanent resident of the U.S.  Must be accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a FLAS-granting institution (JHU) Slide 6

7 Eligibility Requirements—All Fellowship Recipients (continued)  Must show potential for high academic achievement (based on GPA, class ranking, or similar measures that institution determines)  Must be enrolled in a program of modern foreign language training in a language for which the institution has developed or is developing performance-based instruction Slide 7

8 Eligibility Requirements— Undergraduate Fellowship Recipients  Must be in the intermediate or advanced study of a less commonly taught language – Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian & Yiddish – Note: Other languages may be eligible Slide 8

9 Eligibility Requirements— Graduate Fellowship Recipients Engaged in --  Predissertation level study  Preparation for dissertation research  Dissertation research abroad, or  Dissertation writing Slide 9

10 Eligibility Requirements— Graduate Fellowship Recipients The Department of Education rules stipulate: “The use of language in dissertation research abroad or dissertation writing award 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 [half] year’s worth of formal classroom instruction. Research must be conducted overseas. A dissertation writing award can be at the home institution.” Slide 10

11 Overseas Program Requests (OPR) — Academic Year  Graduate and undergraduate fellowships may be awarded for academic year overseas programs, but  Undergraduates must be at the advanced or intermediate level of study in a less commonly taught language, and  All fellows must enroll in one language course and one area/international studies course per semester Slide 11

12  Overseas programs must include at least six weeks of instruction and at least 120 contact hours of language instruction for advanced level language courses and at least 140 contact hours of language instruction for beginning and intermediate level language courses  The instruction must be performance- based (i.e., for credit or certification and with testing and grading) Slide 12 Overseas Program Requests—Summer

13 Dissertation Research Abroad Requests  Academic Year only  Student must be affiliated with an institution of higher education or similar entity in the host country  Student must submit a justification for the research project and have it approved by the IFLE program officer Slide 13

14 Travel Approval Requests— Timing Restrictions  If travel funding is applied for a student (a travel award), then IFLE will place restrictions on when students travel and return from their summer programs Slide 14

15 Language Approval Requests— One-time Requests  For students who want to study a language that is not offered on a continual basis  Language must have direct relevance to the student’s academic plan  Instruction must be performance-based from a qualified instructor with experience in teaching, language pedagogy, and assessment  Language approval request must include evidence of the above Slide 15

16 Recipient Reporting Requirements— Pre- and Post-Instructor Evaluations  Recipients must use the DOE IRIS system to submit evaluations & reports  Evals are administered by same instructor  Submitting a report – do not wait! Slide 16

17 Independent Study Requests  Must be approved by Program Officer on case by case basis  In the request, include: – Professor curriculum vitae (CV) – Syllabus – Justification for independent study Slide 17

18 FLAS Fellow Reports - Top 12 issues 1.Fellows do not provide entire course load 2.No indication of which courses are language or area studies courses 3.Enter course listing instead of full title 4.Enter N/A (not applicable) for a course title 5.Enter P/F (pass/fail) grades without explanation 6.Enter zero credits without explanation Slide 18

19 FLAS Fellow Reports - Top 12 issues 7.Enter area studies courses in summer reports 8.Enter audit as a grade 9.No details about their summer overseas language programs 10.Ongoing fellow support during fellowship 11.Centers are not widely publicizing competition opportunities 12.Centers are not providing sufficient, if any, networking opportunities Slide 19

20 FLAS Administration: What Ifs  Graduate student wants to take the beginning level of a language? This is allowable and usually occurs when the Graduate student wants to take the beginning level of another language related to his area expertise and research. For example, the student is proficient in Spanish and wants to take beginning Portuguese.  We said we would award Undergraduate fellowships but we did not have high-quality applications? Notify your IFLE program officer as a FYI. You may then use the funds to create additional Graduate fellowships. Slide 20

21 FLAS Administration: What Ifs  Lodging, e.g., $700, is included in the $5000 “fees” payment for a summer overseas language program. Shall we still give the FLAS fellow a $2,500 stipend? No. You should deduct the $700 and give the student $1800, to avoid duplicative payment.  A student wants to take a single course to satisfy both the area studies/international studies course and the language course requirement. This is not allowed. Slide 21

22 FLAS Administration: What Ifs  A student wants to take beginning Dutch to enhance his capacity to conduct research on Indonesian colonial history. Can we request to add Dutch as a FLAS eligible language on a one-time basis for this particular student? Yes. Dutch is relevant to this FLAS student’s training as an expert on Southeast Asia. Slide 22

23 THANK YOU Questions and Discussion

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