University of Wisconsin–Madison

Get Funding to Study an African Language – FLAS applications now open!

Get FLAS funding to study a languageThe African Studies Program encourages both undergraduate and graduate students of African languages to submit applications for Summer 2018 and Academic Year 2018-2019 fellowships and awards. Applications for the following competitions are now open:

– Undergraduate Summer 2018 FLAS award
– Undergraduate Academic Year 2018-19 FLAS award
– Graduate Summer 2018 FLAS awards
– Graduate Academic Year 2018-19 FLAS awards

All competitions are evaluated separately and an application to one competition does not strengthen or weaken application to another.

Application deadline is February 12, 2018.

African language FLAS fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the African Studies Program to assist students in acquiring African language and area studies competencies. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Preference will be given to applicants with a high level of academic ability and with previous language training.

For more details and to apply online, visit the UW-Madison FLAS site.

Fellowships and awards

Graduate student academic-year fellowship
tuition + $15K stipend

Undergraduate student academic-year award
$10K toward tuition + $5K stipend

Undergraduate and graduate summer award
Up to $5K toward tuition + $2.5K stipend

Languages

Eligible students may apply to study the following languages with a FLAS award from the African Studies Program.

Academic Year

  • Arabic*
  • Hausa
  • Swahili*
  • Wolof
  • Yoruba
  • Zulu
  • African Language Directed Study
    FLAS applicants interested in self-instruction of a language not offered in a regular classroom setting at the UW-Madison may do so through AFRICAN 670 (2cr) and 697 (3cr). Applicants interested in the African Language Directed Study need to contact FLAS coordinator Meagan Doll for details, guidance, and special instructions before beginning a FLAS application.

*Students studying Swahili or Arabic may also be eligible for academic year FLAS awards through the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS). To increase your chances of award, the African Studies Program strongly encourages students to apply to all centers for which they are eligible. Please contact FLAS administrator Meagan Doll (fellowships@africa.wisc.edu) for more information.

Summer
A wide range of African languages are eligible.

Plan your summer African language study with this helpful list of domestic and international language program: Summer 2018 domestic and international programs

The link takes you to a Google spreadsheet that also includes tabs with lists of overseas African language programs that FLAS students have attended in the past. List will be updated as program information is released.

Prospective FLAS students should note that the U.S. Department of Education does not guarantee approval for an overseas program even if approval has been given in the past.

Information sessions

There will be two information sessions for students interested in applying for a FLAS award or fellowship (please note different times for graduate and undergraduate applicants). The content of the November, December, and January meetings will be identical:

November 30, 2017
336 Ingraham Hall
3:00-4:00pm for undergraduate student applicants
4:00-5:00pm for graduate applicants

December 12, 2017
336 Ingraham Hall
3:00-4:00pm for undergraduate student applicants
4:00-5:00pm for graduate applicants

January 22, 2018
336 Ingraham Hall
3:00-4:00pm for undergraduate student applicants
4:00-5:00pm for graduate applicants

January 25, 2018
336 Ingraham Hall
3:00-4:00pm for undergraduate student applicants
4:00-5:00pm for graduate applicants

FLAS Open Houses

These open houses are designed to give students the opportunity to drop in for application guidance or questions. Graduate and undergraduate applicants welcome.

December 1 & 7
301 Ingraham Hall
11:00-1:00pm

January 23 & 29
301 Ingraham Hall
11:00-1:00pm

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