African Studies is opening a supplemental Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) award competition for Spring 2022. Applications are now open and may be submitted through 11:59 PM CST on November 15. All eligible undergraduate and graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply. Please review the FLAS webpage and FAQs; if you have outstanding questions about your application or eligibility, contact the African Studies Program assistant director, Dr. Diana Chioma Famakinwa (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Due to the pandemic, the U.S. Department of Education has extended new flexibilities to support advanced language learners. Specifically:
ADDITIONAL SPRING SEMESTER 2022 AWARDS AVAILABLE FOR GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
This year only, students may apply for a single-semester award.
- Undergraduates will receive: $2,500 stipend + $5,000 tuition scholarship
- Graduate students will receive: $7,500 stipend + spring semester tuition and fees remission
VIRTUAL OR REMOTE DISSERTATION ACTIVITIES ARE ELIGIBLE
A graduate student using advanced language proficiency to conduct dissertation research remotely or virtually can be funded under the current pandemic-related flexibilities. Applicants must highlight why travel to the region is not a viable option and how a comparable level of engagement with the language will be possible through the proposed research activity. Examples of approved research activities include conducting interviews in an African language or studying texts or archives in an African language.
The core mission of the FLAS program remains unchanged. Awards are intended to promote advanced language study and professional proficiency to the maximum degree possible. All other FLAS eligibility restrictions remain the same. The Summer 2022 and Academic Year 2022-23 FLAS competition will open later this semester. Students may apply and receive a supplemental Spring 2022 award without impacting their eligibility for future FLAS awards. There is no limit to the number of FLAS awards a student may receive.