FLAS Academic Year Grants

Academic Year Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Grants

Through funding from the United States Department of Education, the Center for African Studies offers Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships, providing tuition and stipend support for Harvard University graduate students interested in intensive for-credit study of an African language.

Academic Year FLAS Fellowships may be utilized domestically or overseas, for language and area studies. This fellowship may also be used for overseas dissertation research, provided the student is at the advanced level of language proficiency. The use of language in overseas dissertation research must 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 full academic year’s worth of formal instruction. Fellowships require affiliation with an academic institution or organization approved by the Department of Education.

Academic year fellowships provide a tuition grant of up to $18,000, plus a $15,000 stipend to be dispersed monthly over a ten-month period. Remaining tuition and health fees, if any, must be covered by the students’ school of enrollment within Harvard University (i.e. GSAS, GSE, Divinity School). All Non-GSAS applicants must notify their school’s Financial Aid Office that they have applied for a FLAS.

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a US citizen, US national, or US permanent resident

  • Enrolled in a graduate degree program in one of the Harvard graduate schools. All non-GSAS applicants must notify their school’s Financial Aid Office that they intend to apply for a FLAS Fellowship to ensure the school’s participation. Please note: Masters Programs at HSPH have a per-credit billing policy and tuition coverage is only applicable to remaining credits required to complete the program.

  • Applicants agree to be enrolled in one graded FLAS-approved language and one graded area studies course per term; or be engaged in overseas dissertation research in the international aspects of professional (or other) fields of study.

  • For use of fellowship overseas: applicant must agree to be enrolled in an advanced language program overseas approved by the Department of Education; or pursue overseas PhD dissertation research, provided there is affiliation with an overseas institution of higher education or appropriate organization in the host country. Students must submit the following information along with the application: name of institution where the student will be conducting research, the name of a contact at that institution, and the dates of travel.

  • Applicant may not receive concurrent federal support from other sources, except student loans and work/study.

  • Fellows must obtain approval from the FLAS Coordinator for any TF or other work opportunities before accepting them, to ensure compliance with federal regulations and continuation of their grant. Employment may not exceed the value of one-fifth of teaching per term.

Application

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2017 at 3:00 pm (EST)

  • Award recipients must complete pre- and post-program self-assessments

  • Award recipients must undergo pre- and post-program evaluation by a language instructor

  • Complete CARAT application form

  • Current resume

  • Two letters of recommendation (one from a language instructor and one from an area studies instructor). May be emailed or mailed directly to the Student Support & Outreach Officer at nthatisiquella@fas.harvard.edu or 1730 Cambridge Street, Room 403, 4th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138

  • Current unofficial transcript

  • A statement of purpose. Statement must include how the program will influence the work in your concentration, your research, and/or your future professional study/career aspirations. Please include the names of published articles and titles of research papers where applicable. Note: The recommended length for the statement of purpose is one page, double-spaced.

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