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Deadline: February 1, 2019, 12:00pm EST (NOON)
Deadline: February 1, 2019, 12:00pm EST (NOON)
The 2019 Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowship
Due Date: February 1st, 2019, 12:00 pm EST (NOON)

All applicants will be notified of final decisions by Friday, March 29th.
GW Institute for Korean Studies, in partnership with the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, has been awarded both a National Resource Center (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Title VI award for East Asian Studies by the U.S. Department of Education.
The U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Program provides summer fellowships to institutions of higher education. The grant to GWU, written by the Institute for Korean Studies and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, assists graduate (Master's, PhD), professional students (JD, MPH, DrPH, MBA, and MD) and undergraduate students at George Washington University to further language study and area/international studies. The Summer FLAS fellowships are intended to help students gain the equivalent of a year's worth of college-level language study. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Note: FLAS fellows may travel to any country that the State Department has listed as Level 1 or 2. Level 3 countries will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Applicants should check the State Department's website periodically and have an alternative country in case a designation changes or the country is not approved. FLAS fellows are not allowed to travel to any country that the State Department has listed as a Level 4.

  • Current undergraduate or graduate student at GWU. Undergraduates or graduates who will graduate in August 2019 or December 2019 are eligible for a summer 2019 award. (Students graduating in May 2019 or earlier are not eligible.)
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • The applicant must be in good standing in any discipline or program with an international studies focus. Formal language study must also be an important component of the applicant's academic program.
  • Proposed summer programs must be at least 6 weeks in duration and consist of 140 contact hours for beginning or intermediate study and 120 contact hours for advanced study (meaning formal instruction in a classroom), according to federal regulations.
  • While all applications will be accepted, priority will be given to language study at intermediate or advanced levels. In addition, priority will be given to master's students who are more likely to pursue government service or enter a professional field.

Targeted Languages
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Hebrew
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Persian
  • Turkish
The Summer FLAS supports undergraduates and graduates enrolled in:
  • formal domestic programs of intensive language study at the intermediate or advanced level in one of the targeted languages
  • formal overseas programs of intensive language study at the intermediate or advanced level in one of the targeted languages

The Summer FLAS also supports graduate students enrolled in:
  • formal domestic programs of intensive language study at the beginning level in one of the targeted languages.

The Summer FLAS does not support:
  • Independent study.
  • Dissertation research.
  • Internship programs
  • Undergraduates studying a target language at the beginning level.

The number of awards is contingent on funding. Information found on this page relates to Summer FLAS Fellowships only.
All applications (including recommendation letters) are due Friday, February 1, 2019, via the online system. Instructions on how to apply through the portal can be found here. To learn more information about the Summer FLAS including requirements, award, and required documents, please click on the link below.
2019 Summer FLAS Fellowship Application
Founded in the year 2016, the GW Institute for Korean Studies (GWIKS) is a university wide Institute housed in the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. The establishment of the GWIKS in 2016 was made possible by a generous grant from the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS). The mission of GWIKS is to consolidate, strengthen, and grow the existing Korean studies program at GW, and more generally in the greater D.C. area and beyond. The Institute enables and enhances productive research and education relationships within GW, and among the many experts throughout the region and the world. 
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