School of Pacific and Asian Studies
University of Hawaii at Mānoa
1890 East-West Road, Moore 321 Honolulu, HI 96822
phone: (808) 956-2210 fax: (808) 956-6345
2012-13 FLAS Fellowships for Southeast Asia and East Asia. Please click Here for details.
Both current and incoming graduate and undergraduate students can log on the UH Student Scholarship website at: www.star.hawaii.edu/scholarship/. Go to "keyword search" and enter "FLAS" to get to "SPAS Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS)." Click on the "apply" button, answer 20 questions, and submit by February 1.
Application questions may be emailed to the SPAS Fellowships Coordinator, Chizuko Allen.
You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and a full-time degree seeking graduate or undergraduate student at the University of Hawaii. The academic year FLAS recipients must engage in both modern language and area/international studies while the summer FLAS must focus on language training. Summer applicants must be enrolling in a formal program of intensive language training with 120 contact hours in advance language, or 140 contact hours in intermediate language. Following federal guidelines, Ph.D. dissertation research or write-up will be given lower priority. Students who already possess fluency equivalent to educated native speakers in that particular language are NOT encouraged to apply.
East Asian languages: Chinese (third year or higher), Japanese (third year or higher), and Korean
Pacific Island languages: Maori, Samoan, Tahitian, and Tongan
Southeast Asian languages: Cambodian, Indonesian, Filipino, Thai, and Vietnamese
Please note that FLAS requires modern language training, and NOT classical language.
A summer fellowship for East Asia or Southeast Asia consists of a $2,500 stipend and tuition cost up to $4,000. An academic year fellowship provides a graduate recipient with a $15,000 stipend and tuition for up to 10 credits per semester and an undergraduate recipient with a $5,000 stipend and tuition support up to $10,000 for the year. Stipends are usually disbursed in ten monthly installments. Note that funding is subject to U.S. Department of Education grants.
February 1: China, Japan, Korea, Pacific Islands, and Southeast Asia* for academic year 2012 - 2013 and summer 2012 awards
*SEASSI (Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute) in Wisconsin has an early deadline. Check its web site at: www.seassi.wisc.edu.
Yes, it is possible for both academic year and summer FLAS awards. In fact, intensive in-country language training is strongly recommended for summer Southeast Asia FLAS. If studying abroad in the academic year, both language (usually at the third-year level or higher) and area studies courses must be taken. Applicants who wish to study abroad must provide the following information on their FLAS application: the name and location of the overseas institution/program, the web site of the institution/program, the dates of the study/travel, the level and title of the course, and the tuition. After selected, the study abroad plan must be approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
FLAS awards are contingent upon grants from the U.S. Department of Education. Final award announcements for Academic Year 2010-11 will be made after the release of funding information in June 2010. Summer awards will be announced in early April. The number of awards varies from year to year.
Each year, FLAS selection committees at five Centers (Centers for Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Pacific Islands Studies, and Southeast Asian Studies) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa review and rank respective applications. For China, Japan, and Korea, the East Asia Council, comprised of the three Centers, make final decisions on FLAS awards. The decision making process takes a month or two. The fellowship coordinator notifies decisions to applicants.
High academic achievement and promise are the basic criteria. The selection committee looks at the quality of your statement of purpose, the level of your scholarly records, and the strength of faculty recommendations. In addition, the committee reviews your plan to take appropriate language and area studies courses. Because FLAS supports language training, lower priority will be given to those who are writing Ph.D. dissertations as well as those who already possess fluency equivalent to educated native speakers in the target language.
Recipients must abide by the intent of their language study program as stated on the application. If there are any changes whatsoever, they must inform the fellowship office in Moore 321 immediately. They may not be eligible for continued funding if they change plans without approval. A fellowship will be terminated if the student is not making satisfactory progress, is no longer enrolled, is no longer in good standing at the institution, or if he or she fails to follow the course of study promised, unless a revised course of study has been approved.
Alternates are selected and are told they are alternates. Although there is no assurance, alternates sometimes are notified of awards, usually before the academic year begins.
Yes, they can reapply.