Korean Language FLAS Students Summer 2013

seymour_0078Four UHM students study Korean language at Seoul National University this summer: Robert York, Philip Boulay, Joseph Michaels, and John Chow Seymour. At the National Traditional Music Museum at the National Gugak Center in Seoul,  John Chow Seymour (center), Ph.D. candidate in music composition and theory,  plays his own music.  John creates “new music for non-Western instruments, such as Korean traditional instruments.  I’ve had pieces performed in Korea four times now, but before this summer, I struggled to communicate with the performers playing my music.  Near the end of this summer immersion program, I met one of those performers, who played my music two years ago.  She was so grateful that I could communicate in Korean now, and we look forward to working together on artistic projects in the future. Truly, the opportunity to be in an immersive language learning environment will be an important step in my career as an internationally-focused artist and academic.

Monbukagakusho Scholarship

Sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology the Monbukagakusho Scholarship allows post-baccalaureate students to do research at Japanese universities for terms of two years, beginning April 2010 or one and a half years, beginning October 2010.

Scholarship benefits:
• Monthly allowance of approximately ¥175,000 (subject to change)
• Transportation to and from Japan
• Arrival allowance and a field study allowance
• University fees and tuition
• Assistance with accommodation arrangements

• U.S. citizenship
• Under 35 years of age as of April 1, 2010
• Graduation from an accredited university before date of departure
• Must be eager to learn the Japanese language

Note: Research must be in area related to or the same as undergraduate degree field. Every applicant must take a written exam in Japanese.

Candidates in the following fields are encouraged to apply: Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Fine Arts, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Agriculture, Medicine, Dentistry, Fisheries, Pharmacology, and Business.

Preliminary application deadline: April 24, 2009
Japanese Exam (mandatory) and English Exam (optional): Architecture Building 101A
Date: May 1st, 9am.

Click the link to download an application form: Monbukagakusho Application (PDF format)

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Joseph O’Mealy, Interim Dean, College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature, 956-8516 or Dr. Kimi Kondo-Brown, Interim Associate Dean, College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature, 956-2073.

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Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Scholarships

The East Asia Council administers the FLAS Scholarships of which there are two types: the Academic Award and the Summer Award.

The Academic Award provides a USD $11,000 stipend and pays for tuition at UHM or at a foreign university where the student is studying language.
The Summer Award provides a USD $2,500 stipend and pays for tuition of up to USD $4,000 at UHM or at a foreign university where the student is studying language.

Applications are available in Moore 321 from late December and are due in February. Applications may also be downloaded from the SPAS website.

Fellowship recipients must:
(1) be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.;
(2) have superior academic achievement and potential;
(3) have clear academic and career goals;
(4) demonstrate East Asian language proficiency at the intermediate mid level or higher in listening, speaking, and reading, and at the intermediate low level in writing; and
(5) enroll in an EA language course at the third year level or above in combination with area or professional studies. We do not award fellowships for dissertation writing.

Each of the three Centers offers FLAS awards for their respective areas. Please check with the appropriate Center for its specific application criteria.