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  1. 1. Fellowship & Scholarship Information November 13, 2013
  2. 2. Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Gary & Patricia Leiser Scholarship in Middle Eastern Languages Elizabeth Ducey Scholarship John Damis Middle East Studies Scholarship Fellowship & Scholarship Information November 13, 2013 pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/middle-east-studies-scholarships
  3. 3. About FLAS Types of fellowships Eligibility Application process FAQs Submitting a strong application FLAS Fellowships pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  4. 4. About FLAS The Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) Program provides grants to a select number of public and private institutions of higher education to enable them to offer competitive academic year and summer fellowships annually. Meritorious students use the fellowships to pursue advanced training in modern foreign languages and either area or international studies… FLAS Fellowships pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  5. 5. The Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) Program provides grants to a select number of public and private institutions of higher education to enable them to offer competitive academic year and summer fellowships annually. Meritorious students use the fellowships to pursue advanced training in modern foreign languages and either area or international studies… FLAS Fellowships About FLAS pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  6. 6. … Since its inception as part of the Title VI, National Defense Education Act of 1958 and presently as part of the Title VI, Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Program has produced and continues to produce a uniquely qualified cadre of modern foreign language experts whose knowledge significantly influences the business, government, and higher education communities. FLAS Fellowships About FLAS pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  7. 7. … Since its inception as part of the Title VI, National Defense Education Act of 1958 and presently as part of the Title VI, Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Program has produced and continues to produce a uniquely qualified cadre of modern foreign language experts whose knowledge significantly influences the business, government, and higher education communities. FLAS Fellowships About FLAS pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  8. 8. Types of fellowships & amounts FLAS fellowships will provide a portion of institutional tuition and fees, as well as a stipend •  UNDERGRADUATE & GRADUATE SUMMER AWARD – $5,000 tuition, $2,500 stipend Applications for Academic Year fellowships are not being accepted at this time. FLAS Fellowships pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  9. 9. Types of fellowships Summer •  Domestic beginning, intermediate and advanced intensive language programs. •  Overseas intermediate and advanced intensive language programs. FLAS Fellowships pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  10. 10. Types of fellowships Summer •  Intensive summer language study must be the equivalent of one academic year of modern foreign language study. •  Summer courses must be for a minimum duration of 6 weeks and include at least 140 contact hours of classroom instruction for beginner and intermediate levels, or 120 contact hours for advanced level instruction, to be eligible, subject to approval. •  Students of Arabic should be aware of post study abroad requirements. FLAS Fellowships pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  11. 11. Eligibility A student is eligible to receive a fellowship if he/she… … is a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States. … is accepted for enrollment or is enrolled in a program that combines modern foreign language training with area or international studies. … shows potential for high academic achievement based on grade point average, class ranking, or similar measures determined by the institution. FLAS Fellowships pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  12. 12. Eligibility And moreover… •  Undergraduates must be at the intermediate level of proficiency or higher as determined by a language instructor in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish. •  Native speakers are not eligible for this fellowship. •  Priority is given to students who have strong academic records in their major and their language area of study, when applicable. FLAS Fellowships pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  13. 13. Application process Submit a complete application packet by Friday, January 31, 2014; 5 p.m. including… 1.  Completed Application Form 2.  Official, up-to-date transcript. First year graduate students should also include undergraduate transcripts. 3.  Any relevant graduate examination scores, e.g. GRE, GMAT, LSAT (Graduate students only). FLAS Fellowships pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  14. 14. Application process 4.  One page single-spaced Statement of Intent. Applicants should describe how the FLAS Fellowship will contribute to their academic preparation and the relationship of Middle East language study to future study and career goals. 5.  Two Letters of Recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s work, preferably including one that specifically addresses language proficiency and one that addresses work in the student’s major area. FLAS Fellowships pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  15. 15. Regarding Statements of Intent… •  Applicants should refer to the Submitting a Strong Application information session handout available on the Middle East Studies Center’s website for advice on drafting a strong statement of intent. FLAS Fellowships pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  16. 16. Regarding recommendations… •  The applicant is responsible for alerting recommenders of the application deadline and ensuring timely delivery of recommendation letters. Letters may be delivered to the Middle East Studies Center or given to the applicant in a sealed and signed envelope to be submitted with other application materials. FLAS Fellowships pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  17. 17. I am an undergraduate student planning to graduate after the spring term. Can I apply for a summer FLAS immediately following graduation? FLAS Fellowships pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  18. 18. I am an undergraduate student planning to graduate after the spring term. Can I apply for a summer FLAS immediately following graduation? FLAS Fellowships Applicants must be enrolled full-time or accepted for full- time enrollment at Portland State University as degree- seeking undergraduate or graduate students. Applicants may choose to stay enrolled for the course of a fellowship, including delaying graduation. Applicants are not eligible for FLAS following graduation. pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  19. 19. I have taken classes at a few different universities, but they are all shown as transfer credits on my main transcript. Do I need to submit official transcripts from all institutions I've attended? FLAS Fellowships pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  20. 20. I have taken classes at a few different universities, but they are all shown as transfer credits on my main transcript. Do I need to submit official transcripts from all institutions I've attended? FLAS Fellowships Your transcript should provide an accurate and complete account of your post-secondary studies. It is not necessary to submit official transcripts from every institution you’ve attended if coursework undertaken elsewhere is reflected as transfer credit on a main transcript. pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  21. 21. As an undergraduate student, do I need to be currently enrolled in classes for the language I intend to study for the summer on FLAS? FLAS Fellowships pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  22. 22. As an undergraduate student, do I need to be currently enrolled in classes for the language I intend to study for the summer on FLAS? FLAS Fellowships While current enrollment in the fellowship language is not required, successful applicants will demonstrate commitment to the subject area and to a course of study that requires advanced foreign language and area studies training. pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  23. 23. Are there restrictions on what country I can go to on a summer FLAS? FLAS Fellowships pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  24. 24. Are there restrictions on what country I can go to on a summer FLAS? FLAS Fellowships The International and Foreign Language Education office of the U.S. Department of Education reviews Overseas Program Requests for each FLAS fellow who proposes to study abroad. The office reviews these requests for compliance and, if necessary, consults with U.S. embassies. pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  25. 25. Can I travel outside of my main country during the summer FLAS period? FLAS Fellowships pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  26. 26. Can I travel outside of my main country during the summer FLAS period? FLAS Fellowships The primary purpose of travel abroad on a FLAS fellowship should be intensive language study. pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  27. 27. Do I need to be accepted to a summer program to before submitting my summer FLAS application? FLAS Fellowships pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  28. 28. Do I need to be accepted to a summer program to before submitting my summer FLAS application? FLAS Fellowships FLAS applicants are encouraged to consider summer program options as early as possible, however it is not necessary to be accepted to a summer program before submitting an application. pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  29. 29. Can the FLAS help me cover travel costs to and from my program country? FLAS Fellowships pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  30. 30. Can the FLAS help me cover travel costs to and from my program country? FLAS Fellowships Depending on available funding, summer fellows may be eligible to receive travel awards to support travel to and from the student’s summer program site. Travel awards are $1,000 or the actual cost of travel whichever is less. Travel awards may cover costs of travel to either a domestic or overseas program site. Note that international travel with travel award funds is subject to the Fly America Act. pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  31. 31. My total tuition is less than the FLAS tuition amount. Will I get the remainder as a refund? FLAS Fellowships pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  32. 32. My total tuition is less than the FLAS tuition amount. Will I get the remainder as a refund? FLAS Fellowships No. Any institutional payment monies in excess of the actual tuition and fees will be used to fund additional fellowship awards. pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  33. 33. Can I apply for more than one language? FLAS Fellowships pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  34. 34. Can I apply for more than one language? FLAS Fellowships Good question! No. pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/flas
  35. 35. Middle East Studies Center Scholarships pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/middle-east-studies-center-scholarships Gary & Patricia Leiser Scholarship in Middle Eastern Languages Elizabeth Ducey Scholarship John Damis Middle East Studies Scholarship
  36. 36. Middle East Studies Center Scholarships Gary & Patricia Leiser Scholarship in Middle Eastern Languages Criteria: •  Current enrollment in Arabic, Persian, or Turkish •  Minimum GPA of 3.25 •  Applicants must be US citizens and demonstrate a serious interest in the Middle East by taking courses related to the region, although not necessarily a Middle East Studies degree program pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/middle-east-studies-center-scholarships
  37. 37. Middle East Studies Center Scholarships Elizabeth Ducey Scholarship Criteria: •  Applicants must intend to study for a specialty in Middle East Studies. •  Enrollment and satisfactory progress in a Middle Eastern language. •  Available to help finance study abroad. pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/middle-east-studies-center-scholarships
  38. 38. Middle East Studies Center Scholarships John Damis Middle East Studies Scholarship Criteria: •  Undergraduate or graduate students majoring in International Studies or Political Science with Middle East focus •  Overall GPA of 3.00 pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/middle-east-studies-center-scholarships
  39. 39. Middle East Studies Center Scholarships For all scholarships… Criteria: •  Applicants must be enrolled full-time or accepted for full-time enrollment at Portland State University as degree-seeking students pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/middle-east-studies-center-scholarships
  40. 40. Middle East Studies Center Scholarships For all scholarships… Application process: •  Scholarship Application Form •  Statement of intent of 250 words maximum on how this scholarship will help in reaching academic, career, and/or personal goals, unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended •  A letter of recommendation from your language instructor or area studies or academic adviser. pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/middle-east-studies-center-scholarships
  41. 41. Middle East Studies Center Scholarships For all scholarships… Application process: •  Scholarship awards are determined by the Middle East Studies Center Faculty Advisory Committee chaired by the Director of the Middle East Studies Center. pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/middle-east-studies-center-scholarships
  42. 42. Middle East Studies Center Scholarships For all scholarships… Application process: •  Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all materials, including letters of recommendation, are received by the Middle East Studies Center by the application deadline. Only complete applications from students who meet the scholarship criteria will be accepted. All scholarship applicants are required to certify that they have read and followed the guide to 'Submitting a Successful Application'. pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/middle-east-studies-center-scholarships
  43. 43. Middle East Studies Center Scholarships For all scholarships… Application process: •  Submit a completed application to the Middle East Studies Center by 5 pm Friday, January 31, 2014 pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/middle-east-studies-center-scholarships
  44. 44. Questions? For more information contact Middle East Studies Center Program Manger, Tam Rankin: (503) 725-5811 pdx.edu/middle-east-studies/middle-east-studies-scholarships Fellowship & Scholarship Information November 13, 2013

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