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Grant Opportunities/FLAS

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships are funded by the United States Department of Education in support of graduate and undergraduate students studying less commonly taught languages and cultures, in particular those considered to be of critical interest to the United States. They are intended to promote the training of students who plan to make their careers in college or university teaching, government service, or other employment where knowledge of foreign languages and cultures is a prerequisite for success. The current competition is for the Summer 2019 and Academic Year 2019-20. Application deadline is February 3, 2019.

FLAS awards are open to all eligible undergraduate and graduate students, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

FLAS fellowships in African languages and area studies

Indiana University graduate students wishing to learn an African language may apply for the Summer 2019 and Academic Year 2019-20 FLAS fellowship to study an African language relevant to their area of research at the intermediate or advanced levels. Undergraduates demonstrating a commitment to African Studies through enrollment in one of the minors or the certificate are also eligible to apply. Currently approved African languages include Akan/Twi, Arabic (focus is Arabic-speaking regions of Africa; at IU, taught by NELC), Bamana, Kinyarwanda, Swahili/Kiswahili, Wolof, Yoruba, and Zulu/IsiZulu. Award recipients must undertake full-time study during the award period. In addition to enrolling in the chosen language, they must take at least one Africa focused area studies course each semester, offered through or cross-listed with African Studies and approved by the African Studies Program.

Get answers to all of your questions by attending the FLAS Information Session on January 9, 2019, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, in Shreve Auditorium (GISB GA 0001).

Please visit the Hamilon Lugar School of Global and International Studies FLAS application page for complete application details.


Indiana University Internal Grants

Indiana University provides an array of grants and fellowships for its faculty and students. In addition to departmental awards, graduate students in African Studies may apply for grants in support of study and/or research in an African country from the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs. Click here for a list of grants, guidelines, and applications.
The African Studies Program also offers a limited number of awards that are announced via its listserv.


IU GradGrants Center

Indiana University has a GradGrants Center that helps graduate students identify funding sources for travel, research, dissertation writing, and pre- and post-doctoral fellowships. The Center also assists students with the preparation of successful grant applications. It is located in the Herman B. Wells Library.


External Funding Opportunities

The West African Research Association offers pre- and post-doctoral fellowships. Major national foundations that support pre- and post-doctoral research in Africa include Fulbright IIE, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Social Science Research Council, and the National Science Foundation. The Office of the Vice President for International Affairs and the African Studies Program assist students with these grant applications.

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