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Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year Fellowship

For U.S. citizen or permanent resident graduate ($15,000 stipend and up to $18,000 for tuition for up to 9 credits per semester) or undergraduate students ($5,000 stipend and up to $10,000 for tuition for up to 12 credits per semester) who combine modern Southeast Asian language training with a Southeast Asia area studies focus.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowship

($2,500 stipend and tuition up to $5,000) for U.S. citizen or permanent resident graduate students who will enroll in a formal summer program of intensive language study in Southeast Asia with 120 contact hours in language level 3 & level 4. Graduate and undergraduates at 1st and 2nd year language levels require 140 contact hours and are encouraged to apply for intensive summer language study at the Southeast Asia Summer Studies Institute (SEASSI) at the University of Wisconsin.

CRITERIA AND IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ACADEMIC YEAR FLAS

1. FLAS awards are subject to funding by the U.S. Department of Education.

2. FLAS recipients must be full-time, classified students at UHM at the time of the award.

3. Applicants must be taking a Southeast Asian language (Cambodian, Tagalog, Indonesian, Thai, or Vietnamese) during the award period. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in a 3rd year or higher language course, while graduate students can be enrolled in 1st year or higher language course (though preference is given to applicants at levels beyond 1st year).

4. Academic year fellowship recipients must take at least one upper division (300 level or higher) Southeast Asia area studies course each semester

5. Use of academic year FLAS funding overseas is restricted to special cases that will be reviewed by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies Scholarships Committee on an individual basis. Final approval of your request will be partially determined by the submission of an official letter of sponsorship from a university or educational organization in your proposed country of research along with acceptance into a language program at an approved language school in your host country. Applicants in this category are given lowest priority in the award selection process. The FLAS is not a stipend for field research/work. Please check with your department for possible field work funding opportunities or subscribe to our Linkedin page for external funding at http://www.linkedin.com/e/vgh/2431457/

CRITERIA AND IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SUMMER FLAS

1. Summer FLAS recipients must be full-time, classified students at UHM at the time of the award.

2. Awardees in 3rd year and 4th year language study must enroll in a formal summer intensive language-training program with 120 hours of instruction for a period of 6 weeks or longer. Individual tutoring is not acceptable.

3. Awardees in 1st year and 2nd year summer language study may be supported with FLAS by attending the Southeast Asia Summer Studies Institute (SEASSI) at the University of Wisconsin. Students at this level must complete 140 hours of instruction over a period of 6 weeks or longer. Individual tutoring is not acceptable. Please note that you will be applying directly to SEASSI for admission, not CSEAS. For information on SEASSI and their application process, visit http://seassi.wisc.edu/. Please note on your application that you will be applying to SEASSI.

4. Graduate student applicants desiring to study in-country are responsible for selecting a summer language program that meets the language learning criteria for summer FLAS noted above. Final approval of the program rests with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies Scholarships Committee. Undergraduate applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The application has a text box in which you should list the name of the proposed language program, location, cost, and website URL. You may be requested to provide a syllabus of the summer program at a later date.  All questions related to FLAS awards and the application process can be directed to:

Dr. Chizuko Allen, Fellowships Coordinator

Email: chizuko@hawaii.edu Tel: 808.956.2210

5. The FLAS is not a stipend for field research/work. Please check with your department for possible field work funding opportunities or subscribe to our Linkedin page for external funding at http://www.linkedin.com/e/vgh/2431457/

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. Complete the online application form via the green button above.
  2. Send Reference forms to three referees (see below).
  3. Submit a COPY of your UH transcript via email to chizuko@hawaii.edu. If newly entering a UH grad program, please include a COPY of the transcript from the school in which you earned your BA/BS. No originals needed.
  4. If you are newly entering a UH grad program, please include a COPY of your GRE or GMAT scores used for graduate admission.
  5. The transcript and/or GRE/GMAT scores should be sent as a SINGLE pdf file to: chizuko@hawaii.edu. Please label the file as “FLAS_ApplicantLastName.pdf” and note “SEA FLAS Supplemental Materials_ApplicantLastName” as the subject of your email.
  6. FLAS applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to demonstrate financial need. See directions below.

SEND THE FORM-FILLABLE REFERENCE FORM TO YOUR REFEREE AND REQUEST THAT THEY SEND THE COMPLETED FORM TO chizuko@hawaii.edu BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE.

1. You must have three (3) references submitted. Please consider your referees wisely. Do not leave this requirement to the last minute as professors are often inundated with requests for letters of reference.

2. Send your selected referees the template we have included for you on this website. You must remind them that the deadline for receiving these recommendations. They should be emailed to the address noted above.

FLAS applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to demonstrate financial need. Go here to access the form: https://fafsa.ed.gov. After completing the form, please send it as a pdf to Dr. Allen. If you have any questions about FAFSA, you can contact Dr. Allen at 956-2210 or chizuko@hawaii.edu.

List of Current & Past FLAS Awardees

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  • Jessica Austin, M.A. | Asian Studies  | Cambodian | Academic Year

    Dylan Beatty, M.A. | Geography | Tagalog | Academic Year

    Edward Coates, Ph.D. | Political Science | Indonesian | Academic Year & Summer

    Aixiu Cooney, B.A. | East Asian Languages | Mandarin (Singapore) | Summer

    Katherine Dacanay, M.A. | History | Tagalog | Academic Year

    Susanne DeVore, M.A. | East Asian Languages | Mandarin (Singapore) | Summer

    Robert Findlay, Ph.D. | History | Thai | Summer

    Kasey Larson, M.A. | Second Language Studies | Indonesian | Academic Year

    Lisa Manirath, M.A. | Anthropology | Thai | Academic Year

    Ellen Meiser, M.A. | East Asian Languages | Mandarin (Singapore) | Summer

    Connie Nip, B.A. | East Asian Languages | Mandarin (Singapore) | Summer

    Daniel Pham, Ph.D. | Political Science | Indonesian | Academic Year & Summer

    Dominic Pugliaresi, M.A. | East Asian Languages | Mandarin (Singapore) | Summer

    Jonathan Sawyer, M.A. | Art History | Indonesian | Academic Year

    Mishalla Spearing, M.A. | Asian Studies & Library Science | Cambodian | Academic Year

    Heather Strohschein, Ph.D. | Music | Indonesian | Summer

    Kathy Tran, M.A. | Education | Vietnamese | Academic Year

    Jennnifer Tran, M.A. | Public Administration | Vietnamese | Academic Year

    James Utley, Ph.D. | History | Tagalog | Academic Year

    Leif Walcutt, M.P.A. | Public Administration | Indonesian | Summer

    Samantha West, M.S.W. | Social Work | Tagalog | Academic Year

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  • Jessica Austin | Dept. TBA | Khmer | Academic Year & Summer

    Vannet Bun | Dept. TBA | Khmer | Academic Year

    Oriana Fillaci | Dept. TBA | Indonesian | Summer

    Robert Findlay, Ph.D. | History | Thai | Summer

    Genevieve Greer | Dept. TBA | Thai | Summer

    Kenory Khuy | Dept. TBA | Khmer | Summer

    Alexander Kuestner | Dept. TBA | Indonesian | Academic Year

    Oriana Fillaci | Dept. TBA | Indonesian | Summer

    Isabella Le | Dept. TBA | Vietnamese | Summer

    Chiara Logli, Ph.D. | Education | Indonesian | Academic Year

    Jason Lowe | Dept. TBA | Thai | Academic Year & Summer

    Lisa Manirath, M.A. | Anthropology | Thai | Academic Year

    Joshua Mika, Ph.D. | History | Khmer | Academic Year

    Huy Nguyen | Dept. TBA | Vietnamese | Summer

    Lan Tuyet Nguyen, M.A. | Asian Studies | Vietnamese | Academic Year

    John Palomino | Dept. TBA | Thai | Academic Year

    Julius Paulo | Dept. TBA | Tagalog | Academic Year

    Leon Potter, Ph.D. | Education | Thai | Academic Year & Summer

    Tani Sebro, M.A. | Anthropology | Indonesian | Summer

    Mishalla Spearing, M.A. | Asian Studies & Library Science | Khmer | Academic Year

    Charmaine Wong | Dept. TBA | Khmer | Academic Year

  • Geoffrey Ashton, Ph.D. | Philosophy | Thai | Summer

    Bryce Beemer, Ph.D. | History | Burmese | Summer

    Keith Bettinger, Ph.D. | Geography | Indonesian | Summer

    Scott Bowen, M.A. | Asian Studies | Thai | Academic Year & Summer

    Annalise Castro, B.A. | Asian Studies | Thai | Academic Year

    Phillip Drake, Ph.D. | Geography | Indonesian | Summer

    Ksenia Durova, Ph.D. | History | Cambodian | Academic Year

    Rony Garcia, M.A. | Asian Studies | Thai | Academic Year & Summer

    Jason Maligmat, M.A. | Asian Studies | Tagalog | Academic Year

    Anthony Medrano, Ph.D. | History | Indonesian | Academic Year

    Karl Mercer, III, M.A. | Asian Studies | Vietnamese | Academic Year & Summer

    Joshua Mika, Ph.D. | History | Cambodian | Academic Year & Summer

    Lan Tuyet Nguyen, M.A. | Asian Studies | Vietnamese | Academic Year

    Leon Potter, Ph.D. | Education | Thai | Academic Year & Summer

    Deanna Ramsay, Ph.D. | History | Thai | Academic Year & Summer

    Tani Sebro, M.A. | Anthropology | Indonesian | Academic Year

  • Scott Bowen, M.A. | Asian Studies | Thai | Academic Year

    Marla Chassels, Ph.D. | Anthropology | Thai | Academic Year

    Mary Conran, Ph.D. | Anthropology | Thai | Summer

    Phillip Drake, Ph.D. | English | Indonesian | Summer

    Rachel Hoerman, M.A. | Anthropology | Cambodian | Academic Year

    Matthew Juelsgaard, M.Ed. | Education | Thai | Summer

    Jason Maligmat, M.A. | Asian Studies | Cambodian | Academic Year

    Karl Mercer, M.A. | Asian Studies | Vietnamese | Academic Year

    Joshua Mika, Ph.D. | History | Cambodian | Academic Year

    Wendy Miles, Ph.D. | Geography | Indonesian | Summer

    Leon Potter, Ph.D. | Education | Thai | Academic Year & Summer

    Alisaan Quezon, M.A. | Asian Studies | Tagalog | Academic Year

    Deanna Ramsay, Ph.D. | History | Indonesian | Summer

    Christian Razukas, M.A. | Asian Studies | Indonesian | Summer

    Matthew Reeder, M.A. | Asian Studies | Cambodian | Summer

    Anna Reynolds, Ph.D. | Asian Studies | Indonesian | Summer

    Mayco Santaella, M.A. | Music | Indonesian | Academic Year

    Tani Sebro, M.A. | Anthropology | Thai | Academic Year & Summer

    Peyton Standefer, M.A. | Asian Studies | Cambodian | Academic Year

    Noah Viernes, Ph.D. | Political Science | Thai | Academic Year & Summer

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  • Michele Aquino, M.A. | Asian Studies | Tagalog | Academic Year

    Jonas Estrada, M.A. | Asian Studies | Tagalog | Academic Year

    Shawn Fehrenbach, M.A. | Anthropology | Khmer | Academic Year

    Michael Gardner, M.A. | Asian Studies | Indonesian | Academic Year

    Lance Nolde, M.A. | History | Indonesian | Academic Year

    Deanna Ramsay, Ph.D. | History | Indonesian | Academic Year

    Matthew Reeder, M.A. | Asian Studies | Thai | Academic Year

    Anna Reynolds, Ph.D. | History | Indonesian | Academic Year

    Aaron Sorenson, M.A. | Asian Studies | Indonesian | Academic Year

    Noah Viernes, Ph.D. | Political Science | Thai | Academic Year

  • Bryce Beemer, M.A. | History | Thai | Academic Year

    Cyril Calugay, M.A. | Anthropology | Tagalog | Academic Year

    Mary Conran, Ph.D. | Geography | Thai | Academic Year

    Shawn Fehrenbach, M.A. | Anthropology | Tagalog | Academic Year

    E. Legaspi, M.A. | Asian Studies | Tagalog | Academic Year

    Lance Nolde, M.A. | History | Indonesian | Academic Year

    Trinh Nguyen, M.A. | Theatre | Vietnamese | Academic Year

    J. Osborn, M.A. | History | Vietnamese | Academic Year

    Noah Viernes, Ph.D. | Political Science | Thai | Academic Year

  • Geoffrey Ashton, M.A. | Philosophy | Thai | Academic Year

    Cyril Calugay, M.A. | Anthropology | Tagalog | Academic Year

    Lisa Ebeling, M.A. | Linguistics | Indonesian | Academic Year

    Craig Guzinsky, M.A. | Asian Studies | Indonesian | Academic Year

    Peter Hourdequin, M.A. | Asian Studies | Thai | Academic Year

    William Owens, M.A. | Asian Studies | Thai | Academic Year

    Leon Potter, M.A. | Asian Studies | Vietnamese | Academic Year

    Brian Shoen, M.A. | Second Language Studies | Thai | Academic Year

    Jesse Stephens, M.A. | Anthropology | Thai | Academic Year

  • Geoffrey Ashton, M.A. | Philosophy | Thai | Academic Year

    Wade Holmes, M.S. | Botany | Indonesian | Academic Year

    Micah Pexa, M.A. | Asian Studies | Thai | Academic Year

    Eric Phillips, M.A. | Asian Studies | Vietnamese | Academic Year

    Leon Potter, M.A. | Asian Studies | Vietnamese | Academic Year

    Benjamin Rabitor, M.A. | Anthropology | Khmer | Academic Year

    Vickie Ramirez, Ph.D. | Anthropology | Indonesian | Academic Year

    Laura Robinson, Ph.D. | Linguistics | Tagalog | Academic Year

    Jesse Stephen, M.A. | Anthropology | Thai | Academic Year