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About FLAS Fellowships
The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies or with the international aspects of professional or fields of study.
The goals of the fellowship program are:
- To assist in the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area or international studies.
- To foster foreign language acquisition and fluency.
- To develop a domestic pool of international experts to meet national needs.
FLAS fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the University of Pennsylvania’s Title VI National Resource Centers to assist students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies, including the international aspects of professional or other fields of study. FLAS awards are available only for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding. Please direct any questions to the FLAS Coordinator of your chosen language.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applications by students in professional fields are encouraged. Preference will be given to applicants with a high level of academic ability and with previous language training. Academic Year and Summer FLAS awards are two separate competitions requiring two complete and separate applications.
Students receiving Academic Year Fellowships must be enrolled in full-time study for the duration of the FLAS award and must take one language course and one related area or international studies course each semester. Academic Year Fellows must be admitted to or enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, or professional programs at the University of Pennsylvania. FLAS awards may be used in some cases for students participating in official overseas language programs and in very limited cases for dissertators. Please see the FLAS FAQ page or contact the relevant FLAS Coordinator.
Summer Fellowships are for intensive language programs either domestically or abroad and require a separate application from the Academic Year Fellowship (minimum contact hours and duration of summer courses are outlined in the FLAS FAQ section).
In 2019, James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies will award up to three (3) grants, each in an amount up to $3,000, to assist Penn graduate students in their research on Korea. Any student enrolled in a graduate degree program at Penn is eligible to apply.
A completed application form and a faculty recommendation letter must be e-mailed to Michelle Silverio <email@example.com> by 3:00 pm, Thursday, February 28, 2019. Award notifications will be e-mailed by mid-March.
Library Research Grants
Each year, the Friends of the Princeton University Library offer short-term Library Research Grants to promote scholarly use of the research collections. The Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Fund also supports a limited number of library fellowships in Hellenic studies, and the Cotsen Children’s Library supports research in its collection on aspects of children’s books. The Maxwell Fund supports research on materials dealing with Portuguese-speaking cultures. In addition, awards will be made from the Sid Lapidus '59 Research Fund for Studies of the Age of Revolution and the Enlightenment in the Atlantic World. This award covers work using materials pertinent to this topic donated by Mr. Lapidus as well as other also relevant materials in the collections.
These Library Research Grants, which have a value of up to $4,000 plus transporations costs, are meant to help defray expenses incurred in traveling to and residing in Princeton during the tenure of the grant. The length of the grant will depend on the applicant’s research proposal, but is ordinarily up to one month. Library Research Grants awarded in this academic year are tenable from May 2019 to April 2020.
Applicants are asked to read the FAQ before beginning the application process.
The application process has changed for 2019-2020 and includes setting up an account in the application system. In the system, applicants will be asked to complete an application form and upload a curriculum vitae or résumé (Word or PDF) as well as a research proposal not exceeding one thousand words in length. Two letters of recommendation are required as part of the application process, and invitations can be sent to recommenders directly within the system. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2019 at 11:59pm. The hard deadline for letters of recommendation is February 15, 2019 at 11:59pm. You are responsible for ensuring your letters are received by the due date. Applications with missing elements will not be considered.
The proposal should address specifically the relevance to the proposed research of unique resources found in the Princeton University Library collections. Applications will be considered for scholarly use of archives, manuscripts, rare books, and other rare and unique holdings of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, including Mudd Library; as well as rare books in Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, and in the East Asian Library (Gest Collection). Prospective grantees are urged to consult the Library’s home page at http://library.princeton.edu/ for detailed descriptions of the collections, especially those in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Applicants should have specific Princeton resources in mind as they prepare their proposals. The general circulating collections and electronic resources of the Princeton University Library are not relevant for purposes of this grant program.
A committee consisting of members of the faculty, the library staff, and the Friends will award the grants on the basis of the relevance of the proposal to unique holdings of the library, the merits and significance of the project, and the applicant’s scholarly qualifications.
The application period for 2019-2020 is now open:
Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowships - Summer 2019
The University of Chicago Library invites applications for short-term research fellowships for the summer of 2019.
Any visiting researcher, writer, or artist residing more than 100 miles from Chicago, and whose project requires on-site consultation of University of Chicago Library collections, primarily archives, manuscripts, rare books, or other materials in the Special Collections Research Center, is eligible.
The Special Collections Research Center is the principal repository of rare books, manuscripts, and archives in the University of Chicago Library.
The Rare Book Collection includes titles from the fifteenth century to the present. Areas of strength in the Rare Book Collection include works and editions of Homer, classical literature and antiquities, the history of science and medicine, English and American literature, history, and economics, nineteenth-century English poetry, modern English and American poetry, historical children's books, Jewish life and culture, theology, Renaissance humanism, and the printed works of Frederick Chopin.
Early manuscripts include texts from the ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and early modern periods. Holdings include the Goodspeed Manuscript Collection of early Byzantine Gospels and liturgical texts; late medieval and Renaissance secular and religious texts, including books of hours and works of Boccaccio and Chaucer; court and manorial documents of the Bacon family; and legal documents from northern Italy in the Rosenthal collection.
Modern manuscripts include collections on the early history of Kentucky and the Ohio River valley; Abraham Lincoln, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Civil War era; civil rights leader Ida B. Wells; Poetry magazine and modern poetry; post-World War II atomic scientists political organizations, Cold War intellectual politics, and world constitutionalism; Native American education and community organization; modern commercial printing; Chicago labor and social reform; Chicago medical history; the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago; and the Chicago Jazz Archive.
The University Archives documents the history of the University of Chicago, the work of its faculty, and the life of the academic community. Among areas of particular strength are the history of higher education, including race and gender on campus; the development of academic disciplines and area studies; and records and papers in economics, sociology, history, anthropology and ethnology, education, law, social thought, social work, theology and history of religions, ecology, physics, astrophysics, and geophysical science, among other fields.
Support for beginning scholars is a priority of the program. Applications from underrepresented groups are encouraged. Applications in the fields of late nineteenth- or early twentieth-century physics or physical chemistry, or nineteenth-century classical opera, will receive special consideration.
Awards will be made based on the applicant's ability to complete the proposed on-site research successfully within the timeframe of the fellowship. Applicants should explain why the project cannot be conducted without on-site access to the original materials and the extent to which University of Chicago Library collections are central to the research. Up to $3,000 of support will be awarded to help cover estimated travel, living, and research expenses.
Successful applicants who are not US citizens must hold a J1 visa and meet other requirements for J1 visa status: https://internationalaffairs.uchicago.edu/page/important-information-j-1-scholars
The deadline for applications is March 4, 2019. Notice of awards will be made by March 29, 2019, for use between June 10, 2019, and September 27, 2019.
Applicants must provide the following information:
- A cover letter (not to exceed one page) including the project title; a brief summary; estimated dates of on-site research; and a budget for travel, living, and research expenses during the period of on-site research
- A research proposal not to exceed three double-spaced pages. Applicants should include references to specific archival finding aids and catalog records of particular relevance to their proposed project whenever possible.
- A curriculum vitae of no longer than two pages
- Two letters of support from academic or other scholars. References may be sent with the application or separately.
Submit application in one electronic file to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Letters of reference in electronic form are preferred; print letters of reference can be sent to:
Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowships
Special Collections Research Center
The University of Chicago Library
1100 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
For additional information contact:
Daniel Meyer, Director, Special Collections Research Center.
Applications are being accepted for the 2019 Eudora Welty Research Fellowship. Established by the Eudora Welty Foundation and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the $2,000 fellowship will be awarded to a graduate student for research using the department’s Eudora Welty Collection. The fellowship seeks to nurture scholars at the beginning of their academic careers, in order to increase their lifelong interest in, and promote continued academic and public appreciation of, Eudora Welty’s life and works.
The stipend may be used for travel, housing, and other expenses during the Welty fellow’s two-week minimum stay in Jackson Mississippi. To receive more information and an application click here. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.
The Eudora Welty Collection at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History is the premier collection of Eudora Welty materials in the world and one of the most varied literary collections in the United States. The collection includes manuscripts, letters, photographs, drawings, essays, and film and video footage that spans Welty’s entire life. Beginning in 1957, and over the course of more than forty years, Welty donated materials to the department, primarily literary manuscripts and photographs. At her death the remainder of her papers were bequeathed to MDAH and included unpublished manuscripts and 14,000 items of correspondence with family, friends, scholars, young writers, and noted writers. The collection may be accessed at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building, 200 North Street, Jackson.
For colleges and universities interested in sharing the fellowship opportunity, a flier is available here. For more information on the collection or the fellowship, contact Forrest Galey at 601-576-6850, or by email at email@example.com.
The Wolf Humanities Center announces a Graduate Research Assistantship for the 2019–2020 academic year for a University of Pennsylvania dissertation-level (ABD) student in the humanities whose work pertains to Kinship, the Center's research topic for the year.
See link for more details: https://wolfhumanities.upenn.edu/graduate-research-assistantship
The RAship provides full support for the 2019–20 academic year (tuition plus a stipend of approx. $25,500), and carries membership in the Wolf Humanities Center's Mellon Research Seminar on Kinship. Applicants may not be holding other positions and must be in good academic and financial standing with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
The RAship is awarded competitively. Semifinalists are interviewed on campus in March/April as part of the selection process. Application deadline: March 20, 2019.
The half-time position requires 15–20 hours per week of service in a variety of functions:
- Assist the administrative staff of the Wolf Humanities Center and the Price Lab for Digital Humanities in carrying out general business. Requires some evenings and, rarely, weekends to help staff events.
- Staff and participate in the weekly Wolf Humanities Center's Mellon Research Seminar and the bi-weekly Price Lab Mellon DH Seminar.
- Serve as the lead organizer of a one-day conference or symposium related to the theme of Kinship.
- Complete the following information and upload to our secure server as a single PDF:
- Cover letter expressing interest in the RAship.
- Project title, 125-word (max.) abstract.
- Project proposal (500 words) describing the research to be carried out during the course of the year and its relation to the Wolf Humanities Center's 2018-2019 theme, Kinship.
- Curriculum vitae and scan of unofficial Penn course transcript.
- Also required is one confidential letter of recommendation from either your dissertation director or your graduate chair. Please ask your referee to upload that letter to our secure server no later than March 20, 2019. (Letters should not be emailed.)
Call for Applications, 2019–2020
Research Topic: Kinship
Application deadline: March 20, 2019
See link for more details: https://wolfhumanities.upenn.edu/fellowships/penn-graduate-student-resea...
The Wolf Humanities Center is currently offering two one-year research fellowships at $2500 each to Penn graduate students in the humanities who are ABD. Students should be conducting dissertation research related to the Center's theme for the year in which the award is granted. Fellows are required to attend the Wolf Humanities Center's Mellon Research Seminar, held Tuesdays from noon–1:50pm* during the academic year, and present their work at one of the sessions. Seminar members also include postdoctoral fellows, faculty from Penn and regional universities, and the Center's director and topic director.
Two $2500 fellowships are available for Penn ABD graduate students in the humanities whose dissertation research relates to Kinship, the Center's topic for 2019-20.
To apply, please provide the following information:
- Your name and department
- Project Title
- Project Abstract (125 words maximum)
- Project Proposal (approx. 1000 words)
- Up-to-date c.v.
Please submit all information to our secure online server as a single PDF, naming your file <your Last name_First name.pdf> (e.g., Franklin_Ben.pdf)
- One confidential letter of recommendation from your dissertation advisor or graduate chair. Please ask your referee to upload their letter to our secure server no later than the application deadline, March 20, 2019.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
2019-2020 Academic Year
Application Deadline: Fri. March 15, 2019
See link for more details: https://www.sas.upenn.edu/andrea-mitchell-center/fellowships#gradfellows...
The Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy will award 3 graduate fellowships during the 2018-2019 academic year to Penn graduate students with approved prospectuses for dissertation topics in any discipline relevant to the study of democracy, its theory or practice, or related topics of citizenship and constitutional government.
The Mitchell Center Graduate Fellowship will provide for the graduate student’s tuition and annual stipend during the 2019-2020 academic year. Recipients will also be compensated for administrative work done for the Program.
Funds are provided through a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation and the Mary and David Boies Family Fund. The recipients are expected to assist in organizing an interdisciplinary Mitchell Center Graduate Student Workshop in which graduate students from Penn and surrounding institutions may present pertinent research. They will be expected to attend the Mitchell Center Faculty Workshop series and conferences and may also be asked to provide administrative support for these events.
Applicants should send:
1) a CV
2) a description of their dissertation’s aim, current status, and further research plans
(not to exceed five double-spaced pages)
3) a copy of their transcript
4) a letter of endorsement from their Dissertation Supervisor.
Please send applications in Word or PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail hard copies to:
Mitchell Center Administrator
College Hall 208
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Questions concerning the Mitchell Center Graduate Fellowships should be directed to Matthew Roth at email@example.com, phone 215-573-4881.
The Eudora Welty Foundation and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) are delighted to announce the 2016 Eudora Welty Research Fellowship, to encourage and support research use of the Eudora Welty Collection and related materials at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History by graduate students.
This competitive fellowship of $2,000 will be offered for research conducted in summer 2016. The stipend may be used to cover travel, housing, and other expenses during their two-week stay in Jackson, Mississippi.
Please post the promotional flier, available at http://mdah.state.ms.us/2016-welty-fellowship.pdf.
The deadline for applications is February 26, 2016.
Additional information and the application form are available on the MDAH website at http://mdah.state.ms.us/fellowship.pdf.
For more information conntact Forrest Galey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate Fellowships 2016-17
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
2016-2017 Academic Year
Application Deadline: March 15, 2016
The Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism (DCC) will award 3 graduate fellowships during the 2016-2017 academic year to Penn graduate students with approved prospectuses for dissertation topics in any discipline relevant to any or all of the program’s three overarching themes, “Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism.” Dissertations need address only one of the three themes.
The DCC Graduate Fellowship will provide for the graduate student’s tuition and annual stipend during the 2016-2017 academic year, plus $3500 to support dissertation-related research expenses in the summer of either 2016 or 2017. Recipients will also be compensated for administrative work done for the Program.
Funds are provided through a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation and the Mary and David Boies Family Fund. The recipients are expected to assist in organizing an interdisciplinary DCC Graduate Student Workshop in which graduate students from Penn and surrounding institutions may present pertinent research. They will also be asked to provide administrative support for the DCC Faculty Workshop Series and Annual Conference and they will be eligible to participate in these events.
Applicants should send:
1) a CV
2) a description of their dissertation’s aim, current status, and further research plans (not to exceed five double-spaced pages)
3) a copy of their transcript
4) a letter of endorsement from their Dissertation Supervisor.
Please send applications in Word or PDF format to email@example.com, or mail hard copies to:
College Hall 208
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Questions concerning the DCC Graduate Fellowships should be directed to Matthew Roth at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 215-573-4881.