CSME is proud to support the scholarly endeavors of Indiana University students. Please see the below sections for information concerning funding opportunities.
The US Department of Education has designated the Center for the Study of the Middle East (CSME) as a Foreign Language and Area Studies Center. As a FLAS Center CSME offers FLAS fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students for students taking Arabic, Modern Hebrew, Kurdish, Persian and Turkish. FLAS fellowships support the study of modern foreign languages and related area and international studies in preparation for careers in teaching, research, government service, and international organizations.
FLAS Application Tips
Students are eligible to apply for FLAS if she/he is:
A US Citizen or Permanent Resident
Admitted or enrolled in a degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences or a Professional School at Indiana University-Bloomington.
If awarded a FLAS fellowship, the student must undertake an approved program of foreign language and area studies relevant to his/her academic and career goals.
Academic year FLAS fellowships include:
Tuition fee remission:
Graduate Students: 12 credits of course work for each semester a total of 24 credits/year
Undergraduate Students: Up to $10,000
Academic year stipend of $15,000 for graduate students (estimated) and up to $5,000 for undergraduates
Enrollment in graduate student health insurance plan
FLAS Summer Fellowships award
(SWSEEL attendees see SWSEEL section of FAQ):
$7,500, consisting of:
- $5,000 institutional payment
- $2,500 stipend
For more information please contact the CSME office.
Center for the Study of the Middle East
1105 East Atwater Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47401
Phone: (812) 855-4221
Fax: (812) 855-4600
Applying to CSME
What is CSME’s application deadline for the academic year FLAS?
The application deadline for the academic year FLAS Fellowship (both undergraduate and graduate) is February 1.
What is CSME’s application deadline for the summer FLAS?
The application deadline for the summer FLAS Fellowship (both undergraduate and graduate) is February 1.
Applying to Multiple Centers
Can I submit FLAS applications to CSME and to other FLAS centers?
Yes, students can always submit a separate FLAS application to CSME in addition to other FLAS centers, but they are encouraged to keep in mind the focus of the various centers.
Please take the time to redirect the written portion of your application to emphasize how your research agenda, program of study, and/or career goals are relevant to the areas within CSME's scope. Encourage those who are writing letters of recommendation to do so as well.
CSME also reminds applicants that it is their responsibility to get copies of all documents, such as transcripts and letters of recommendation, to CSME from other centers where they may be applying. These documents may be sent electronically or through campus mail.
Can I use FLAS recommendations and transcripts from another FLAS center for my CSME FLAS application?
Yes, but it is your responsibility to get copies of all documents, such as transcripts and letters of recommendation, to CSME from other centers where you may be applying. These documents may be sent electronically or through campus mail.
If I am applying to more than one FLAS center, can my online recommendations submitted through the FLAS system be accessed by the two centers, or do those writing my letters of recommendation need to submit them for each application?
You will need to ask those who are writing letters of recommendation for you to submit separate letters to each FLAS center.
Ideally, when you apply for a FLAS fellowship through CSME, your letters of recommendation will reflect a Middle East focus; a letter submitted in support of your application to another center will almost certainly not do this. If possible, you might discuss this with those who are writing your letters, suggesting that in the letter for CSME they emphasize your work appropriately.
Can you get a FLAS fellowship with any undergraduate or graduate degree?
Yes, FLAS fellowships are open to all majors and degree programs.
Can recent IU graduates apply for FLAS fellowships?
No, only students who are currently enrolled are eligible for FLAS fellowships.
Do I need to be accepted into a degree program before applying for a FLAS fellowship?
No, you do not have to be already accepted into a degree program to apply, but you do need to be accepted into a degree program to receive a FLAS fellowship.
Can I submit an application for a language not listed on the website?
Is it possible to submit FLAS applications for more than one language?
Yes, but FLAS applications are highly competitive, so the case you make for learning any language has to be very strong, and you must clearly articulate the reasons for learning each language.
May I apply for different languages in the Summer and Academic Year?
Yes, if knowledge of more than one language is essential to your program of study. Be sure to demonstrate in your personal statement why you need the second language. Your case for a second language will be stronger if you have already reached an advanced level in one language, or if the second (Summer) language you need is not offered at IU during the academic year.
Is formal language study required prior to applying for a FLAS fellowship?
Graduate students do not need any formal language study prior to applying for a FLAS fellowship, though intermediate and advanced language training is preferred.
Undergraduate students do need prior formal language study and can only apply at the intermediate and advanced levels.
Summer and/or Academic Year FLAS Applications
Can I apply for both an academic year and a summer FLAS? If I do apply for both, do I have to fill out separate applications?
You are encouraged to apply for both academic year and summer FLAS fellowships. Each FLAS fellowship requires a separate application.
How does FLAS work with SWSEEL?
You are encouraged to apply for a FLAS Fellowship in conjunction with your plans to attend SWSEEL. Your Summer FLAS application to support your study during SWSEEL is due February 1st. This date is well before the SWSEEL application deadline! You must also fill out a separate application per SWSEEL's own application process. If you have a different question relating to SWSEEL and the use of FLAS, do not hesitate to contact SWSEEL directly.
Filling Out the Application
Do I need to print and scan a copy of my application or do you access it electronically?
You do not need to print a copy of your application. We are able to access it electronically.
Do I need to submit a separate Personal Statement or is the statement in my online FLAS application enough?
You do not need to send a separate Personal Statement. The essay you complete within the online FLAS application serves as your Personal Statement.
How does one prove or test language proficiency for the FLAS application?
You can estimate your ability on the application itself, then test into the appropriate level course when you arrive on campus.
The online application only allows for the choice of “IU” or “abroad” as locations of study. I am studying at a location in the United States that is not IU. Which do I choose?
You should select “abroad” if that is the only option other than “IU.”
Do Indiana University students need to send official IU transcripts?
No. In the case of Indiana University transcripts only, CSME accepts a printout generated by OneStart.
Are you able to access my academic transcripts online or do I need to submit them?
It is your responsibility to get copies of transcripts to CSME.
Do I need to submit a copy of my GRE scores with my FLAS application?
No, students enter their GRE scores as part of their online FLAS application.
I listed several schools I attended on my application, but I have no formal transcripts for those schools (for whatever reason). How should I handle this?
If you have listed schools attended on your FLAS application but have no transcripts for those schools, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining the reason for the missing transcripts. This email will be placed in your FLAS file, offering an explanation of what appear to be “missing” transcripts to the review committee.
Can I send in more than three letters of recommendation?
Yes. In fact, including a fourth letter is good insurance in case one of your referees does not submit a letter for any reason.
Can materials from my Academic Year application be copied into my Summer file?
Yes, upon request. If you are applying for both Academic Year and Summer awards this year, you may ask the FLAS coordinator to copy your transcripts and letters of recommendation submitted in support of your Academic Year application into the Summer file. We encourage you to request a second set of recommendations if the language you wish to study in the summer is different from the one you are seeking to study during the academic year.
I previously received a FLAS from CSME. Is it possible to have copies of my transcripts transferred from last year’s file into my file for this year?
Yes, you can contact CSME at email@example.com to make that arrangement.
Is it okay if my letters of recommendation, transcripts, or other supporting materials are received after the fellowship deadline?
No, we expect all applications and supporting materials to be received by the deadline (February 1st). It is your responsibility to inform CSME if any supporting materials will be arriving after the deadline.
FLAS Recipient Requirements
The FLAS guidelines state that fellowship recipients “must undertake full-time study during the tenure of the award.” Does that mean full-time language and content area studies?
Specifically, FLAS recipients are absolutely required to be full-time students. During each semester of FLAS enrollment, the student is required to include at least one 3-credit language course and one 3-credit area studies course. In the case of CSME, these courses will likely be in Near Eastern Languages & Cultures (NELC) or Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS).
Beyond classwork, is anything required of FLAS Fellows?
Yes. All fellows fill out pre- and post-award reports for the US Department of Education. In addition, recipients are surveyed periodically in the years following their award. All fellows must take pre- and post-award proficiency assessments. It is also requested the fellows participate in at least one CSME outreach event per award semester, as requested by CSME staff with ample preparation. This volunteer effort will likely consist of less than 2 hours.
Notifications and Awards
How will I know if my application has been received?
The CSME Program Assistant will send a confirmation e-mail upon receipt of your FLAS application. You may e-mail CSME at firstname.lastname@example.org should you wish to check on the status of a specific part of your application. The processing of fellowship applications is very time consuming. We will respond to your request as soon as possible.
Will you contact me if I do/don’t get a FLAS award? When will I be contacted?
Yes. Everyone, regardless of whether or not they are chosen to receive a FLAS fellowship, will be contacted after the awards have been finalized.
Is there a limit on the number of FLAS fellowships I can receive?
There is no limit on the number of sequential FLAS awards one person may receive, but no more than one concurrent award can be accepted.
The Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS)
The Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS), based at Georgetown University is pleased to announce its 2014-2015 grants program.
For full details regarding grant categories, application procedures, grant amounts, please follow the below links:
General Instructions: http://turkishstudies.org/grants/index.shtml
Applications and Grant Categories:
Please note the deadline to receive all applications is by March 7, 2014.
The applications for the 2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at www.borenawards.org. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in in world regions critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year. Applications are now available.
Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, French, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.
Undergraduate students: Can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad.
Graduate students: Can receive up to $30,000 for language study and international research.
Both: In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.
National Application Deadlines
Boren Fellowship: January 28, 2014
Boren Scholarship: February 5, 2014*
*Many institutions have an earlier on-campus deadline. Visit our website for information about your campus deadline and Boren campus representative.
For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit www.borenawards.org. You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at email@example.com or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.
The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Institute of International Education (IIE)
1400 K Street NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Phone 1-800-618-NSEP (6737)
Graduate and undergraduate students, studying at American colleges and universities or Americans studying at foreign universities, who aspire to become foreign correspondents, are invited to apply for one of fourteen scholarships/internships to be awarded by the Overseas Press Club Foundation.
From among the scholarship winners, the Foundation selects up to nine scholars and pays travel and living expenses for them to intern at foreign bureaus at such leading news organization as the Associated Press, Reuters, GlobalPost and Forbes. Students win either a $2,000 grant or funding for their overseas experience. In many cases, winning a prestigious OPC Foundation award has helped launch careers. Winners are also invited to join the Overseas Press Club family. They are encouraged to network and keep the organization informed of their career moves.
The judges require that applicants submit a Cover Letter, Resume and Essay. The applicant’s name and school should appear at the top of each page. The Essay of approximately 500 words should concentrate on an area of the world or an international issue that is in keeping with the applicant’s interest. It can be in the form of a news story, analysis, or essay. Recent winners have written on such diverse topics as playing black jack on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, political activism in Morocco, and social upheaval in China. Applicants are also encouraged to submit essays showing a strong understanding of, or interest in, global economic issues such as trade, finance, emerging markets, immigration or environmental impacts. While the writing sample need not be new work, it should be submitted in a form that meets the application requirements.
The Cover Letter should be autobiographical in nature addressing such questions as how the applicant developed an interest in this particular part of the world, or how he or she would use the scholarship to further journalistic ambitions. The judges respond well to applications showing strong reporting skills, color, and understanding or passion.
Winners will be contacted in December so that arrangements can be made for them to attend the Foundation Scholarship Luncheon in February 2014 in New York City at the Foundation's expense. Recipients are expected to attend. The results will be posted on the Web site in mid-December.
Applicants do not have to be US citizens. Applications may be sent by mail, fax or email. Please choose one. Email is preferred (Word or PDF).
Mail: William J. Holstein, President, Overseas Press Club Foundation, 40 West 45 Street, New York NY 10036