South Asia National Resource Center
Academic Year Scholarships
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships support graduate students who will study Bengali, Hindi, Persian, Punjabi, Tamil, or Urdu as an integral part of an academic program focusing on South Asia. Applicants from Columbia graduate degree programs at GSAS, SIPA, and Teacher's College are eligible to apply for Academic Year fellowships. Applicants from all Columbia graduate degree programs may apply for Summer fellowships. Applicants must plan to enroll full-time in a graduate degree program at one of the above Columbia schools and must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status.
US Department of Education competitive priorities for the 2010-11 FLAS competition include 1) applicants who will achieve an Advanced level proficiency by the time of graduation; 2) master's level applicants who plan to pursue careers in public service or professional fields; 3) applicants studying a Less Commonly Taught Language, defined by the Dept. of Education (Bengali, Hindi, Persian, Punjabi, Tamil, and Urdu). Applicants may apply to study other modern South Asia languages in order to support research on South Asia.
The 2010-2011 Academic Year FLAS fellowship will consist of full-time tuition and a stipend of $15,000. Summer 2010 FLAS fellowships cover the cost of full tuition plus a stipend of $2,500. Summer language awards must be used to attend programs that meet language proficiency standards set by the U.S. Department of Education.