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CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

UI accepting applicants for Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa International Programs is accepting applications for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships from U.S. graduate students pursuing international careers.

Students in professional or interdisciplinary programs at all UI colleges can apply for either an academic year 1998-99 or summer 1998 and summer 1999 fellowships. The application deadline is Feb. 2, 1998.

The FLAS selection committee, composed of UI faculty and staff members, expects to award four to five academic year and two to three summer fellowships. The awards, which offer full tuition and a $10,000 stipend for the academic year and a $2,400 stipend for the summer, will be announced March 31,1998.

Last year's fellowship recipients studied Kiswahili, Kishambaa, Hindi, Swahili and Russian at the UI and abroad. Fellowships also allow students to study foreign languages at any university in the United States.

Applicants can be at any level in the less-commonly taught languages, but are required to be at the intermediate or advanced level in French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese or Portuguese. Preference will be given to those who do not possess language fluency at the level of native speakers. Applicants should outline how language study will be used to enhance their international careers.

1997-98 FLAS Fellowships recipients are graduate students in a wide variety of professional and interdisciplinary fields such as history, geography, art history, clinical pharmacy, medical anthropology, law, journalism and civil engineering.

FLAS Fellowships are awarded annually and are funded by a Title VI grant to the UI from the U.S. Department of Education.

Application packets are available in 226 International Center or at the Dean's offices of each UI College. For more information, contact International Center Director Karen Chappell, International Programs, at (319) 335-0368.

11/25/97