African Studies Center
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships
Academic Year 2010-11
Now open to both Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Applications due September 15, 2010, to Applicant’s Department or School

Application Form

The African Studies Center will award, pending federal funding by the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI, FLAS Fellowships for AY 2010-11 to some undergraduate and graduate students planning to pursue African language study at the intermediate or higher level.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, be admitted to or enrolled full time in an undergraduate or graduate program at Penn, and have research or career plans that require the use of an African language. The languages most commonly studied are Amharic, Igbo, Swahili, Tigrinya, Twi, Wolof, Yoruba, and Zulu, but other languages may be approved.

Successful applicants must enroll both semesters of the FLAS Fellowship year in an intermediate or higher African language and in full-time study in either African Studies or professional studies related to Africa. Graduate student FLAS Fellows will receive $18,000 toward tuition and a $15,000 stipend; undergraduate FLAS Fellows will receive $10,000 toward tuition and a $5,000 stipend.

Applications must be received by September 15, 2010, by the department undergraduate or graduate chair (in SAS) or school associate dean (in other schools) in which the applicant is enrolled. Incoming students should indicate to the department or school to which they have applied that they would like to be considered for the FLAS. The department or school nominates applicants, forwarding nominated applications to the African Studies Center for final selections. The application form, which lists the materials required for submission, is attached to the electronic version of this message, and it appears on the reverse side of the printed version. The form also can be obtained by writing, or on our webpage at

The competition will be conducted strictly in accordance with University policies and the selection guidelines of the U.S. Department of Education. Awards are made competitively by the Executive Committee of the African Studies Center (ASC). ASC seeks to support students in as wide a variety of disciplines and professions, and from as wide a variety of backgrounds, as possible.

For an application form and further information, contact:
African Studies Center
647 Williams Hall, 255 S 36th St.,
Philadelphia PA 19104-6305

Telephone: (215) 898-7971;
Fax (215)573-7379;



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