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Student Funding

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) is supported by U.S. Department of Education Title VI funding, which provides for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for undergraduates and graduate students to study Southeast Asian languages and area studies. Academic-year fellowships cover tuition and fees and a monthly stipend. Summer fellowships provide funding for intensive language study at approved institutions in Southeast Asia or in the US. Information on 2016-17 and summer 2017 fellowships will be updated later during fall semester. CSEAS also administers the Clark and Arlene Neher Graduate Fellowship for the Study of Southeast Asia (see below). 

Summer FLAS fellowships 

Deadline to apply: Jan. 1, 2015

Summer FLAS fellowships provide for the study of Southeast Asian languages at any educational institution, including those in Southeast Asia, during the summer semester. This includes the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Top priority will be given to students planning to study a language in Southeast AsiaQualified undergraduate or graduate student from any accredited U.S. higher education institution is encouraged to apply for the Summer FLAS award.

NEW FOR 2015: If you are also applying for a 2015-16 academic year FLAS award, you will only need to submit this form. Indicate on the form that you would like to be considered for both summer and academic-year FLAS awards. You will not have to submit another form or collect additional letters of recommendation for consideration in the academic-year round. For more information, contact Assistant Director Eric Jones at iloveroti@gmail.com

Summer Fellowship details - Undergraduate and Graduates   

NOTE: Be sure to either print out the PDF form after filling out or save it to your desktop, then either send in the hard copy OR attach the saved PDF to an email to submit electronically.

2015 list of approved overseas summer language programs eligible for FLAS fellowship funding (pdf)

Please note: Students may also apply to other summer language consortium programs, i.e., ASK (Advanced Study of Khmer in Phnom Penh, Cambodia), AST (Advanced Thai Abroad at Chiang Mai University, Thailand), and COTI (Consortium for the Study of Indonesian in Central Java, Indonesia), and may use FLAS funding for these programs as long as they meet the minimum contact hours and weeks in duration. 

Language Reference Form (pdf)

 


Academic-year FLAS fellowships

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2015

Each year CSEAS selects a number of qualified undergraduate and graduate students for academic-year FLAS fellowships. Any qualified undergraduate or graduate student is encouraged to apply. Academic-year FLAS fellowships provide for the study of the following Southeast Asian languages at NIU during fall and spring semesters:

  • Burmese
  • Indonesian
  • Khmer (Cambodia)
  • Tagalog (Philippines)
  • Thai

If interested in studying Vietnamese, contact CSEAS directly, cseas@niu.edu or 815-753-1771.

FLAS Academic Year Application: Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Language Reference Form (pdf)

NOTE: Be sure to either print out the PDF form after filling out or save it to your desktop, then either send in the hard copy OR attach the saved PDF to an email to submit electronically.


Clark and Arlene Neher Graduate Fellowship
for the Study of Southeast Asia

Deadline: February 1, 2015

Through an endowment established by Clark and Arlene Neher, this fellowship will pay $5,000 toward educational expenses in addition to a tuition waiver from the graduate school. This award competition is open to any person regardless of their national origin. This award shall also be granted without regard to citizenship, race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, or sexual orientation.

Applicants must be in good standing at NIU, at an advanced stage in their program, either master's and/or doctoral, and be planning field and/or archival research in Southeast Asian studies. The fellowship may be used to support research related expenses with funds obtained through the mechanism of refund on Bursar accounts with zero balance.

This awaard is routed through the Office of Student Financial Aid and applied directly to the student's Bursar account.

Application for Clark and Arlene Neher Graduate Fellowship