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Title VIII Fellowships

Title VIII Fellowships for Study in the Summer Language Workshop:

The Summer Language Workshop is now accepting applications for a second round of awards. All materials must be received by April 8, 2016, for consideration.

Competitively awarded Title VIII Fellowships are available through the Summer Language Workshop to U.S. graduate students, area specialists, and scholars to pursue their language and culture studies in Workshop languages including Azerbaijani, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mongolian, Russian, and Ukrainian in summer 2016.

Applicants in Russian must have completed at least two years of formal study of the language and must place at least into Level 5 on the Russian placement exam or have completed SLAV-R 202 in the Spring 2016 semester at Indiana University; those in the languages of Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus need no prior study to be eligible.

To be eligible, applicants:

  • Must be U.S. citizens.
  • Graduate students must demonstrate they are in good academic standing. Undergraduate students are not eligible for Title VIII funding.
  • All applicants must demonstrate commitment to continued study of or work related to the region of the language studied.

The application deadline for the Title VIII fellowships is February 1, with decisions made in early March. Fellowship assistance is available only to students in the 8-week session of the 2016 Summer Language Workshop.

If you wish to apply for a Title VIII fellowship, you must check the appropriate box on the online Summer Language Workshop application and complete the additional Title VIII portion of the application.

To apply, applicants must submit:

  1. Statement of purpose as indicated in the application, which outlines the applicant’s scholarly or professional need for advanced language study abroad in summer 2016.
  2. To be considered for the Title VIII fellowship, you are required to submit two letters of recommendation by faculty in your major field of study who have known you personally and can comment on how this award will further your work or studies. Please note that the Workshop cannot accept forwarded recommendations; letters in support of the Title VIII applications must be sent directly by the recommender to the Summer Language Workshop:

    swseel@indiana.edu

    or

    IU Summer Language Workshop
    The Global and International Studies Building
    355 North Jordan Avenue, Room 2056
    Bloomington, IN 47405-1105

  3. Official graduate and undergraduate transcripts. Current IU graduate students can request that the Workshop office obtain their transcripts directly. Note that our office can accept the following:
    • Official Paper Transcript Delivered by Mail. Please have the official paper transcript(s) sent to the
      IU Summer Language Workshop
      The Global and International Studies Building
      355 North Jordan Avenue, Room 2056
      Bloomington, IN 47405-1105
    • Official Electronic Transcript Delivered by E-mail if the transcript is sent from the institution directly to the Summer Language Workshop (swseel@indiana.edu). When requesting a PDF transcript you must enter swseel@indiana.edu as the Recipient E-mail. Please note that we cannot accept PDF transcripts that are forwarded to us: all official transcripts must be sent from your home institution’s Office of the Registrar directly to the Summer Language Workshop (swseel@indiana.edu).
    • Current IU graduate students can request that the Workshop office obtain their transcripts directly from the IU Office of the Registrar at no cost to the applicant.

Portable Title VIII Fellowships for Study Abroad:

Graduate students, area studies specialists, and scholars are eligible to apply for funding to study Azerbaijani, BCS, Czech, Estonian, Georgian, Hungarian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mongolian, Polish, Russian, Tajik, Tatar, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Uyghur, and Uzbek at levels higher than those offered in the Summer Language Workshop’s 2016 domestic program.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

To apply, applicants must submit:

  1. Statement of purpose, which outlines the applicant’s scholarly or professional need for advanced language study abroad in summer 2016. Statements should also indicate ;
  2. A description of the overseas program for which funding is requested. Applicants are strongly encouraged to include contact information and URLs for the overseas program;
  3. A budget for expenses up to $6000. All travel should be planned on U.S. carriers per the Fly America act (http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/103191);
  4. Three letters of reference, including one letter from a language instructor who can attest to the proficiency level of the applicant; Please note that the Workshop cannot accept forwarded recommendations; letters in support of the Title VIII applications must be sent directly by the recommender to the Summer Language Workshop by the recommender:

    swseel@indiana.edu

    or

    IU Summer Language Workshop
    The Global and International Studies Building
    355 North Jordan Avenue, Room 2056
    Bloomington, IN 47405-1105

  5. Official graduate and undergraduate transcripts. Current IU graduate students can request that the Workshop office obtain their transcripts directly. Note that our office can accept the following:
    • Official Paper Transcript Delivered by Mail. Please have the official paper transcript(s) sent to the
      IU Summer Language Workshop
      The Global and International Studies Building
      355 North Jordan Avenue, Room 2056
      Bloomington, IN 47405-1105
    • Official Electronic Transcript Delivered by E-mail if the transcript is sent from the institution directly to the Summer Language Workshop (swseel@indiana.edu). When requesting a PDF transcript you must enter swseel@indiana.edu as the Recipient E-mail. Please note that we cannot accept PDF transcripts that are forwarded to us: all official transcripts must be sent from your home institution’s Office of the Registrar directly to the Summer Language Workshop (swseel@indiana.edu).
    • Current IU graduate students can request that the Workshop office obtain their transcripts directly from the IU Office of the Registrar at no cost to the applicant.
  6. Applications must be submitted to swseel@indiana.edu with the subject line “Title VIII Portable Application” by February 15, 2016. Applications submitted after this date will not receive priority consideration.

Funding for all Title VIII fellowships is provided through the Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Office of Outreach Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent States of the Former Soviet Union).