SIA students awarded fellowships for foreign language study

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State’s Center for Global Studies has awarded three School of International Affairs students with Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. The fellowships are designed to assist graduate and undergraduate students in achieving competency in selected foreign languages and conducting research in related international and area studies.

FLAS Fellowships are authorized under Title VI of the Higher Education Act and are administered by the U.S. Department of Education. The Center for Global Studies awards only five graduate FLAS fellowships each year.

The SIA students have received monetary awards for tuition, fees, and stipend to be used for intensive foreign language study in the U.S. or abroad.

Jennifer Gibbs received an award to study Arabic during summer 2016; Nathan Lawrence received an award to study Arabic during the 2016-2017 academic year; and Tiffany Louk received an award to study Mandarin Chinese during the 2016-2017 academic year.

These awards are intended to encourage Penn State graduate students to engage in cross-disciplinary outreach and research that will allow for sustained and engaged dialogues on issues of vital importance to understanding key global issues facing all regions across the world.