This post was originally published here on December 6, 2011. It’s once again application season, so I’m re-posting this year. I quickly scanned the information to ensure that it isn’t egregiously inaccurate, but I am by no means an authority, so please confirm the information independently. -Em
A Public Service Announcement: It’s getting to be the time of year for school and scholarship applications, so I thought I would spread the word about the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, which I received in graduate school and allowed me to learn Georgian. The Department of Education’s website on the program with full information is here. In short, graduate students (and at some programs, undergraduates) can receive a tuition and fees waiver from their university, as well as a living stipend to study a Less Commonly Taught foreign language and the corresponding area studies. In the current cycle, Columbia, Duke, UNC, Georgetown, Harvard, Indiana University, Ohio State, Stanford, UC-Berkeley, University of Chicago, University of Illinois, University of Kansas, Michigan, Pittsburgh, University of Washington, and Wisconsin-Madison have received funding for the Russia/Eastern Europe/ Eurasia area program. Of these schools, a quick search reveals that Ohio State, Indiana, and University of Chicago are accepting applications for the FLAS in Georgian language and area studies (keep in mind that my Googling is by no means the end-all-be-all of information on this topic). Deadlines and application process for the fellowship and corresponding programs vary slightly by school, so be sure to take a look at each program’s information individually. Please, also, comment here if I’ve missed any schools offering a FLAS in Georgian, or if you know of any other Georgian-language programs that are supported by a different means.