The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS) offers U.S. Department of Education's Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Summer 2020 and Academic Year 2020-21. Open to graduate and undergraduate students, FLAS provide tuition and stipend to students pursuing area studies and Middle Eastern and North African languages, including Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, and Uzbek.

The U.S. Department of Education (US/ED) funds these awards under the provisions of Title VI of the Higher Education Act. The amount of funding and number of awards are contingent upon annual US/ED program approval, federal regulations, as well as continued congressional funding, all of which may change from year to year.

Information sessions are available and will take place in 555 Weiser Hall. It is strongly recommended that interested students attend an information session before scheduling an advising appointment.

Fall 2019 FLAS Info Sessions

  • Monday, November 4, 5:30-6:30pm
  • Thursday, November 14, 4-5pm
  • Monday, November 18, 4-5pm
  • Friday, November 22, Noon-1pm
  • Thursday, December 5, 6-7pm
  • Tuesday, December 10, Noon-1pm

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Graduate Students

  • Leila Abdelrazaq (Arabic), Master’s Degree Student, Middle Eastern & North African Studies
  • Michelle Al-Ferzly (Arabic), Doctoral Student, Art History
  • Katherine Downs (Arabic), Master’s Degree Student, International and Regional Studies
  • Kelly Hannavi (Turkish), Doctoral Student, Women’s Studies and History
  • Matthew Liberti (Turkish), Doctoral Student, English
  • Hannah Roussel (Hebrew), Doctoral Student, History
  • Leah Squires (Arabic), Dual Master’s Degree Student, Public Policy and Middle Eastern & North African Studies

Undergraduate Students

  • Nikki Farahanchi (Persian), Bachelor’s Degree Student, Business Administration and Middle East Studies
  • Nisreen Khokhar (History and International Studies), Bachelor’s Degree Student, Middle Eastern & North African Studies, and Islamic Studies
  • Muhammad Mojaradi (Arabic), Bachelor’s Degree Student, Economics
  • Huzaifa Piperdi (Arabic), Bachelor’s Degree Student, Cellular Molecular Biology, and Arab & Muslim American Studies

Summer FLAS Recipients

  • Ali Al Momar (Persian), Master’s Degree Student, Middle Eastern & North African Studies
  • Amelia Burke (Arabic), Doctoral Student, Anthropology and History
  • Timothy Jones (Arabic), Doctoral Student, Political Science
  • Noor Sulieman (Arabic), Master’s Degree Student, Biomedical Engineering