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Middle Eastern Scholarships

FLAS Middle East Language Scholarships, 2010-11

The Portland State University Middle East Studies Center (MESC), in cooperation with the World Languages and Literatures Department, is seeking applications for fellowships for Academic Year 2010-2011 under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program.  Generous scholarships for
undergraduate and graduate students who are studying Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish are available beginning this term. There are 4 undergraduate awards of $10,000 plus $5,000 living allowance, and 2 graduate awards for $18,000 and $15,000 living allowance.

These fellowships are available to undergraduate and graduate students in any department who are pursuing a course of academic study which requires Middle East-related advanced foreign language and area studies training and who plan to use the training and language skills for
graduate study or a career in an international field. We are especially interested in reaching students focused on Middle East language and area studies from a wide range of majors and professional schools. Please help by encouraging well-qualified students to apply.

Application deadline for both summer and academic year fellowships: Friday, February 25, 2011; 5 p.m.

For more information contact Middle East Studies Center FLAS coordinator, Tam Rankin, or (503)725-58

Visit the FLAS Website at:

Name: Patricia and Gary Leiser Scholarship
Sponsor: College of Liberal Arts and Science
Available To: Undergraduate
Number of Awards: 1 or 2
Amount: $500
Renewable: No
Available: Available year-round
Deadline: April 15

Two partial scholarships granted by the Middle East Studies Center for the study of Middle Eastern languages. Current enrollment in Arabic, Persian, or Turkish language is required. Minimum GPA is 3.25. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications available year round.

Middle East Studies Center
322 East Hall
(503) 725-4074

Name: Frank & Margaret Bitar Scholarship for Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies

Sponsor: College of Liberal Arts
Available: To Undergraduates and Graduates
Number of Awards: 2 per year
Amount: $2,000 per scholarship
Renewable: Yes
Available: Year-round
Deadline: January 15

Criteria: This renewable scholarship is open to all full-time PSU students of all majors who formally studied Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies for at least two years; had an outstanding performance in previous Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies; have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher; and a commitment to successfully complete third-year Arabic or higher, obtain a Major or Minor in Arabic Studies, and/or a Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies at PSU. School performance and financial need are a major consideration.

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
(503) 725-5295