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Area Studies Centers awarded $6.67 million in federal funding

The Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for Slavic and East European Studies and the East Asian Studies Center have been awarded more than $6.67 million in U.S. Department of Education funding for the next four years. The awards will support the centers’ missions of training undergraduate, graduate and professional students and promoting area studies knowledge in the community and throughout the nation.

The centers — all affiliated with the College of Arts and Sciences and Office of International Affairs — each received both Title VI Comprehensive National Resource Center and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship grants, which will be used to sponsor a wide range of academic activities and outreach initiatives.

“We are thrilled to be able to secure Title VI funding again to promote East Asian studies on campus and beyond,” said Etsuyo Yuasa, associate professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and director of the East Asian Studies Center.

With this funding, we can support close to 100 student fellowships, about 200 lectures and conferences, numerous courses, and other activities over the next four years.”

Title VI National Resource Center grants are awarded to Area Studies Centers around the U.S. to support foreign language; area; and international studies infrastructure in an effort to ensure a steady supply of graduates with expertise in less commonly taught languages, world areas and transnational trends. FLAS fellowship funding, coupled with matching funds in the form of tuition awards from the Graduate School, allows the centers to provide academic year- and summer-long fellowships to students undergoing training in less commonly taught languages and related area or international studies.

“It's such a privilege to be able to provide enhanced opportunities for students at all levels, as well as for Ohio State faculty, K-12 teachers, and our other partners here and around the country,” said Terrell Morgan, professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and director of the Center for Latin American Studies. “We're particularly excited about expanding instruction in less commonly taught languages, such as Portuguese and Quechua, as we focus students’ attention on Latin America, a region that is enormously relevant to their future.”

Annual National Resource Center and FLAS fellowship grants are as follows:

  • Center for Latin American Studies
    National Resource Center funding: $218,017
    FLAS funding: $303,000

  • Center for Slavic and East European Studies
    National Resource Center funding: $250,000
    FLAS funding: $349,500 

  • East Asian Studies Center
    National Resource Center funding: $233,300
    FLAS funding: $313,500