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Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship

Goes By: FLAS

Be sure to consult the Fellowship Website for complete eligibility and competition requirements.

About this Fellowship

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships support the study of modern foreign languages. Summer FLAS fellowships support students enrolling in summer language programs at participating institutions.

FLAS programs are funded by the Department of Education and run through specific institutions. The languages offered and eligibility criteria vary by institution, and prospective participants must apply directly through them.

Awards are typically limited to students enrolled at institutions with FLAS programs, but some programs who host summer language programs award FLAS fellowships to applicants from other institutions. A link to a list of institutions with current FLAS programs is available from the Department of Education's FLAS website.

Deadlines vary by program but are typically in early in the Spring semester.

Award Value

Summer FLAS awards provide a stipend of $3500 and $5000 for tuition and fees.

Eligibility Requirements

Requirements Details
Year(s) of Application Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Masters, Doctoral, Professional Degree: Health Sciences, Professional Degree: Business, Professional Degree: Law


US Citizen, Permanent Resident
Campus Nomination Required No

Last updated: February 12, 2024

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