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Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide tuition and a stipend to students studying designated foreign languages in combination with area studies or international aspects of professional studies. The priority is to encourage the study of less commonly taught modern languages. FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Michigan Area Studies Centers and are awarded competitively through annual fellowship competitions. 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.

Deadline: January 25, 2016

Eligible Languages

Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bosnian, Chinese, Croatian, Filipino, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Nahuatl, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Quechua, Russian, Serbian, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Yiddish*

The languages listed above have been preapproved as eligible.  Restrictions may apply to certain languages.  Other languages may also be eligible.  Please see the appropriate information packet for more details.

Types of Fellowships and Information Packets

There are three different types of FLAS Fellowships: Graduate Academic Year, Undergraduate Academic Year, and Summer. Each has its own information packet. Please download and read the appropriate information packet for more details, application procedure, and materials required for application.

Download the Undergraduate Academic Year Packet

Download the Graduate Academic Year Packet

Download the Summer Packet

Questions? Contact or 734.763.4528

FLAS Information Sessions & Drop in Advising

FLAS Info Sessions (1636 SSWB, International Institute):

Friday, January 8, 2016 @4:00pm

Thursday, January 14, 2016 @5:30pm


Drop-In Advising (2620 SSWB):

January 11-15 and January 21-22




Each FLAS grantee must be meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Student Status:
    • Undergraduate students must be currently enrolled in a degree program at the University of Michigan
    • Graduate/Professional students must be currently enrolled in, or applicants to, a graduate/professional degree program at the University of Michigan. Applicants to JD and MBA programs are not eligible to apply due to the requirements of the first-year curriculum.
    • Summer Language Institute applicants, including non-University of Michigan students, are eligible to apply for Summer FLAS
  • Program of Study: Grantees must be enrolled in a program of study that combines modern foreign language training with international or area studies or with the international aspects of professional training.
  • Language Fluency: Native speakers are not eligible.  A student who already possesses language fluency equivalent to an educated native speaker in the language for which the award is sought will be assigned the lowest priority in the selection of fellows. Undergraduate students must be able to enroll in 2nd year level or above.

Frequently Asked Questions

Tips for Writing Your Statement of Purpose

For tips on writing your statement of purpose for international fellowship funding from the Sweetland Center for Writing.

2016 Application Materials

Please download the relevant Information Packets before starting your application.

The FLAS Online Application is now available on the II Fellowships & Grants online application system.  Login with your U-M uniqname and Kerberos password.

Incoming Graduate Student Applicants: If you have never been affiliated with the University of Michigan and do not have a U-M uniqname, you will need to get a Sponsored Account to login to the online application portal.  Use the Sponsored Account Request Form to request login credentials.  This request may take up to 24 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) to process.  Once the process is complete, you will receive an email with your account name and password.