The East Asia National Resource Center, jointly administered by the Center for Chinese Studies, the Center for Japanese Studies and the Nam Center for Korean Studies, will offer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Summer 2011 and Academic Year 2011-12, funded by a grant from the US Department of Education under Title VI of the Higher Education Act. The number of fellows will depend on funding and authorization from the US Department of Education.

Fellowship Types

Two types of fellowships are available: Academic Year FLAS and Summer FLAS.

Academic Year FLAS Fellowships provide full tuition, mandatory fees, and a generous stipend for fall and winter terms for graduate students who are enrolled in a program of modern language study (at intermediate and advanced levels) and East Asian area studies, international studies including East Asia, or international aspects of professional studies. Stipend for 2011-12 is expected to be $15,000. Students enrolled in Rackham programs will also be eligible for benefits for eligible fellowship holders, which include health and dental insurance, vision insurance, and legal plan. Academic Year FLAS Fellowships in East Asian languages are available for graduate and professional students only.

Summer FLAS Fellowships provide full tuition, mandatory fees, and $2,500 stipend toward intensive study of a modern East Asian language at the intermediate and advanced levels for undergraduate and graduate students. Students must enroll in a summer intensive language program that teaches the equivalent of one academic year (two terms) of an East Asian language at the intermediate or advanced level as taught by the University of Michigan. Students may enroll at the University of Michigan Summer Language Institute, another approved program in the United States, or an approved program outside the United States. In order to qualify, the program must be at least six weeks long and have at least 140 contact hours for intermediate level and 120 contact hours for advanced level. Summer FLAS Fellowships are available for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.


  • All applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents at the time of application.
  • Academic Year FLAS applicants must be current students who will be enrolled full time in a graduate/professional degree at the University of Michigan during Academic Year 2011-12, or applicants for admission to University of Michigan graduate/professional program for Fall 2011.
  • Summer FLAS applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate or professional student at the University of Michigan. Students graduating at the end of Winter 2011 term or Summer 2011 term are not eligible.

Eligible Languages

  • Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan
  • For all applicants: advanced level students will be given preference.
  • For graduate/professional students: Chinese and Japanese MUST be 2nd year level or above for both Academic Year and Summer FLAS fellowships.
  • For undergraduate students: All languages MUST be 2nd year or above. Students applying for 2nd year will be given lower priority and must enroll in and complete both terms of the 3rd year level language courses in Academic Year 2011-12.

How to Apply

The East Asia National Resource Center participates in a coordinated online application process for FLAS fellowships in all languages. Please go to the FLAS website, download the FLAS Information Packet and read it carefully for more information on fellowship requirements and application instructions. On this site, you will also find links to Online Application, Academic Recommendation Form, and the Language Instructor Report Form.

Deadline for application: February 1, 2011, 5pm EST

Please note: Students who apply for Academic Year FLAS in Chinese will automatically be considered for all eligible academic year fellowships funded by the Center for Chinese Studies. There is no need to fill out a separate application for CCS Academic Year Fellowships.

Graduate students who apply for Summer FLAS in Chinese will automatically be considered for all eligible summer fellowships funded by the Center for Chinese Studies without a separate application.

If you are applying for CCS Summer Fellowship (for activities other than intensive modern language study):

  1. You may choose to use the same academic letters of recommendation and the language evaluation. Please check the appropriate check box(es) on the Summer Fellowship application and submit them by the Summer Fellowship deadline.
  2. You do not need to request separate transcripts for FLAS; we will use the same transcript(s) you submitted with the Summer Fellowship application.