Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide tuition and 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.
FLAS plus other CJS fellowships
As a general rule, a student may not hold a FLAS Fellowship and a CJS Fellowship in the same time period. FLAS Fellowships generally takes precedence over CJS Fellowships.
Graduate students who apply for Academic Year FLAS in Japanese will automatically be considered for all eligible academic year fellowships funded by the Center for Japanese Studies. There is no need to fill out a separate application for CJS Academic Year Fellowships.
Graduate students who apply for Summer FLAS in Japanese will automatically be considered for all eligible summer fellowships funded by the Center for Japanese Studies without a separate application.
Additional instructions for graduate students also applying for CJS Summer Fellowship for activities other than intensive modern language study:
- 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.
- You do not need to request separate transcripts for FLAS; we will use the same transcript(s) you submitted with the Summer Fellowship application.