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The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship provides 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. 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.

The application for Academic Year 2021-22 and for Summer 2021 is now available.
Deadline: Jaunary 15

Information Sessions

Want to learn more about FLAS Fellowships? Fall term information sessions will be held on the following days:

  • Thursday, Januaury 7, 4:30pm
    This final FLAS Info Session will touch on frequently asked questions, submission issues, recommendation letter submissions, general advice, and problem solving for the application procedure. This is not a general info session and will be directed to those finalizing the FLAS application due on January 15th.
    Zoom Link Passcode: 784611


By Appointment

Advising appointments are available through the online advising portal. Appointments are held over phone or video chat. 


The FLAS application deadline is January 15th. These walk-in sessions will be a chance to ask any final questions about the application, hiccups in the system, recommendations, submission. There will be a "waiting room" for the Zoom call and applicants will be let in based on the order they arrive. Conversations will be limited to 10 minutes to allow everyone a chance to participate.
Monday - Wednesday - Friday: 3:00pm-4:00pm Zoom Link
Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00am-12:00pm Zoom Link

Applicants are encouraged to visit the U-M FLAS Applicant Resources Page for additional resources.

Eligible Languages

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

The languages listed above have been pre-approved as eligible.  Restrictions may apply to certain languages.  Other languages may be approved on a case-by-case basis.  For more details, please see the U-M FLAS Applicant Resources Page; go to the Languages & Levels section under each fellowship type.


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, Ann Arbor
    • Graduate/Professional students must be currently enrolled in, or applicants to, a graduate/professional degree program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 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 UM-Dearborn, UM-Flint, and non-University of Michigan students, are eligible to apply for Summer FLAS
  • Program of Study: Academic Year Fellows 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. Summer FLAS Fellows must enroll in a summer intensive language program that teaches the equivalent of one academic year (two terms) of language. Both Academic Year and Summer Fellows must enroll in an eligible language at the intermediate level (2nd year level) or above during the fellowship period. An exception may be made on a case-by-case basis to enroll in a beginning level language for graduate students if they already possess advanced proficiency in another language of the region. No exceptions for undergraduates.
  • 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.

2021 Application Materials

Please review the U-M FLAS Applicant Resources Page for reference.  

The online application for the Summer 2021 and Academic Year 2021-22 FLAS Fellowships is available here.

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 a U-M Friend Account to login to the online application portal. For instructions on how to get a Friend Account, please visit here.