Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide tuition and a stipend to students studying foreign languages in combination with area studies or international aspects of professional studies. The priority is to encourage the study of less commonly taught languages, including Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Tibetan, and Urdu.
FLAS Fellowships are run by the University of Michigan Area Studies Centers and are awarded through annual fellowship competitions. The U.S. Department of Education (US/ED) funds these awards. The amount of funding and the 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.