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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.

Deadline: January 15


Current FLAS fellows and prospective applicants may attend an info session (dates below), sign up for advising appointments, or join in the drop-in sessions.  

Scheduled Information Sessions, Fall 2021
Information Sessions for the 2022 competition cycle (for Summer 2022 and Academic Year 2021-22 Awards) will begin in late October. We strongly recommend all applicants to attend an Info Session before meeting with a FLAS Coordinator for advising. All sessions will be held online.

By Appointment

Interested applicants should visit the U-M FLAS Applicant Resources Page prior to scheduling an appointment. Advising appointments are available through the online advising portal. Appointments are held over phone or video chat. 


Thursdays 11:00am to 12:00pm
Click Here to Join Drop-In Advising

Interested applicants should visit the U-M FLAS Applicant Resources Page prior to attending Drop-In Advising.

Application Components

  • FLAS Application
  • Two Academic Recommendation Letters
  • Language Instructor Recommendation
  • FLAS Statement of Purpose
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Transcripts

All items must be uploaded on the FLAS Application portal.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: The current grant cycle that funds FLAS will finish with Summer 2022. The Academic Year 2022-2023 is a new four year grant cycle, which has not been awarded yet. The International Institute is confident that we will receive the current 6 FLAS Centers' grants again, as we have not missed out on a grant in almost 20 years. And we are also cautiously optimistic that we will be adding the African Studies Center's FLAS award beginning with the Academic Year 2022-2023. We expect to have confirmation on these sometime in Spring 2022.


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.