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FLAS

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.

Advising:

Current (AY2019-20) FLAS Fellows and applicants for the Summer 2020 and AY2020-21 FLAS Fellowships may schedule an advising appointment here.

Application Deadline:

January 15

Applicants are encouraged to visit the U-M FLAS Applicant Resources Page prior to beginning the application process.

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.

Contact:

email: ii.flasinfo@umich.edu
phone: 734.936.3966

Information Sessions:

It is strongly recommended that you attend an Information Session before scheduling an advising appointment. Sessions will take place in 555 Weiser Hall.

Fall 2019 FLAS Info Sessions

  • Friday, October 25, Noon-1pm
  • Tuesday, October 29, Noon-1pm
  • Monday, November 4, 5:30-6:30pm
  • Thursday, November 14, 4-5pm
  • Monday, November 18, 4-5pm
  • Friday, November 22, Noon-1pm
  • Thursday, December 5, 6-7pm
  • Tuesday, December 10, Noon-1pm

Eligibility

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.

2020 Application Materials

Please review the U-M FLAS Applicant Resources Page before starting your application.

The online application for the Summer 2020 and Academic Year 2020-21 FLAS Fellowships will open on November 15, 2019 on the II Fellowships and Grants portal.

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.