Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship

The US Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship program supports graduate training in modern foreign languages and related area studies during the summer and academic year.

Academic-year graduate awards provide a $20,000 stipend, and up to $18,000 for fees/tuition (however, some Centers expect the student’s home department to cover fees and tuition).  Summer awards provide up to $2,500 as a stipend and up to $5,000 for fees/tuition and, in some program areas, up to $1,000 for travel expenses.  Awards are contingent on UCLA receiving continued funding for the FLAS fellowships from the US Department of Education.

Summer awards are for intensive language study only and can be used for summer study in the US or abroad (at the intermediate or advanced level only).

The academic-year fellowship requires that students take one language and one related area studies course for a letter grade each term.

The FLAS fellowship is intended for language study at the intermediate and advanced level.  Applications to fund beginning-level language study will only be considered in extraordinary cases.  If you plan to apply for a FLAS to fund beginning-level language study, please consult the relevant Center during the application process.

Currently approved languages include, for East Asia: Chinese, Japanese, and Korean; for Latin America: Nahuatl, Portuguese, Quechua and Advanced Spanish (additional languages, such as Haitian Creole and Maya, may be eligible for summer study with prior approval from the US Department of Education); for Middle East: Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish; and for Southeast Asia: Indonesian, Filipino/Tagalog, Khmer, Thai, and Vietnamese (additional languages may be eligible with prior approval from the US Department of Education).

Fellowship recipients must be engaged in full-time study for the duration of their awards and must submit reports on the courses they pursue and the progress they make.  Awards may be used for dissertation research, but this must be approved in advance.  Recipients are required by the US Department of Education to complete an online performance report at the beginning and end of the award period; to comply with a language-proficiency evaluation, which must be submitted by the student’s instructor at the beginning and end of the award period; and to provide biannual reports on employment and use of the target language for a minimum of eight years after graduation.

To apply for a FLAS fellowship, students must be US citizens or permanent residents. New and continuing students in all disciplines may apply for academic-year awards.  Only continuing students may apply for summer awards.

All FLAS applications must be completed online by the deadline. Links to the application can be found on each of the websites of the Centers below as well as on the website of the UCLA International Institute. Applicants are advised to check the websites of the individual Centers for guidelines regarding the FLAS application and requirements for their world area.

Required information includes a statement of purpose outlining one’s research and language-study plans, two letters of recommendation, transcripts, CV and language-proficiency certification or evaluation. Financial need may be considered in determining the final awards. Students may demonstrate financial need by including a copy of the latest FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and their most recent financial aid award letter.