FLAS Fellowships

The East Asia National Resource Center (EANRC), jointly administered by the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, the Center for Japanese Studies and the Nam Center for Korean Studies, anticipates offering Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students for Summer 2015 and Academic Year 2015-16.

Please Note: The federal grant that funds the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship program (Title VI of the Higher Education Act) is under renewal for awards beginning in Academic Year 2014-15.  Results of the grant competition covering fellowship awards from Academic Year 2014-15 to Summer 2018 are expected to be announced in early October 2014.  Details of the fellowship competition for Summer 2015 and Academic Year 2015-16 awards will be made available once the grant competition results are received.

Deadline for application: January 20

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Fellowship TypesAcademic Year and Summer fellowships

Two types of fellowships are available: Academic Year FLAS and Summer FLAS.

Academic Year FLAS Fellowships provide support for tuition, mandatory fees, and living expenses for fall and winter terms for graduate and undergraduate students who are enrolled in a program of modern language study (at intermediate and advanced levels) and East Asian area studies, international studies including East Asia, or international aspects of professional studies. Currently, for AY2013-14, graduate students receive full tuition and required fees, fellowship benefits, and $15,000 in stipend.  For AY2013-14, undergraduate fellowships are not available.  

Fellowships for AY2014-15 and beyond are contingent on a successful grant application and funding authorization from the US Department of Education.  Both graduate and undergraduate fellowships are expected to be available for AY2014-15. Tuition and stipend amounts for AY2014-15 have not been finalized.  For undergraduate students, it is expected that support for tuition and mandatory fees in AY2014-15 will be $10,000 or full tuition and mandatory fees, whichever is lower.  There is no supplemental university funding for tuition and mandatory fees   for undergraduates.  For graduate students, it is expected that support for tuition and mandatory fees in AY2014-15 will be $18,000 or full tuition and required fees, whichever is lower.  In previous years, the International Institute and the graduate FLAS Fellow's home school/college and/or department/program have  supplemented the tuition portion of  this fellowship to cover full tuition, required fees and fellowship benefits for each graduate FLAS Fellow.  Continuation of this supplemental funding in AY2014-15 is contingent on successful (re)enactment of cost sharing agreements between the International Institute and the graduate fellow's relevant home unit(s).  Stipend for living expenses for AY2014-15 is expected to be $5,000 for undergraduates and $15,000 for graduate students.

Summer FLAS Fellowships provide full tuition, mandatory fees, and $2,500 stipend toward intensive study of a modern East Asian language at the intermediate and advanced levels for undergraduate and graduate students for Summer 2014. Students must enroll in a summer intensive language program that teaches the equivalent of one academic year (two terms) of an East Asian language at the intermediate or advanced level as taught by the University of Michigan. Students may enroll at the University of Michigan Summer Language Institute, another approved program in the United States, or an approved program outside the United States.  In order to qualify, the program must be at least six weeks long and have at least 140 contact hours of language instruction for intermediate level and 120 contact hours for advanced level.  Please note: funding amounts are subject to change in Summer 2015 and beyond.

EligibilityFellowship eligibility criteria

All applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents at the time of application.

Academic Year FLAS applicants must be current undergraduate or graduate students who will be enrolled full time at the University of Michigan during Academic Year 2015-16, or applicants for admission to University of Michigan graduate/professional program for Fall 2015.  Incoming undergraduate students (freshman or transfer) for Summer or Fall 2015 are not eligible.  FLAS Fellowships for AY2014-15 and beyond are contingent on a successful grant application renewal; EANRC intends to hold a competition for AY2014-15 in anticipation of grant renewal.

Summer FLAS applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate or professional student at the University of Michigan. Students graduating at the end of Winter 2015 term or Summer 2015 term are not eligible.

Eligible LanguagesLanguages and levels eligible for funding

EANRC offers FLAS Fellowships in the following four languages:

  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Tibetan

For all applicants: advanced level students will be given preference.

For graduate/professional students: All applicants in Chinese and Japanese MUST be 2nd year level or above for both Academic Year and Summer FLAS fellowships.  Students requesting beginning level fellowships in Korean and Tibetan must demonstrate advanced proficiency in another foreign language.

For undergraduate students: Applicants for the Summer Fellowship in all languages MUST be 2nd year or above. Students applying for 2nd year will be given lower priority and must enroll in and complete both terms of the 3rd year level language courses in Academic Year 2014-15.  Applicants for the Academic Year fellowship MUST be able to enroll in 3rd year or above during the fellowship year.

How to Apply

The East Asia National Resource Center participates in a coordinated online application process for FLAS fellowships in all languages. Please go to the FLAS website (www.ii.umich.edu/flas), download the FLAS Information Packet and read it carefully for more information on fellowship requirements and application instructions. On this site, you will also find links to Online Academic Year Application, Summer FLAS Application Form, Academic Recommendation Form, and the Language Instructor Report Form.

Deadline for application: January 20

FLAS and Other CJS FellowshipsImportant guidelines for students interested in applying for both

As a general rule, a student may not hold a FLAS Fellowship and a CJS Fellowship in the same time period.  FLAS Fellowships generally takes precedence over CJS Fellowships.

Undergraduate students who apply for Summer FLAS in Japanese will automatically be considered for the CJS Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship if they are not awarded a Summer FLAS Fellowship.  You do not need to fill out a separate application.

Graduate students who apply for Academic Year FLAS in Japanese will automatically be considered for all eligible academic year fellowships funded by the Center for Japanese Studies. There is no need to fill out a separate application for CJS Academic Year Fellowships.

Graduate students who apply for Summer FLAS in Japanese will automatically be considered for all eligible summer fellowships funded by the Center for Japanese Studies without a separate application.

Additional instructions for graduate students also applying for CJS Summer Fellowship for activities other than intensive modern language study:

  1. You may choose to use the same academic letters of recommendation and the language evaluation. Please check the appropriate check box(es) on the Summer Fellowship application and submit them by the Summer Fellowship deadline.
  2. You do not need to request separate transcripts for FLAS; we will use the same transcript(s) you submitted with the Summer Fellowship application.