Undergraduate Academic Year FLAS Fellowships

A Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship provides tuition support and a stipend to students studying designated foreign languages in combination with area studies or international aspects of professional studies. The program’s priority is to encourage the study of less commonly taught languages. FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Michigan Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES) and are awarded competitively through annual fellowship competitions. 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 granted is contingent upon annual US/ED program approval, federal regulations, as well as continued congressional funding, all of which may change from year to year.

Academic Year Undergraduate FLAS Fellowships
Pending the availability of federal funding, CREES welcomes applications from University of Michigan undergraduates pursuing formal study of a modern language of the region, at the intermediate or advanced level, along with a program of related area or international studies. Recipients of an academic-year FLAS fellowship will receive up to $10,000 for tuition and fees and a $5,000 stipend during the academic year fall and winter terms. FLAS awards cannot be deferred.

Eligible students in any discipline and department may apply for Academic Year FLAS fellowships. Priority will be given to students who have completed at least one year of formal language training at the University of Michigan with a demonstrated strong commitment to Russian, East European, and/or Eurasian (REE) studies; or those who are combining training in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields with REE studies. Preference will also be given to students who show a commitment to pursuing government service and to those students willing to commit to advanced language study beyond the fellowship period.


  • FLAS Fellows must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • FLAS Fellows must be enrolled as full-time students at the University of Michigan during the Fall and Winter semesters.
  • FLAS Fellows must enroll in a language course and at least one REE area course for a letter grade (i.e., not pass/fail) in both the Fall and Winter semesters.
  • FLAS Fellowships will only be awarded for second-year or higher language courses.
    FLAS-eligible languages at CREES currently include Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Uzbek, and Yiddish.

Application Information
Complete the FLAS Application and arrange for all of the supporting materials to arrive at CREES by 5:00 pm on February 1. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all FLAS application materials have arrived at CREES. This means that prior to the February 1 deadline applicants must confirm via email with the CREES Student Services Associate that an application is complete. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for awards.

Undergraduate FLAS Information & Application
Undergraduate FLAS FAQs
Recent Awardees

Julie Burnett, Academic Services Coordinator: 734.936.1842 or crees.fellowships@umich.edu