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.
Summer Undergraduate FLAS Fellowships
CREES welcomes applications from University of Michigan undergraduates pursuing intermediate or advanced study of a modern language of the region. These awards are given only for intensive language classes that teach the equivalent of a University of Michigan academic year language class. Authorization must be obtained from US/ED in order to take a course not offered in approved U.S.-based programs (see below). The Summer FLAS covers tuition up to $5,000 for a summer language program and a $2,500 stipend. Pending availability of funding, awards for international travel up to $1,000 may also be made. FLAS awards cannot be deferred. Center staff may have information about summer language programs, but it is the applicant’s responsibility to identify and choose a program that meets FLAS requirements.
Eligible students in any discipline and department may apply for Summer 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. Students graduating in May are not eligible.
- 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. Additional area languages may be supported for Summer FLAS; please contact CREES with questions about languages not listed here.
Approved U.S.-based Programs in Russian, East European, and Eurasian languages include:
- University of Michigan Summer Language Institute
- Indiana University Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European, and Central Asian Languages
- University of Pittsburgh Slavic and East European Summer Language Institute
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 Academic Services Coordinator that an application is complete. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for awards.
Julie Burnett, Academic Services Coordinator: 734.936.1842 or firstname.lastname@example.org