Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide tuition and a 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. FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Michigan Area Studies Centers 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 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.

Eligible Languages

Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bosnian, Chinese, Croatian, Filipino, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Nahuatl, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Quechua, Russian, Serbian, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Yiddish*

The languages listed above have been preapproved as eligible.  Restrictions may apply to certain languages.  Other languages may also be eligible.  Please see the appropriate information packet for more details.

Types of Fellowships and Information Packets

There are three different types of FLAS Fellowships: Graduate Academic Year, Undergraduate Academic Year, and Summer. Each has its own information packet. Please download and read the appropriate information packet for more details, application procedure, and materials required for application.

Download the Undergraduate Academic Year Packet

Download the Graduate Academic Year Packet

Download the Summer Packet

Questions? Contact ii.flasinfo@umich.edu

FLAS Information Sessions & Drop in Advising

1636 SSWB, International Institute

Thursday, October 29 @4:00pm

Wednesday, November 11 @12:00pm

Monday, December 7 @4:00pm

Friday, January 8 @4:00pm


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
    • Graduate/Professional students must be currently enrolled in, or applicants to, a graduate/professional degree program at the University of Michigan. 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 non-University of Michigan students, are eligible to apply for Summer FLAS
  • Program of Study: Grantees 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.
  • 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. Undergraduate students must be able to enroll in 2nd year level or above.

Tips for Writing Your Statement of Purpose

For tips on writing your statement of purpose for international fellowship funding from the Sweetland Center for Writing.


2016 Application Materials

Online application for Summer 2016 and AY 2016-17 FLAS Fellowships is expected to open in early December.  A link will be placed here when the application is open.