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.

Types of Fellowships and Information Packets

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

Information about the Summer 2015 and 

Academic Year 2015-16 will be available in late October

FLAS Information Sessions & Drop in Advising

Dates for information sessions will be posted in late October.


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
    • 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, see video from a past Statement of Purpose Writing Workshop or click the images below for presentations.


2015 Application Forms

Application forms will be available in late October. 

FLAS Contacts

General Contact Information: ii.flasinfo@umich.edu

Area Studies Contacts

East Asia National Resource Center (EANRC) [Chinese Studies (CCS); Japanese Studies (CJS); Korean Studies (NCKS)]
E:  eastasiaflas@umich.edu
Contact: Ann Takata

Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (LACS)
E:  cmss.flas@umich.edu
Contact: Nancy Becker

Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies (CMENAS)
E:  cmss.flas@umich.edu
Contact: Nancy Becker

Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES)
E:  crees.fellowships@umich.edu
Contact: Julie Burnett

Center for South Asian Studies (CSAS)
E:  cmss.flas@umich.edu
Contact: Nancy Becker

Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS)
E:  cmss.flas@umich.edu
Contact: Nancy Becker