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Provides tuition and 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. 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.

Attention Academic Year Applicants

The University of Michigan International Institute is holding a competition for AY2018-19 FLAS Fellowships in anticipation of successful competition for new grant awards from the US Department of Education (US/ED).  Depending on the outcome of the grant competition, world regions for which fellowships are available, eligible languages and levels, and number of fellowships are all subject to change.  US/ED is currently reviewing the fellowship eligibility criteria and selection criteria.  It is highly likely that some application requirements and procedures will change once the new criteria are announced.  Updates will be published and posted on the FLAS website as more information becomes available, and will also be announced by email to the FLAS Updates email group (join on 


Advising for the Academic Year 2019-20 and Summer 2019 will resume in October, 2018.   Updates will be published and posted on the FLAS website as more information becomes available, and will also be announced by email to the FLAS Updates email group (join on

Current FLAS fellows and Academic Year 2018-19 semi-finalists can Schedule a FLAS Advising Appointment here.  

Application Deadline:

The application deadline has passed.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the U-M FLAS Applicant Resources Page prior to beginning the application process.


Eligible Languages:

Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bosnian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, 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 pre-approved as eligible.  Restrictions may apply to certain languages.  Other languages may be approved on a case-by-case basis.  For more details, please see the U-M FLAS Applicant Resources Page; go to the Languages & Levels section under each fellowship type.




phone: 734.763.4528

Information Session:

It is strongly recommended that you attend an Information Session before scheduling an advising appointment. Sessions will take place in 355 Weiser Hall.

Dates for upcoming information sessions will be posted in October 2018.


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, Ann Arbor
    • Graduate/Professional students must be currently enrolled in, or applicants to, a graduate/professional degree program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 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 UM-Dearborn, UM-Flint, and non-University of Michigan students, are eligible to apply for Summer FLAS
  • Program of Study: Academic Year Fellows 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. Summer FLAS Fellows must enroll in a summer intensive language program that teaches the equivalent of one academic year (two terms) of language. Both Academic Year and Summer Fellows must enroll in an eligible language at the intermediate level (2nd year level) or above during the fellowship period. An exception may be made on a case-by-case basis to enroll in a beginning level language for graduate students if they already possess advanced proficiency in another language of the region. No exceptions for undergraduates.
  • 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.

2019 Application Materials

Please review the U-M FLAS Applicant Resources Page before starting your application.

The online application for the Academic Year 2019-2020 and Summer 2019 is anticipated to open in mid-November.

Incoming Graduate Student Applicants: If you have never been affiliated with the University of Michigan and do not have a U-M uniqname, you will need a U-M Friend Account to login to the online application portal. For instructions on how to get a Friend Account, please visit here.