Title VI Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

Title VI Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are awarded to universities in order to promote the training of students who intend to make their careers in college or university teaching, government service, or other employment where knowledge of foreign languages and cultures is a prerequisite for success.

Each fellowship covers the academic year, and summer FLAS fellowships are also available. Both graduate and undergraduate students may apply. For undergraduate students, the FLAS academic-year fellowship provides a stipend of up to $5,000 per academic year, as well as a tuition award of up to $10,000; the exact figures may vary depending on other sources of financial aid that the awardee is receiving. The summer fellowship provides a stipend of up to $2,500 and a tuition award of up to $5,000.

Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for FLAS fellowships. Holders of FLAS fellowships must undertake full-time study during the period of the award and be enrolled in formal instruction in the language of the award.

REEI will accept applications from graduate students for study of the following languages in academic year 2018/2019: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Estonian, (Modern) Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian (beyond second year), Ukrainian and Yiddish. Undergraduate students who matriculated by the fall semester preceding the FLAS award period may apply to REEI for a FLAS Fellowship to support study of any of the same languages beyond the second year of study only.

If you wish to apply for a language or level of language not included in the regular IU schedule of classes, or if you wish to apply for FLAS support for dissertation research abroad, please discuss your application with Mark Trotter, Associate Director, prior to submission. The availability of FLAS Fellowships is dependent upon final authorization of funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

How to apply for a FLAS Fellowship

FLAS applications are available online. The deadline for receipt of all FLAS application materials is February 1.

Applications should include:

  • One FLAS application.
  • One complete set of official transcripts of college and university credits.
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which should address the applicant’s abilities in foreign language training.
  • Statement on language training and proposed program of study.

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