Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

FLAS fellowships assist students in pursuing advanced training to acquire a high level of competence in one or more languages that are critical to national needs of the United States and to gain a fuller understanding of the areas, regions, or countries in which those languages are commonly used.

The United Sates today faces unprecedented demand for globally competent citizens and professionals. Congress recognized this in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act that included funding for Title VI Programs.

Two of Cornell's long-established language and area studies programs -- the South Asia Program (SAP) and the Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) -- have received highly competitive four-year grants from the Department of Education. These two Asia programs won renewed prestigious designation as National Resource Centers (NRC), and were awarded Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. This is in recognition for their excellence in areas critical to the national interest.

FLAS fellowships are offered to fund the study of the following languages (* Priority languages):

South Asia Program (SAP):

*Bengali, *Hindi-Urdu, *Nepali, *Sinhala, *Tamil, Persian

Southeast Asia Program (SEAP):

*Burmese, *Khmer (Cambodian),  *Indonesian/Malay, *Tagalog, *Thai,   *Vietnamese


Based on current program regulations, the applicant must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States;
  • Show potential for high academic achievement based on indicators such as grade point average, class ranking, or similar measure that the institution may determine;
  • Agree to pursue full-time study in accordance with the university’s requirements during the entire award period, and agree to study language during the tenure of the award;
  • Demonstrate the extent to which the necessary language training requirements have been met. Note: Lowest priority will be given to a candidate who is a native speaker of the language for which an award is sought.
  • The fellowship may be used overseas only if the candidate has received prior approval from the U.S. Department of Education Program Officer to enroll in an advanced program overseas established by a U.S. institution.

Graduate Students must:

  • Have earned a baccalaureate or comparable degree before the fellowship begins
  • Be accepted for (or enrolled in) graduate level training in an approved program that combines modern foreign language training with—
    • Area or international studies; or
    • Research and training in the international aspects of professional and other fields of study;
  • Funding for graduate summer FLAS is available from all area studies programs

Undergraduate Students must:

  • Be in the process of earning a baccalaureate
  • Have approval of your advisor to that you are able to fulfill the foreign language class and an area or international studies course requirements during both the Fall and Spring of the academic year (for AY FLAS only).
  • SAP and SEAP have the option to advertise and award summer FLAS fellowships to undergraduate students who are studying less commonly taught languages at the intermediate to advanced level, as well as to graduate students, for summer 2015 awards for all levels of study.
  • Funding for undergraduates to attend a summer intensive language acquisition program on a FLAS is available from SAP, and SEAP.
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