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 States 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:

South Asia Program (SAP):

Bengali, Hindi, Modern Tibetan, Nepali, Persian, Punjabi, Sinhala, Tamil, Urdu

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;
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Complete a FAFSA prior to the FLAS deadline

Undergraduate students are eligible for Summer FLAS and must be:

  • In the process of earning a baccalaureate
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • At the intermediate to advanced level during the summer of 2016 (already have taken one year of the language)
  • New Requirement: Complete a FAFSA prior to the FLAS deadline
The FLAS deadline for 2017 is Wednesday, February 15 at 4:30 p.m.

Online Application

The online application is now open. Click here to apply.

Each applicant may submit multiple applications for different languages or periods of study. 

Send paper transcripts to: "FLAS Transcripts", 180 Uris Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853.  Only one set of transcripts is required for all applications.  

Information Handout

Einaudi Center FLAS Handout 2017