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Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

Tamil musicians leading parade in Hatton, Sri Lanka

Achieve language fluency with the help of a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship. You’ll gain valuable knowledge about cultures and countries in which your language is commonly used, while developing skills in a language critical to the needs of the United States. The Einaudi Center’s South Asia Program and Southeast Asia Program are U.S. Department of Education National Resource Centers. Only NRCs may offer FLAS fellowships, which we offer in South Asian and Southeast Asian languages.  


Graduate academic year: $15,000, plus a tuition allowance of $18,000. 

Undergraduate academic year: $5,000, plus a tuition allowance of $10,000. 

Summer (graduate or undergraduate): $2,500, plus a fees and tuition allowance of up to $5,000. 


Graduate and undergraduate students are eligible. You must fulfill the following requirements:  

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. 
  • Complete a FAFSA prior to the FLAS deadline. 

To be a successful applicant, you need to show potential for high academic achievement and agree to pursue full-time study of a language in accordance with the university’s requirements. You also need to demonstrate that you meet the necessary language training requirements. (Lowest priority will be given to a candidate who is a native speaker of the language for which an award is sought.)  

Academic year fellowships for undergraduates are offered in South Asia Program languages only.  

The fellowship may be used overseas only if you receive prior approval from the U.S. Department of Education to enroll in an advanced program established by a U.S. institution. 

Apply to SAP: FLAS

Apply to SEAP: FLAS

Additional Information

Funding Type

  • Fellowship


  • Student