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Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

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. 

We offer FLAS fellowships in the following languages: 

South Asia Program

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

Southeast Asia Program

  • Burmese
  • Filipino (Tagalog)
  • Indonesian/Malay
  • Khmer (Cambodian)
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese

Deadline

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March (SAP) and May (SEAP) 2021. Please watch for more details.

Amount

  • 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. 

Eligibility

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. 

How to Apply

You may apply for both fellowship periods by submitting two applications. In your application, please indicate the language level you intend to study during the award period. 

Graduate Requirements

  • Be accepted for (or enrolled in) graduate-level training in an approved program that combines modern foreign language training with either one of the following:
    • Area or international studies.
    • Research and training in the international aspects of professional and other fields of study.
  • Be at the intermediate or advanced level of language study or be starting a second regional language. 
  • Submit application materials, including: 
    • Two letters of recommendation, one from your chair/advisor and one from another faculty reference. 
    • An official transcript of one full academic year of coursework.
    • An optional third letter of recommendation from a language instructor.

Undergraduate Requirements

  • Be in the process of earning a baccalaureate.

  • Be at an intermediate or advanced language level for one of the designated languages.
  • Plan to attend an approved summer intensive language acquisition program or enroll in South Asian language classes at Cornell in the upcoming academic year.
  • Submit application materials, including:
    • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members.
    • An official transcript of one full academic year of coursework.
    • An optional third letter of recommendation from a language instructor.

Apply