Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS)

The U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship program supports graduate training in modern foreign languages and related area studies during the summer (continuing students only) and academic year (new and continuing students). Academic-year awards provide a $15,000 stipend and full fees and tuition up to $18,000 (however, some Centers expect the student’s home department to cover fees and tuition). Summer awards provide up to $2,500 as a stipend and up to $5,000 for fees and tuition and up to $1,000 for travel expenses.

Entering students in all disciplines may apply for academic-year awards. Students must take one language and one area studies course for a letter grade each term during the academic year. Currently approved area programs are East Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Currently approved languages include, for East Asia: Mandarin, Japanese and Korean; for Europe: Armenian, Azerbaijani, Catalan, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian; for Latin America: Portuguese, Quechua and Advanced Spanish (other less commonly taught Latin American languages, such as Haitian Creole, Zapotec and Nahuatl may be approved for summer study); for the Middle East: Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish; and for Southeast Asia: Indonesian, Filipino/Tagalog, Khmer, Thai and Vietnamese.


A student is eligible to receive a fellowship if the student:

  • Is a citizen or national of the United States; or is a permanent resident of the United States;
  • Is accepted for enrollment or is enrolled in an institution receiving an allocation of fellowships; and
  • In a 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;
  • Shows potential for high academic achievement based on such indices as grade point average, class ranking, or similar measures that the institution may determine;
  • Is enrolled in a program of modern foreign language training in a language for which the institution has developed or is developing performance-based instruction;
  • In the case of an undergraduate student, is in the intermediate or advanced study of a less commonly taught language; or
  • In the case of a graduate student is engaged in pre-dissertation study, preparation for dissertation research, dissertation research abroad, or dissertation writing.


  • Links to the application can be found on the website of the UCLA International Institute ( and on each of the websites of the following UCLA Centers: Center for Southeast Asian Studies, G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies, Latin America Institute, UCLA Asia Institute, and the UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies.
  • Required information includes a statement of purpose outlining one’s research and language-study plans, language-proficiency certification or evaluation, two letters of recommendation, transcripts, and CV.


All FLAS applications must be completed online February of every year. Please check the website for details.


Center for Southeast Asian Studies
11274 Bunche Hall
P. (310) 206-9163

G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies
10286 Bunche Hall
P. (310) 825-1181

Latin America Institute
10343 Bunche Hall
P. (310) 825-4571

UCLA Asia Institute
(administering the East Asian FLAS program)
11288 Bunche Hall
P. (310) 825-0007

UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies
11367 Bunche Hall
P. (310) 825-8030