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Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Undergraduate Fellowship

Website: FLAS Fellowships


FLAS Fellowships support undergraduate, graduate and professional students in acquiring modern foreign languages and area or international studies competencies.   Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply. FLAS Fellowships are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.  Contingent on funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the eight National Resource Centers of the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies will offer Academic Year 2015-16 and Summer 2015 FLAS Fellowships.

FLAS Fellows receive:

  • Academic Year Graduate: $18,000 tuition, $15,000 living stipend
  • Academic Year Undergraduate: $10,000 tuition,$5,000 living stipend
  • Summer Graduate/Undergraduate: $5,000 tuition,$2500 living stipend

Language study must be in one of these target languages at the intermediate or advanced level for undergraduate applicants:

Arabic, Bengali, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Canadian First Nations, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Estonian, Filipino/Tagalog, Finnish, French, German,  Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian/Malay, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Khmer, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tajik, Thai, Turkish, Uighur, Urdu, Uzbek, and Vietnamese. 

Undergraduate applicants should note that they must be studying a language other than French, German or Spanish and are ineligible for FLAS awards to fund beginning level language study.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Summer Award Details

  • Applicants must propose intensive summer language programs that are a minimum of six consecutive weeks and 140 classroom hours for beginning/intermediate level or 120 classroom hours for advanced level
  • Award may be used at UW, another U.S. institution, or at an overseas institution
  • Students should apply to their summer programs as soon as possible.  Many programs have deadlines that are earlier than the FLAS application deadline. 
  • To study abroad students must be at the intermediate or advanced level unless an appropriate beginning language program is not available in the U.S.  Study abroad must be undertaken in an established program, institute or university.
    The UW Study Abroad Office is available to help applicants find summer programs abroad.  FLAS applicants seeking to transfer summer program credits from overseas institutions to UW must apply through the Study Abroad Office, and deadlines for application are between February 15 and March 15
  • All applicants should carefully read the guidelines specific to the Center to which they are applying     

Academic Year Award Details

  • Awardees must be enrolled full-time for the duration of their award (Graduate 10 credits per quarter, Undergraduate 12 credits per quarter)
  • Applicants must propose a program of study that includes at least 3 credits per quarter in the language of their award and 3 credits per quarter in either area or international studies or the area or international aspects of professional or other fields of study.  The area studied must match the Center applied to--i.e. a student applying for Spanish through the Center for West Europe must be studying Europe, not Latin America.
  • PhD candidates may propose dissertation research abroad. See FAQs for more details.
  • All applicants should carefully read the guidelines specific to the Center to which they are applying.


  • Priority will be given to applicants with a high level of academic ability and with previous language training.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who are most likely to pursue government service or enter a professional field.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who show potential in meeting critical national security needs.
  • Low priority is given to applicants who have achieved language fluency equivalent to educated native speakers in the language for which the award is sought.
  • Low priority is given to applicants proposing dissertation research or writing.


Additional Information

FLAS Undergraduate Fellowships are administered by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies National Resource Centers under a grant from the United States Department of Education.

Each of the National Resource Centers offers FLAS Fellowships in languages relevant to each center's focus. Please see the listing of centers with their areas of focus for additional important details.

Understanding the focus of each center and the relevance of the languages offered to that focus is important to developing a strong application. For example, the Center for West European Studies offers support for the study of Turkish, but its focus would be on Turkish as it is used within Western Europe, not Turkey. The Middle East Center offers Turkish, and its focus would be the use of Turkish in Turkey, not Western Europe. So choosing which center to apply to is driven by your language and the focus for your studies.

Applicants may apply for both summer and academic year awards, may apply for FLAS funding for more than one language, or for a language offered by more than one center. In all cases, applicants must submit a separate and complete application for each term, language or center. (NOTE: Only one complete set of three recommendation letters, test scores, and transcripts is required. See FAQs for further details about multiple applications.)

Information sessions:

  • Thursday, October 29, 10-2 Undergraduate Fellowships Fair,
    Mary Gates Hall, FLAS workshop session 10:30, Mary Gates Hall 171
  • Tues, Nov 10, 10-2 UW Study Abroad Fair
    HUB Ballroom
  • Thurs, Nov 12, 2:00 - 3:00PM PST
    PST Web Chat*
  • Wed, Nov 18, 3:30-4:30
    Thomson Hall 317
  • Tues, Dec 1, 2;30-3:30
    Thomson Hall 317
  • Wed, Dec 16, 3:30 -4:30PM PST
    Online Web Chat*
  • Tues, Jan 5, 1:30-2:30PM 
    Thomson Hall 317
  • Thurs, Jan 14, 2:30-3:30PM 
    Virtual Office Hour*


To be eligible to apply, you:
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • To accept a FLAS award offer, you must be enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) in a full-time program of study at the University of Washington
  • Undergraduates must be studying a language other than French, German or Spanish and are ineligible for FLAS awards to fund beginning level language study   
Information about graduate student eligibility and application process is available at

Student Type

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Graduate

Citizen Type

  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident


Please see for application information and additional details.

What materials do I need to apply for a FLAS award?

  1. A written proposal, in essay format, of approximately two single-spaced pages detailing your academic plan and how the FLAS fits in with your education and/or career plans
  2. Official or unofficial transcripts from all colleges or universities attended (in electronic format; no hard copies accepted)
  3. Relevant test scores (GRE, LSAT, GMAT or other, as relevant to your student status). PhD candidates who weren't required to submit test scores for their programs are exempt and should note that on their application. Undergraduates do not need to report any test scores and should enter 'exempt' on their applications.
  4. Letters of recommendation; applicants for graduate FLAS fellowships must submit 2 general and 1 language recommendation.  Applications for undergraduate FLAS fellowships must submit 1 general and 1 language recommendation.  Note that each recommendation submitted will be attached to each application submitted. Recommendations can be added if you feel it will strengthen your application, including additional language references if applicable.
  5. Federal student aid report (SAR) or UW Office of Financial Aid award letter

Contact Information

If you have any questions, contact
Robyn Davis
Fellowships Coordinator
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Thomson Hall, Room 126, Box 353650
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Tel: 206-616-8679  

Award Details

Length Of Award

summer and/or academic year

Number of Awards


Award Amount

$7,500 summer, $15,000 academic year


  • 2016-01-29: Program Deadline