Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship

 Summer 2015 & Academic Year 2015-2016

Please review these “FLAS FAQs” before applying.

DEADLINE: Friday, January 30, 2015, 5:00 pm.


  • November 17, 2014, 12:00- 1:00pm, Room# 4082, Law School
  • November 17, 2014, 2:00-3:00pm, Room 3009 Global Education Center
  • November 18, 2014, 12:00-1:00pm, Room 3009 Global Education Center
  • November 19, 2014, 1:00-2:00pm, JOMC, Halls of Fame Room (first floor), Carroll

Students interested in applying for a FLAS award are advised to attend one of these sessions.

FLAS fellowships fund the study of Less Commonly Taught Languages and area studies coursework. This program provides academic year and summer fellowships to assist graduate students and advanced undergraduates in foreign language and area studies. The goals of the fellowship program include: (1) to assist in the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area/international studies; (2) to stimulate the attainment of foreign language acquisition and fluency; and (3) to develop a pool of international experts to meet national needs.

The Mideast center offers two types of FLAS grants:

1. Summer intensive language study: Four (4) GRADUATE-student and two (2) UNDERGRADUATE summer award of up to $5,000 per award for institutional payment (tuition and health insurance), and $2,500 per award for student stipend in the U.S. or abroad.

2. An academic year course of study that includes both language and area studies courses. Four academic-year GRADUATE-student awards of up to $18,000 per award for institutional payment (tuition and health insurance) and $15,000 per award for student stipend (undergraduate students cannot apply for Academic Year awards through the Mideast center; however, other centers do offer Academic Year awards for undergrads).

Students who are eligible by UNC guidelines for additional stipend support (e.g., PhD students) must provide confirmation that their Home Department will cover the difference of the stipend and pro-rated tuition and GSHIP costs. The Chair/Director of Graduate Study of your Home Department must sign your application to be accepted. Please note: the receipt of an Academic Year 2015-2016 FLAS funding award is contingent upon federal allocations.

The Mideast center’s priority languages are Arabic, Modern Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu. FLAS for other languages are supported by the appropriate Area Studies Center.

Additional application guidelines, including the application form, will be published by the middle of November, 2014.