Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship


Please review these “FLAS FAQs” before applying.

DEADLINE: Friday, January 31, 2014, 5:00 pm.


  • Wednesday, November 6, 1:00-2:00pm, Halls of Fame Room in Carroll Hall
  • Tuesday, November 12, 11:00am-12:00pm, Room 3009 in the Global Education Center
  • Wednesday, November 13, 3:00-4:00pm, Room 3009 in the Global Education Center
  • Tuesday, November 19, 12:00-1:00pm, Room 4082, School of Law
  • Thursday, December 5, 11:00am-12:00pm, Room 3009 in the Global Education Center

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 Center offers two types of FLAS grants:

1. Summer intensive language study: Three GRADUATE-student and one 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. 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 2014-2015 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.


In addition to a copy of the Center’s FLAS Application Form, applicants must submit the following supplemental materials:

  • FLAS Essay (single-sided)
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • FLAS Language Evaluation Form
  • Transcripts

Supplemental Materials Instructions: 

FLAS Essay:  2- 3 pages (single spaced, single-sided, 12 pt font, 1” margins). Please describe how the proposed language study fits in with your thesis, dissertation research project or degree program, how you intend to use the language, and how the language and area study will contribute to your ultimate career goals. Please also describe your previous language learning experiences (formal and informal).

FLAS Language Evaluation Form:  You are to meet with a UNC language instructor who will evaluate your language skills, and who will fill the Language Evaluation Form. If you are a beginner (Graduate students only), you are not required to be evaluated or to submit this form.

Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation from faculty members, or current or past employers (one of the letters must be from a faculty member, whether from UNC or another university). Letters are to be sealed and signed on the back of the envelope by the recommender. Letters are to be included in the application packet.

Transcripts: Applicants may submit unofficial transcripts from UNC (copy and paste or snapshot from ConnectCarolina); applicants who recently transferred from other universities must submit an official transcript.


This year the Center is requiring hard copy applications to be submitted to:

Shai Tamari
Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations
3023 FedEx Global Education Center (third floor)
301 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27599

The deadline is Friday, January 31, 2014, 5:00 pm.

For more information, please call Shai Tamari at 962-2034, or email him at