Summer 2016 & Academic Year 2016-2017

Please review the “FLAS FAQs” before applying.

Deadline: Friday, January 29, 2016, 11:59pm

Information Session: TBD

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, fees, 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 (4) academic-year GRADUATE-student awards of up to $18,000 per award for institutional payment (tuition, fees, 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). Please note: the receipt of an academic year 2015-2016 FLAS funding award is contingent upon federal allocations.

Priority Languages:

  • Arabic
  • Modern Hebrew
  • Persian
  • Turkish
  • Urdu

For additional languages covered by other centers, see here.


  • Status as a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident.
  • At the graduate level, students must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a program of graduate or professional study.  Graduate students may implement FLAS at any language level.
  • At the undergraduate level, only students in the intermediate or advanced study of a less commonly taught language are eligible.

Application Instructions:

All applicants should follow the common application instructions here.


Contact Information:

Shai Tamari

Associate Director

Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations

(919) 962-2034