Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships

The application period for summer 2020 and academic year 2020-21 is now closed.

The Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES) administers the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. FLAS Fellowships are provided by a grant from the US Department of Education Title VI program. The program is intended to broaden the nation’s pool of area and international specialists. Applicants should be planning to use their training to teach, to serve in government or international agencies, or to engage in other work that advances American understanding of other countries.

The program supports UCLA graduate and undergraduate training in Middle East and North African (MENA) Studies and modern languages of the region, including: Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. Graduate and undergraduate students who are studying the languages at intermediate level or higher are eligible. Beginning level of a language may be undertaken by graduate students if the student already is at advanced level in a second MENA language. Undergraduates already enrolled at UCLA and who will be in student status for the duration of the fellowship, may also apply for both Summer or Academic Year (AY) awards but only for Intermediate and Advanced levels of language study. 

Selection for the award is based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Academic performance and potential as evidenced by academic transcript, letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose.
  • The extent to which overall course of study focuses on the Middle East.
  • The level of planned language study. Intermediate and advanced levels are preferred.
  • Past awardees may reapply. 
 Award Amount

Summer FLAS 

up to $5000

Applied to Summer Program Tuition & Fees


Stipend to Student

up to $1,000 (if funding is available) 
Towards Travel Costs

Graduate Academic Year FLAS

up to $18,000 

Applied to Tuition & Fees


Stipend to Student

Undergraduate Academic Year FLAS


Applied to Tuition & Fees


Stipend to Student

Summer fellowships are for intensive language programs only. FLAS funds may be used for intensive summer language study at UCLA or elsewhere. A letter grade is required for language courses. Non-language programs are not eligible for summer FLAS funding, nor is dissertation research. In order to qualify for funding, the summer intensive language program must be at least 6 weeks long and provide at least 140 contact hours for beginning and intermediate level courses, or 120 contact hours for advanced level coursework.

Academic Year fellowships are awarded for fall-spring quarters. Fellowship recipients must be engaged in full-time study for the duration of their awards. The AY fellowship requires that each quarter students take both a Middle East language course and one Middle East studies course, all for a letter grade. It is expected that AY fellowships will be used at UCLA unless advanced approval is granted. Prior approvals are also required for AY awards to be used for dissertation research, and only for students with advanced language proficiency.

Application Requirements:

  • Statement of purpose of no more than 1,000 words, outlining your primary research interest and explaining how language study will enhance the project, career goals and area of specialization.
  • Two academic letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial university transcripts
  • Resume or CV
  • For summer funding, a budget will be required along with information about the summer language program
  • Competitive preference is given to applicants who demonstrate financial need. Students may demonstrate financial need by including a copy of your most recent FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and/or your most recent financial aid award letter. To complete the FAFSA application, visit

Fellowship Requirements:

  • For academic year fellowships, recipients must submit reports on the courses they pursue to fulfill the FLAS requirements each term. Advance approval is required for independent studies, directed reading courses, and dissertation research.
  • Meet reporting deadlines.  Recipients are required by the US Department of Education to complete online reports at the beginning and end of the award period including a language proficiency evaluation that must be submitted by the student's instructor both at the beginning and end of the award period.  Fellows must also provide biannual reports on employment and use of the target language for a minimum of eight years after graduation.
  • Grantees are required to inform the Center of any other awards received during the FLAS fellowship period. FLAS fellowships may be combined with supplementary funding. Graduate students should be aware of the Graduate Division's maximum limit of merit-based support. Undergraduate students must also consult with the UCLA Financial Aid Office regarding their funding as this fellowship may impact other awards, grants, etc.  


New and continuing UCLA graduate and undergraduate students in all disciplines may apply. Separate applications are required for Summer and Academic Year funding. 

The applications for both Summer 2020, and Academic Year 2020-21 are currently under review. 

All FLAS application materials, including faculty recommendations must be submitted online by the deadline. Applications for the next award cycle will be available in Fall 2020.

For Frequently Asked Questions, please see:

For more information please contact:
Johanna Romero
(310) 825-1181





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Published: Thursday, August 23, 2018