Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships

Applications for the next award cycle, for Summer 2022 and Academic Year 2022-23 will be available in Fall 2021.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships are provided by a grant from the U.S. 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. Other less commonly taught languages of the region may be considered for funding as well. 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 only 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. Past awardees may reapply.

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 MENA region.
  • The level of planned language study. Intermediate and advanced levels are preferred.

FLAS Award Amount


up to $5000

Applied to Summer Program Tuition & Fees


Stipend to Student

Academic Year - Graduate Students

up to $18,000

Applied to Tuition & Fees


Stipend to Student

estimated $5,000

Possible Supplemental Stipend from Graduate Division

Academic Year - Undergraduate Students


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 including remote, distance learning language programs with synchronous face-to-face instruction that fulfills the contact hours requirements. Students should apply for admission directly to their intended summer language program(s) by individual program deadlines. 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 MENA language course and one MENA 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 work, and only for students with advanced language proficiency in all skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) of the language for which they are applying for FLAS. To qualify for this award graduate students must have completed all required coursework for their degree and have passed their departmental exams by the fellowship award period. See more information on FLAS dissertation award HERE.

COVID-19 Update:
Because of the international public health crisis caused by COVID-19, UCLA has suspended all nonessential international and domestic travel for the foreseeable future. FLAS fellows must abide by these policies until there is a university update to allow for student research and travel abroad, which will also require approval from the U.S. Department of Education.


Application Requirements:

  • Statement of purpose of no more than 1,000 words, outlining your primary research interest and explaining how language study will enhance your project, career goals and area of specialization.
  • Two academic letters of recommendation.
  • Unofficial university transcripts. Graduate Students can include transcripts from prior degree institutions.
  • 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 by competing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants’ financial need will be verified through the UCLA Financial Aid Office. 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 or writing. Click HERE for more information about Dissertation FLAS awards.
  • 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.
  • Grantees must inform CNES staff of any changes to their research and travel plans, particularly if they hope to be abroad during the fellowship period (see "Covid Update" above).  


New and continuing UCLA graduate and undergraduate students in all disciplines may apply. Separate applications are required for Summer and Academic Year funding. The application deadline for Summer 2021 and AY 2021-22 has passed.

Note: All FLAS application materials, including faculty recommendations must be submitted online by the deadline.

For Frequently Asked Questions, please see link below:

For more information please contact:
Johanna Romero, CNES Program Manager





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Published: Tuesday, September 1, 2020