Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships

Applications for the next award cycle will open November 19, 2019.

Fellowships are for Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish and Middle East studies.

The Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES) administers the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program supporting UCLA graduate and undergraduate training in Middle East Studies and modern languages including: Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. FLAS Fellowships are provided by a grant from the US Department of Education Title VI program. The purpose of the program is to support graduate and undergraduate students who are studying Middle Eastern languages and area studies at intermediate level or higher and to broaden the nation’s pool of area and international specialists. Beginning level of a language may be undertaken by graduate students if the student already is at advanced level in a second Middle Eastern language. Undergraduates already enrolled at UCLA and who will be in student status for the duration of the fellowship, may also apply for both awards but only for Intermediate and Advanced levels of language study. 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.

Applications for new and continuing UCLA graduate and undergraduate students in all disciplines is currently closed. Separate applications are required for Summer and Academic Year (AY) funding. 

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

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. More advanced levels are preferred.
  • Past awardees may reapply.

These grants may be combined with supplementary funding from UCLA and/or other funding agencies. However in cases of parallel large grants, recipients will have to decide which grant to accept and pairing will not be allowed. Grantees are required to inform the Center of any awards received during the FLAS fellowship period. 

Summer fellowships are for intensive language programs only. They provide a stipend of $2,500 plus tuition & fees up to a maximum of $5,000, and if grant funds are available, up to $1,000 for travel. 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 nine months and provide a total stipend of $15,000 for graduate students and $5,000 for undergraduates. AY tuition and fees are paid up to $18,000 for graduate students and $10,000 for undergraduates. 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. With prior approval, AY awards may be used for dissertation research for students at the advanced level of 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 language program
  • Competitive preference is given to applicants who demonstrate financial need as evidenced by submission of the FAFSA. 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.
  • FLAS fellowships may be combined with supplementary funding from other funding agencies. However, in cases of parallel large grants (NSF, multiple quarter TA-ships, etc.), recipients will have to decide which grant to accept and pairing will not be allowed. You are required to inform the Center for Near Eastern Studies of any awards which you may receive during the award period. Undergraduate students must also consult with the UCLA Financial Aid Office regarding their funding as this fellowship may impact other awards, grants, etc.


The application deadline for the 2019 Summer FLAS and the 2019-20 AY FLAS funding has passed. Applications for Summer 2020 and AY 2020-21 will be open in November 2019.

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