2015-2016 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

Academic Year and Summer fellowships for training in modern Latin American languages combined with area studies for UCLA graduate and undergraduate students.

2015-2016 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship


The Latin American Institute administers the federally-funded Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program for Latin America at UCLA, supporting graduate and undergraduate training in Quechua, Portuguese, Nahuatl* and Advanced Spanish, combined with area studies. 

FLAS fellowships are provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program.The purpose of the FLAS program is to enrich the nation’s pool of area and international specialists. Applicants should intend to use their training to serve in government, international or non-governmental agencies, or to engage in other work that advances American understanding of other countries.

Fellows will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, language ability, significance and applicability of proposed course of study, commitment to apply language and area studies in future career, strength of recommendations, and national demands to train specialists in particularly critical fields. In addition to the aforementioned, high consideration will be given to students who demonstrate financial need and those who plan to go into government service.

*Please note: Nahuatl has been approved for summer FLAS funding. If you are interested in applying for an an academic year FLAS for Nahuatl, please contact David Arriaza at darriaza@international.ucla.edu or 310-206-6572 prior to applying. 


Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Continuing UCLA graduate students and continuing undergraduates may apply for academic year and/or summer awards. Incoming graduate students and undergraduate transfer students may apply for academic year awards.

Graduate students may study target languages at the beginning, intermediate and advanced level during the fellowship period (restrictions apply for summer programs abroad, see below). Spanish may only be studied at the advanced level.

Undergraduate students must study target languages at the intermediate or advanced level to be eligible for FLAS awards. Spanish may only be studied at the advanced level

Please note: Spanish has the lowest priority.

Fellowship Requirements

All FLAS recipients are required to complete pre- and post-award assessment and language proficiency reports for the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, recipients will be surveyed every two years for eight years following graduation regarding their employment and the extent to which the FLAS language is being used.

ACADEMIC YEAR (2015-16) FLAS awards require that students take one language and one area or international studies course (with Latin American content) each quarter during the academic year. Recipients must be enrolled as full-time students during the duration of the fellowship.

• Courses must be taken for a letter grade. Independent study courses are not accepted.
• Awards for dissertation research carry the lowest priority, and require prior approval from the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, applicants must be at the advanced level of proficiency.

SUMMER (2015) FLAS awards provide funding for intensive language study programs in the U.S. or abroad, and must be approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Programs must be a minimum of six-weeks in length and offer a minimum of 140 contact hours for beginning and intermediate level students, or 120 hours for advanced level students.

• Other languages of the Americas, such as Haitian Creole, Zapotec, and Maya, may be eligible for summer study.
• FLAS awards may not be used for an overseas language program at the beginning level unless there is no equivalent program in the U.S. 
• Students are not eligible for a summer FLAS awards if they will graduate June 2015.

• Summer FLAS is not available for dissertation research. Summer awards are intended to support intensive language study and should not be used for research purposes or to participate in an internship program.
Need help identifying summer programs? The CLASP website maintains a list of summer programs in less-commonly-taught and indigenous Latin American languages.

Estimated Award Amounts

• Academic-year graduate awards provide a $15,000 stipend and up to $18,000 in tuition and fees.
• Academic-year undergraduate awards provide a $5,000 stipend and up to $10,000 for tuition.
• Summer FLAS fellowships provide up to $5,000 toward tuition and fees (excluding room & board) as well as a $2,500 stipend.

Application Requirements

All FLAS applications must be submitted online at apply.international.ucla.edu/lai. Eligible students can apply for both a summer and academic year award, but must submit a separate application for each. Students will need to submit the following:

• 1-2 page statement of purpose  outlining your language study plans and describing how study of the region and proposed language will enhance your academic and/or research interests, is relevant to your overall professional and career goals, and aligns with the purpose of the FLAS program.
• Resume/CV
• Unofficial Transcripts (not URSA)
• Financial Aid Documents: 2015-2016 FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and your most recent Financial Aid Letter. (Optional but highly encouraged)
• Two academic letters of recommendation 
• Language Evaluation: If you have some knowledge of the language that you are applying to, you need to submit a language evaluation (AP exams or other certificates are not allowed).

In addition to the above, SUMMER FLAS APPLICANTS, must provide:

• Detailed Budget
• Summer Program Information: Program name, start/end date, total number of weeks, total number of contact hours and link to program website and/or program brochure.


For Quechua: please contact Luz Maria de la Torre (luzm@humnet.ucla.edu)
For Portuguese: Please have your current (or most recent) instructor/TA conduct the evaluation. If you have not taken Portuguese at UCLA, please contact Francisco da Silva (chicorei@ucla.edu) to schedule an evaluation.
For Spanish: Please contact your current (or most recent) instructor/TA. If you have not taken Spanish at UCLA, you may contact Luz Maria de la Torre to schedule an evalution (luzm@humnet.ucla.edu)
For Nahuatl: Please contact David Arriaza for more information.

Prospective UCLA students (You are not currently a UCLA student, but have applied for graduate or transfer admission): Please have a language instructor at your current/former institution or local university conduct a language evaluation.

View Sample Language Evaluation & Instructions

RECOMMENDATION LETTERS must be submitted online by your recommenders. In order for your recommenders to receive an email with unique log-in credentials to access to your application, you must include their names and emails in the "Academic References" section of the application.

Application Deadline: February 19, 2015

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