Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship

Administered by the Title VI National Resource Centers at the University of Pennsylvania

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies or with the international aspects of professional or fields of study.

FLAS fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the University of Pennsylvania’s  Title VI National Resource Centers to assist students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies, including the international aspects of professional or other fields of study. FLAS awards are available only for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding. Please direct any questions to the FLAS Coordinator of your chosen language.    

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applications by students in professional fields are encouraged. Preference will be given to applicants with a high level of academic ability and with previous language training.  Academic Year and Summer FLAS awards are two separate competitions requiring two complete and separate applications.    

Students receiving Academic Year Fellowships must be enrolled in full-time study for the duration of the FLAS award and must take one language course and one related area or international studies course each semester. Academic Year Fellows must be admitted to or enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, or professional programs at the University of Pennsylvania. FLAS awards may be used in some cases for students participating in official overseas language programs and in very limited cases for dissertators. Please see the FLAS FAQ page or contact the relevant FLAS Coordinator.   

Summer Fellowships are for intensive language programs either domestically or abroad and require a separate application from the Academic Year Fellowship (minimum contact hours and duration of summer courses are outlined in the FLAS FAQ section).     

The FLAS deadline is January 19th at 11:59pm. FLAS APPLICATION


Attend one of our info sessions to learn more about FLAS:

November 9, 2017 at noon in Claudia Cohen Hall Room 402

January 12, 2017 at noon; location TBA


If you have any questions about the program, please contact Rachelle Erica Faroul at 215-898-8816 or rfaroul@sas.upenn.edu.