Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Program

What is FLAS?

The Foreign Language and Areas Studies (FLAS) program provides grants to a select number of institutions of higher education to enable them to offer competitive Academic Year and Summer fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students pursuing modern foreign language, area, or international studies. Students awarded a FLAS Fellowship receive a monthly stipend and tuition coverage assistance while studying a modern foreign language. Applications for 2022-2023 will open on November 1, 2021 and will be due February 1, 2022.
Funding for the 2022-2023 Academic Year is dependent upon the Center for Middle Eastern Studies being awarded funding from the Federal Government for the 2022-2026 grant cycle. Please note that we may not find out whether we will receive FLAS funding until after the application deadline, but we encourage students to apply and will notify applicants as soon as we know. 


Graduate Academic Year FLAS

up to $18,000 ($9,000 per semester max)
Applied to Tuition Bill
$20,000 (in 9 payments Sept-May)
Stipend to Student

Undergraduate Academic Year FLAS

up to $10,000 ($5,000 per semester max)
Applied to Tuition Bill
$5,000 (in 9 payments, Sept-May)
Stipend to Student

Summer FLAS 

 up to $5000
Applied to Program Tuition
$2,500 (1 payment)
Stipend to Student
 The goals of the FLAS program are:
  • to assist in the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area or international studies
  • to foster foreign language acquisition and fluency
  • to develop a domestic pool of international experts to meet national needs
FLAS fellowships continue to produce a uniquely qualified cadre of modern foreign language experts whose knowledge significantly influences the business, government, and higher education communities.


How does FLAS work?

Students applying for a FLAS through the Center for Middle Eastern Studies must study a modern Middle Eastern language: Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish. Students interested in these languages may also apply through other centers on campus, such as: CES for Turkish, CREES for Persian/Tajiki and Turkish, and SAI for Persian.

Academic Year Requirements

Summer Requirements

Fall Semester
1 approved Area Studies course & 1 approved modern language course 
Beginning & Intermediate level language study
140 contact hours
Spring Semester
1 approved Area Studies course & 1 approved modern language course
Advanced level language study
120 contact hours
If awarded an Academic Year FLAS, students will take one Area Studies course and one modern language course each semester, as well as attend four CMES events during the year. The structure of an Academic Year FLAS may be interdisciplinary or multi-disciplinary, including the humanities, social sciences, or other professional studies, and must include the study of the languages of the geographical area of specialization. A Summer FLAS is used for study of the target language at an organized, intensive language program.


Who can apply for a FLAS?

In order to apply for an Academic Year or Summer FLAS:
  • you must be an undergraduate (current) or graduate student (current or admitted) at UT
  • you must be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States
  • you must show potential for high academic achievement based on grade point average, class ranking, and similar measures determined by UT Austin and CMES
  • Undergraduates must be at the intermediate or advanced study of the modern Middle Eastern language they are applying for
  • Graduates can only study at the beginning level if they have achieved advanced proficiency in another modern language of the world area of specialization and if learning a second language of that world area is required for the student’s overall training and expertise


Evaluation Criterion:

FLAS decisions are made based upon a variety of factors, including, but not limited to academic recrod, language level, and the vitality and appropriateness of program selected in the cases of summer and abroad study.


Selecting a non-UT program:

For summer and study abroad awards, the quality, and appropriateness of the program selected factors heavily in student ranking. Please note that in the event that circumstances affect the vitality of the projected program, we will work with the student to locate a viable alternative. However, in certain cases, it is not possible to find a suitable program in the time available and awards will be redistributed to waitlisted applicants. 
**The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in constantly evolving travel restrictions and guidance. We therefore recommend potential FLAS students interested in studying abroad remain flexible in their plans, and that the possibility of attending programs abroad next summer and/or academic year will depend on developments in the coming months.**



Applications for 2022-2023 will open on November 1, 2021, and close at midnight on February 1, 2022. All materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted by February 1, 2022, at midnight. The deadline is final, and there are no exceptions.


Post-Award Requirements:

After the period of your FLAS award is complete, you will submit an electronic performance report to the Department of Education by the stated deadline, documenting your accomplishments and plans for future study or employment. Additionally, you will complete surveys on your academic and professional achievements periodically throughout your time at UT and for eight years post-award period. You must provide CMES with up-to-date contact information so that we can reach you for this purpose.

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