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 foreign language and area or international studies. Students awarded a FLAS Fellowship receive a monthly stipend and tuition coverage assistance. The application for the 2020-2021 FLAS will open on November 1, 2019 and close on February 1, 2020.
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Graduate Academic Year FLAS

up to $18,000 ($9,000 per semester max)
Applied to Tuition Bill
$15,000 (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 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 language course 
Beginning & Intermediate level language study
140 contact hours
Spring Semester
1 approved Area Studies course & 1 approved language course
Advanced level language study
120 contact hours
If awarded an Academic Year FLAS, students will take one Area Studies course and one 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 language
  • Graduates can only study at the beginning level if they have achieved advanced proficiency in another 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

 

Deadline:

Applications open November 1, 2019, and close at midnight February 1, 2020. All materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted by February 1, 2020, 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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