Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

FLAS Fellowships

Applications for the 2019-2020 Academic Year open in Mid-November 

Application deadline: February 9, 2019

*Please note that fellowships for 2018-2019 are contingent on the Center for Middle Eastern Studies receiving funds from the US Department of Education for the next grant cycle

CMES offers FLAS Fellowships to fund highly competitive graduate (incoming and continuing) and undergraduate students for the study of regional foreign languages including:


Please review this PDF document which outlines various rules in more detail, and which contains many frequently asked questions for the academic year and summer awards.

To Apply:

  1. Read the Graduate or Undergraduate FAQ resources thoroughly to understand eligibility, general guidelines, etc.
  2. Download the online Application: Graduate Application // Undergraduate Application
  3. Submit all application materials (including letters of recommendation) at one time via email to Lisa Parisi.

Academic Year FLAS

The CMES academic year FLAS provides a nine-month stipend of $15,000 (paid monthly September - May), plus resident tuition for up to eleven (11) hours of course credit per semester; any balance above 11 credit hours is the responsibility of the student.


  • Take at least one language course for a letter grade each semester of receiving the fellowship. Course must be approved by the Center.
  • Take at least one MES area studies course for a letter grade each semester of receiving the fellowship. Course must be approved by the Center.
  • Be registered full-time (minimum 9 credit hours)
  • Complete online reports sent to you by the U.S. Department of Education. This happens at the beginning and end of each fellowship period.
  • Meet with assigned faculty at the beginning and end of the academic year for language assessment. This consists of an OPI (oral proficiency interview) and responding to questions that test the student on the description of various situations with increasing levels of difficulty.

CMES has generally awarded 8-9 academic-year fellowships annually.

Summer FLAS

The CMES summer FLAS provides a stipend of $2,500, plus coverage of tuition and course-related fees up to $5,000, for an organized, intensive language study program. Beginning-level language learners (first-year) must attend domestic programs. Intermediate learners have a choice between domestic and overseas programs. Advanced learners are expected to study overseas. Exceptions can be made to these conventions when required by program availability.


  • Contact Hours:  Beginner and intermediate levels of study require a minimum of 140 contact hours in the summer program. The advanced level requires at least 120 contact hours. These contact hours must be clear on the program's website or brochure. Programs offering less than these minimum requirements cannot be considered. This is what defines "intensive" for FLAS purposes. Typically the program has a duration of at least six weeks. Programs that have been approved in the past are listed in this document.
  • Registration:  Students traveling overseas must apply to the Study Abroad Office for Independent Study & Research (ISR) status. CMES will cover ISR-related fees: a $400 registration (tuition bill) and $50 registration fee (WIO page). Upon approval, Study Abroad will enroll students in ISR 080, which is a zero-credit full-time enrollment course, which allows them to maintain current student status and covers them under International SOS, UT's overseas emergency plan. A separate ISOS application is required and students are charged $19/week to their WIO page, which may or may not be covered by FLAS (decided on a case-by-case basis). Stipends will not be disbursed until students are registered for ISR 080.
  • Restricted Regions:  Students seeking a program in what is considered a restricted region must apply for permission to travel (list of countries). Please review the university policy and prepare early your application to request travel authorization.

CMES has generally awarded 6-10 summer fellowships annually, depending on program costs.Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are made possible with funding from the U.S. Department of Education through its Title VI grant.

Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are made possible with funding from the U.S. Department of Education through its Title VI grant.

For additional questions, please contact Lisa Parisi. 

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