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Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are awarded to universities in order to promote the language and area studies training of undergraduate and graduate students who intend to make their careers in government service, higher education, or other employment where knowledge of foreign cultures is a prerequisite for success. In accordance with the guidelines of the Department of Education, preference will be given to students likely to pursue government service. Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible for FLAS fellowships.

IAUNRC accepts applications for the study of the following languages in the 2014-2015 academic year: Dari, Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Kazakh, Mongolian, Pashto, Persian, Tibetan, Turkish, Uyghur, and Uzbek. FLAS fellowships for Persian for the study both of Central Asia and Iran are now being offered by the IAUNRC. Kazakh is contingent upon instructor availability.

IAUNRC specific criteria for FLAS eligibility:

- Students may receive a maximum of three academic-year FLAS awards from IAUNRC: one for a BA program, one for an MA program, and one for a Ph.D program.

- Ph.D students who plan to take qualifying exams during the 2014-2015 academic year and students who have completed their required course work are not eligible for a FLAS award.

- Undergraduates can not apply for a FLAS for introductory-level language classes.

1. Academic Year FLAS

Undergraduate FLAS

Each fellowship covers the academic year, providing a $5,000 stipend plus maximum tuition award of $10,000 or actual tuition if lower. Undergraduate students have to be enrolled in intermediate-level language instruction (second-year level) or higher as well as in area studies courses (at least one each semester) during the period of the award. The choice of area studies courses has to be approved by IAUNRC. Students who receive FLAS for intermediate level of language will be asked to continue on to the advanced level the following academic year or summer.

Graduate FLAS (for students of Arts & Sciences and Professional Schools)

Each fellowship covers the academic year, providing a tuition award for up to 12 credits of coursework each semester (a total of 24 credits) and a stipend of $15,000. 90% of charges will be covered for an in-state and 95% for an out-of-state fellowship recipient. Health insurance will be provided for graduate awardees. FLAS fellows must undertake full-time study during the period of the award and be enrolled in formal instruction in the language of the award as well as in area study courses (at least one each semester). The choice of area studies courses has to be approved by IAUNRC.

All FLAS applications must include:

  • FLAS application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which should address the applicant's abilities in foreign-language training
  • Statement on language training and proposed program of study

Apply on-line at
Deadline: February 2, 2014

2. Summer FLAS for Non-IU Language Instruction:

Languages offered during the summer (not SWSEEL) only: Azerbaijani, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Tatar, Turkmen

Title VI FLAS fellowships may be awarded to an Indiana University student for summer language instruction in an established program at another institution (in the U.S. or abroad) in a language or level of language study not available at IU SWSEEL. The award includes a fee remission and a stipend.
Apply on-line at
Deadline: February 2, 2014

3. Summer FLAS for IU SWSEEL 2015:
Title VI FLAS fellowships are awarded to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in intensive instruction in the Indiana University Summer Language Workshop in Slavic, East European, and Central Asian Languages (SWSEEL). Eligible languages will include: Hungarian, Mongolian, Persian, Tatar, Turkish, and Turkmen. The award includes a fee remission and an estimated stipend of $2,500.

All applicants must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application and request to have the results sent to Indiana University.

The SWSEEL application serves as the FLAS application for this program. Apply on-line at
Deadline to assure consideration for funding: February 1, 2015

Attention Undergraduate Students:

  • Summer undergraduate awards require enrollment in intermediate level language instruction (second-year level) or higher of a least commonly taught language (study of French, German or Spanish is NOT eligible). Some centers may require that undergraduate FLAS awardees enroll in a level higher than second-year.
  • Undergraduates who graduate prior to the beginning of the program to which they are applying remain eligible only under certain conditions, including being enrolled in a relevant graduate program by Fall 2013. Talk to the relevant center.
  • For summer language instruction at IUB, students who are applying for FLAS from the Inner Asian and Uralic Center and/or the Russian and East European Institute, should do so through the SWSEEL application at: Such students should NOT use this FLAS application (however, students who are applying to other centers for FLAS in support of summer language study at IUB should use this FLAS application).