Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships
Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships support students taking less-commonly taught language and area studies coursework. This program provides both academic year and summer fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students at the intermediate level and above. The Carolina Asia Center’s priority languages for FLAS include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi–Urdu, and Arabic and Persian with an Asia career/research focus in South, Southeast, or East Asia. We also consider other Asian languages not taught at UNC for summer fellowships.
The goals of the program include:
to assist in the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area/international studies;
to stimulate the attainment of foreign language acquisition and fluency; and
to develop a pool of international experts to meet national needs.
FLAS Fellowships are possible because of grants provided from the U.S. Department of Education to the UNC area and global studies centers.
Application deadline is February 4, 2022.
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All applicants must meet the following criteria, in addition to any specific requirements for the particular language of application.
Students must be a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization, or a permanent resident.
For Academic Year fellowships, graduate students must be enrolled in a program of graduate or professional study by the start of the Fellowship, but may apply in advance of admissions notification.
For Summer fellowships, you may be a prospective graduate student as long as you can demonstrate graduate or professional school admission during the upcoming Fall. You may apply in advance of admissions notification.
Graduate students must study the language at the intermediate or advanced level. If applying as a beginner, you must have advanced-level knowledge of another regionally-related language (for example, if applying as a beginner in Japanese, you must have advanced knowledge of Chinese, or any other Asian language).
At the undergraduate level, only students at the intermediate or higher level in the less commonly taught language of application are eligible.
Students should be enrolled (or accepted to soon enroll) at UNC-Chapel Hill or one of our designated partner institutions in the state of North Carolina.
Types of Fellowships
Summer FLAS Fellowships provide a $2,500 stipend and up to $5,000 for tuition and fees for approved intensive summer language courses in the U.S. or abroad. Consult with individual FLAS coordinators for travel costs in excess of the stipend.
FLAS students are permitted to receive additional funding from other sources to support their intensive language programs as long as they do not duplicate what is covered by the FLAS fellowships. For example, if a student receives funding from other sources to cover 100% of tuition and fees, his or her FLAS fellowship will not cover tuition and fees but will provide a $2,500 stipend. If other funding sources cover only a portion of tuition and fees (e.g. half), FLAS can cover the remaining cost of tuition and fees up to $5,000 and a $2,500 stipend. Students are required to report any additional funds from other sources for their intensive language program to their FLAS Coordinators.
To be eligible for FLAS funding, summer language programs must be at least six weeks in length and include 120 contact hours of language instruction for advanced-level students OR 140 contact hours for intermediate-level students.
Note for students hoping to study languages overseas in Summer 2021: The U.S. Department of Education has noted the uncertainty of travel in this period. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in constantly evolving travel restrictions and guidance, so study plans may have to adjust. The Carolina Asia Center is obliged to consider the official guidance from the State of North Carolina, U.S. Department of State, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when determining the allowability of travel for FLAS students. FLAS applicants wishing to go abroad should keep an eye on the State Department and CDC travel restrictions and guidance for their particular countries of interest.
In Summer 2020, FLAS grantees successfully pursued intensive language study with domestic and online programs. We hope to send students abroad again in 2021, but we have alternatives lined up if necessary.
Academic year FLAS Fellowships provide a stipend plus support for tuition and fees. Fellows are required to take at least one language and one area studies course each semester.
The FLAS Fellowship will provide a $15,000 stipend to a graduate student plus full tuition and fees. If you are selected as a FLAS fellow, you are required to obtain a confirmation from your home/academic department stating that the department will cover any required difference between the FLAS stipend and your graduate school’s minimum allowance.
The FLAS Fellowship will provide a $5,000 stipend to an undergraduate student plus up to $10,000 in tuition and fees.
FLAS fellowships could affect financial aid packages. We recommend that if awarded you contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to determine the fellowship’s affect on your financial aid package.
FLAS committees review all proposals and rank them using a weighted scale that considers academic merit, demonstrated financial need, and the extent to which the proposed study or use of the language matches Title VI priorities.
|Stipend||Tuition & Fee Support|
|Graduate Students||$15,000||full tuition & fees|
|Undergraduate Students||$5,000||up to $10,000|
|Undergraduate & Graduate Students||$2,500||up to $5,000|