The selection criteria:

The U.S. Department of Education has certain languages of priority based on areas of national need e.g. working in schooling or governmental positions. FLAS is part of a U.S. government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to our national security and prosperity and are essential to America's positive engagement with the world. Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships allow students to immerse themselves in the study of a critical language without having the burden of worry financial security. The 3 Centers each have their own specific priorities in order to meet with the needs that the Federal government has outlined. This is to ensure that the most qualified and deserving applicants achieve academic success and in turn contribute to the success of the United States.

Priorities for CEAS East Asian languages:

Students must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents to be eligible to apply. Applications from qualified students (1) who have expressed concrete plans to go into government service or to become K-12 educators, (2) wishing to study abroad, (3) who demonstrate financial need, or (4) from professional schools will be prioritized.

Priorities for CLACS Latin American & Carribean languages:

Competitive priority and preference is given to (listed in order) 1) KU students qualified to enroll in a Latin American or Caribbean LCTL or indigenous language program offered at KU; 2) KU students qualified to enroll in a Latin American or Caribbean LCTL or indigenous languages offered at another U.S. institution or in an approved foreign language program; 3) non-KU students qualified to enroll in a less-commonly-taught language program currently offered at KU; 4) KU graduate students qualified to enroll in advanced Spanish (offered at KU). In addition to the language priorities identified above, all meritorious applications from students with financial need as indicated by filed FAFSAs are given first priority.

Priorities for KASC African languages:

Students must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents to be eligible to apply.  Applications from qualified students (1) at minority serving institutions, (2) at community colleges, (3) from underrepresented groups, or (4) who demonstrate financial need will be prioritized.