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Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

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Programs for Critical, Less Commonly Studied Languages

Thank you for visiting the KU FLAS website where you can see how FLAS fellowship have impacted our students, learn about the program, and find answers to your application questions!

The U.S. Department of Education encourages students in U.S. institutions to study languages essential to our nation’s positive engagement in the world. Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships provide financial support for students to immerse themselves in the study of these critical languages.

The University of Kansas has three designated FLAS granting institutions providing funding for seventeen less commonly taught languages:

  • Kansas African Studies Center (KASC)
  • Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS)
  • Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

These institutions provide competitive financial support for both KU and non-KU students.

Available Fellowships

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Graduate Student Fellowships

Graduate student Academic Year FLAS Fellowships provide up to $18,000 for tuition and a $15,000 subsistence allowance or stipend. Up to $1,000 in travel funds are available to study at a site of essential or intensive language immersion.
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Undergraduate Student Fellowships

Undergraduate student Academic Year FLAS Fellowships provide up to $10,000 for tuition and a $5,000 subsistence allowance or stipend. Up to $1,000 in travel funds are available to study at a site of essential or intensive language immersion.
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Summer Fellowships

Summer FLAS Fellowships (both undergraduate and graduate) provide up to $5,000 for summer tuition and a stipend of $2,500. Up to $1,000 in travel funds are available to study at a site of essential or intensive language immersion.

Apply Now

Applications for Summer 2021 and Academic Year 2021-2022 terms are now being accepted.
For CEAS & CLACS, apply by Sunday, December 20, 2020; For KASC, apply by Monday, February 8, 2021.
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FLAS made it possible for me to see the images that I research in person and gain a deeper understanding of Japanese and Chinese language and culture; it has been one of the most meaningful opportunities of my life, making me a better scholar and a more thoughtful person.


Rachel Quist
CEAS FLAS Fellow
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To me, FLAS means an opportunity to continue studying the language I love and broaden my experience in the field of Global and International Studies. Without FLAS, I would not be able to complete my double major and look for jobs with global opportunities where Portuguese is a valuable asset.


Reed Hersma
CLACS FLAS Fellow
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FLAS completely changed my academic goals and trajectory. I have become deeply passionate in learning Kaqchikel and exploring the way that language intersects with health. I have met incredible peers, traveled, researched, and grown so much through the opportunities that FLAS has allowed.


Fernanda Reyes
CLACS FLAS Fellow

Undergraduate Student Funding by the Numbers

Up to $15,000
Academic Year Fellowship
Up to $7,500
Summer Fellowship
Up to $1,000
Travel Funds
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FLAS allows me a wonderful opportunity to expand my horizons while giving me the critical language skills to pursue my dreams.


Scott Boland
CEAS FLAS Fellow
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To me, FLAS means having the opportunity to participate in a different worldview through a new language.


Silvia Sánchez Tappan
CLACS FLAS Fellow
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FLAS through CLACS means bridging, connecting, sharing and building knowledge in academic communities within the Caribbean and Latin American region.


Pere DeRoy
CLACS FLAS Fellow

Graduate Student Funding by the Numbers

Up to $33,000
Academic Year Fellowship
Up to $7,500
Summer Fellowship
Up to $1,000
Travel Funds