Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships


FLAS. pictures of Ghana, Brazil, Ukraine, and Korea

Fellowships for Critical, Less Commonly Taught Languages

Thank you for visiting the KU FLAS website where you can see how FLAS fellowships 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 four designated FLAS granting area studies centers providing funding for twenty-five less commonly taught languages:

  • Kansas African Studies Center (KASC)
  • Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS)
  • Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
  • Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES)

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

Available Fellowships

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Academic Year (AY) Fellowship: Graduate Students

Graduate student Academic Year (AY) FLAS Fellowships provide up to $18,000 for tuition and a $20,000 subsistence allowance or stipend.
FLAS fellow standing above a cliff overlooking a valley in Brazil.

Academic Year (AY) Fellowship: Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate student Academic Year (AY) FLAS Fellowships provide up to $10,000 for tuition and a $5,000 subsistence allowance or stipend.
FLAS fellow posing for a picture with for locals.

Summer Fellowships

Summer FLAS Fellowships (both undergraduate and graduate) provide up to $5,000 for summer tuition and a stipend of $3,500. Up to $1,000 in travel funds are available to study at a site of essential or intensive language immersion.

Award Amounts

AY Grad
Tuition & Fees: $18,000
Stipend: $20,000
Total: $38,000
Travel Award: Not eligible
AY Undergrad
Tuition & Fees: $10,000
Stipend: $5,000
Total: $15,000
Travel Award: Not eligible
Summer
Tuition & Fees: $5,000
Stipend: $3,500
Total: $8,500
Travel Award: Up to $1,000

Eligible Languages

CEAS. Photo collage of East Asia

Eligible languages offered by the Center for East Asian Studies

Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Uyghur.
CLACS. Photo collage of Latin America

Eligible languages offered by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Guaraní, Haitian Creole, Kaqchikel, Miskitu, Portuguese, Quechua, and Yucatec Maya.
CREES. Photo collage of Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Turkey, and Croatia.

Eligible Languages offered by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/ Serbian (BCMS), Czech, Polish, Russian, Slovene, Tajik/Persian, Turkish, and Ukrainian.
KASC. Photo collage of Africa

Eligible languages offered by the Kansas African Studies Center

Arabic, Kiswahili, Wolof, and Yoruba.