Graduate Funding Information Service

December 16, 2019

Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)

Application Deadline: January 31, 2020, 5pm

FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowships support undergraduate, graduate and professional students in acquiring modern foreign languages and area or international studies competencies. Contingent on funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the six National Resource Centers of the University of Washington will offer Academic Year and Summer FLAS Fellowships in the following languages:

Arabic –Bangla –Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian -Burmese –Chinese –Hebrew –Hindi –Indigenous languages spoken in Canada –Indonesian –Inuktitut –Japanese –Kazakh –Khmer –Korean –Persian –Portuguese –Russian – Swahili –Tagalog –Thai –Turkish –Urdu -Uyghur –Vietnamese

In addition, graduate students are eligible to study intermediate or advanced French.

FLAS Fellows receive the following monetary amounts:

  • Academic Year Graduate: $18,000 tuition, $15,000 living stipend
  • Academic Year Undergraduate: $10,000 tuition, $5,000 living stipend
  • Summer Graduate/Undergraduate: $5,000 tuition, $2,500 living stipend



  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • Must be a current or incoming student to a full-time program of study at the University of Washington.  Applicants to full-time UW programs may apply simultaneously for the FLAS fellowship.
  • Graduates are:
    • Eligible for intermediate- or advanced-level study of the languages supported by the six UW Centers;
    • Eligible for beginning-level language study in exceptional circumstances. Special approval is required, and is considered on a case-by-case basis. If you already have advanced proficiency in another language related to your studies, you are eligible to apply for a FLAS to support beginning-level study of another language related to your studies.
    • Ineligible for beginning-level language study of French.

For more information about FLAS eligibility requirements and Fellowship details, click here. For more information about the FLAS program and a link to the application, click here.