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Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships - Undergraduate


Summer Application: February 22, 2018
Academic Year: April 22, 2018 (pending availability of funds)

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute is pleased to announce its Academic Year 2018-19 competition for FLAS Fellowships. FLAS Fellowships are authorized under Title VI of the Higher Education Act and are administered by the United States Department of Education.  The purpose of the FLAS Fellowship program is: “To assist in the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area studies, to stimulate the attainment of foreign language acquisition and fluency, and to develop a pool of international experts to meet national needs.”
Applications will be accepted from students from any college or school, who demonstrate superior academic achievement and have an interest in Latin American languages and area studies related topics.  Academic Year awardees are expected to maintain high academic performance and take one language course and one area studies course for each semester that they receive the award.
LACSI will award FLAS Fellowships to a limited number of undergraduate students for an intensive program of language study in Quechua at the intermediate or advanced level and Portuguese at the intermediate, and advanced levels (2000 level and above), or for a Less Commonly Taught Language of Latin America at the intermediate level or higher. Academic Year FLAS fellows will receive up to $10,000 for tuition and fees and a $,5000 stipend.
Awards will not be made to native speakers of the language or to those who possess fluency equivalent to educated native speakers in the language for which the award is sought.

Summer Application: February 22,2018
Academic Year: April 22,2018 (pending availability of funds)


  1. Applicant must be a United States citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student and maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the University.


Applicants will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:
  1. Evidence that language training is needed to further the applicant’s career goals and study of global issues/problems.
  2. Extent to which the applicant’s planned academic program is focused on global issues/ problems.
  3. Applicant’s academic performance to date.
  4. Persuasiveness of the applicant’s letter of recommendation. 
  5. Other merit and need-based considerations.

This program is currently not accepting applications.