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Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are awarded to universities in order to promote the language and area studies training of undergraduate and graduate students who intend to make their careers in government service, higher education, or other employment where knowledge of foreign cultures is a prerequisite for success. In accordance with the guidelines of the Department of Education, preference will be given to students likely to pursue government service. Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible for FLAS fellowships.

Students who are planning to pursue languages beyond the advanced/3rd year level offered by the Department of Central Eurasian Studies will be able to apply for FLAS Fellowship, provided the language instructor agrees to offer such a class in 2016-2017. Students will have to sign up for a 3-credit Directed Readings course. The class must meet for a minimum of 120 contact hours (3.75hrs/week) during the academic year.

The instructors will need to confirm their willingness to teach a high level class by sending a short e-mail to IAUNRC ( by the FLAS deadline (2/1/2016). FLAS applicants are responsible for asking the instructors to write such e-mail.

The application deadline for FLAS as well as the priority deadline for Summer Language Workshop (SWSEEL) is February 1, 2016 by 11:59 PM.

IAUNRC accepts applications for the study of the following languages in the 2016-2017 academic year: Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Mongolian, Uzbek, Uyghur, Kazakh (contingent on availability of instructors), Kyrgyz (contingent on availability of instructors), Pashto (intermediate only) , Persian, Tibetan, and Turkish.

IAUNRC specific criteria for FLAS eligibility:

- Students may receive a maximum of three academic-year FLAS awards from IAUNRC: one for a BA program, one for an MA program, and one for a Ph.D program.

- Ph.D students who plan to take qualifying exams during the 2016-2017 academic year and students who have completed their required course work are not eligible for a FLAS award.

- Undergraduates can not apply for a FLAS for introductory-level language classes.

1. Academic Year FLAS

Undergraduate FLAS

Each fellowship covers the academic year, providing a $5,000 stipend plus maximum tuition award of $10,000 or actual tuition if lower. Undergraduate students have to be enrolled in intermediate-level language instruction (second-year level) or higher as well as in area studies courses (at least one each semester) during the period of the award. The choice of area studies courses has to be approved by IAUNRC. Students who receive FLAS for intermediate level of language will be asked to continue on to the advanced level the following academic year or summer.

Graduate FLAS (for students of Arts & Sciences and Professional Schools)

Each fellowship covers the academic year, providing a tuition award for up to 12 credits of coursework each semester (a total of 24 credits) and a stipend of $15,000. 90% of charges will be covered for an in-state and 95% for an out-of-state fellowship recipient. Health insurance will be provided for graduate awardees. FLAS fellows must undertake full-time study during the period of the award and be enrolled in formal instruction in the language of the award as well as in area study courses (at least one each semester). The choice of area studies courses has to be approved by IAUNRC.

All FLAS applications must include:

  • FLAS application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which should address the applicant's abilities in foreign-language training
  • Statement on language training and proposed program of study
  • All applicants must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application by February 28, 2016 and request to have the results sent to Indiana University.

Apply on-line at
Deadline: February 1, 2016, 11:59 PM

2. Summer FLAS for Non-IU Language Instruction:

Title VI FLAS fellowships may be awarded to an Indiana University student for summer language instruction in an established program at another institution (in the U.S. or abroad) in a language or level of language study not available at IU SWSEEL. The award includes a fee remission and a stipend.
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3. Summer FLAS for IU SWSEEL 2016:
Title VI FLAS fellowships are awarded to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in intensive instruction in the Indiana University Summer Language Workshop in Slavic, East European, and Central Asian Languages (SWSEEL). Eligible languages will include: Azerbaijani, Estonian, Mongolian, Persian, and Turkish. The award includes a fee remission and an estimated stipend of $2,500.

Students have to submit both Summer Language Workshop and FLAS applications.
Deadline to assure consideration for funding: February 1, 2016

Attention Undergraduate Students:

  • Summer undergraduate awards require enrollment in intermediate level language instruction (second-year level) or higher.
  • Undergraduates who plan to graduate prior to the beginning of the summer program to which they are applying remain eligible only under certain conditions, including being enrolled in a relevant graduate program by Fall 2016 or postponing graduation.