FLAS Fellowships

To learn more about the FLAS fellowships, please refer to the FLAS FAQs. If you have additional questions, contact us by email.

The Institute for Global Studies offers Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships in African, Asian, and International studies. The competition is open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree students to study a modern less-commonly-taught language (LCTL) in combination with area studies courses. There will be three distinct competitions (African studies, Asian studies, and international studies). Fellowships are available for the following modern foreign languages:

  • African Studies: Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Portuguese
  • Asian Studies: Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Urdu
  • International Studies: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Finnish, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Swahili, Swedish, Urdu

Other languages may be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 1, 2022

To be eligible for a FLAS fellowship, you must meet the following criteria:

  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Students must be fully matriculated in a University of Minnesota Twin Cities degree program (any major/program) at the time of the award 
  • Undergraduate students must be at the intermediate level of their target language (this is equivalent to having completed one full year of college-level study)
  • Graduate and professional students may study a language at the beginning level only if you have reached an advanced level of another foreign language related to your specific field of study. Beginning-level FLAS fellowships are available only for language study in the United States.

Please see the FAQs for more information about eligibility and fellowship requirements.

Summer 2022 FLAS Fellowships

  • Undergraduates and graduates: living stipend of $2,500 and up to $5,000 in tuition and fees

Summer fellowships are intended for intensive language study domestically or abroad. Intensive language study is defined as a program that offers at least 6 weeks of language instruction with 140 contact hours at the beginning (graduates only) or intermediate levels or 120 contact hours at the advanced level. Most UMN summer language courses meet these requirements.

Academic Year 2022–23 FLAS Fellowships

  • Undergraduates: living stipend of $5,000 and up to $10,000 towards tuition and required fees
  • Graduates: living stipend of $20,000 and up to $18,000 towards tuition and required fees

Academic year fellows take one language course and one area studies course each semester as part of their coursework at the University of Minnesota. Only full year (9-month) fellowships are available.


Academic Year 2022-23 FLAS Fellowships are dependent on the renewal of a Title VI grant from the US Department of Education. We are proceeding with the FLAS application and selection process, but Academic Year FLAS awards will not be announced and cannot be finalized until after the grant competition outcomes have been announced. This does NOT affect summer 2022 FLAS awards.

Application Process

Please submit the following:

  • Completed Application Form 
  • Statement of purpose (limit to 500 words) explaining how this fellowship will help you further your academic and professional goals
  • Academic transcript(s) (unofficial is OK)
  • Letter of recommendation*
  • Language Certification Form completed by a language instructor who can accurately assess your current language level

The application form and language certification form should be filled out online. Email the statement of purpose and transcripts to flas@umn.edu. Faculty may email the recommendation letter directly to flas@umn.edu.

Notes on the recommendation letter

The letter of recommendation should be 1-2 pages, written by a teacher, advisor, or employer who can comment on the applicant's academic potential. This letter does not need to come from a language instructor and does not need to directly address the applicant's language skills. Rather, it should be a broad evaluation of the applicant's academic performance, motivation, potential, and interest in foreign language and area studies.