Foreign Language Area Studies
Fellowships & Scholarships

Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)

FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Illinois National Resource Centers and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply.

Students may apply for funding to study a Middle Eastern or South Asian language through the following Centers:

Center for African Studies: Arabic

Please contact Dr. Maimouna Barro for further details at

Center for Global Studies: Arabic; Hebrew; Hindi; Persian; Turkish

Please contact Mr.  Jeremie Smith for further details at

European Union Center: Arabic

Please contact Dr. Sebnem Ozkan for further deails at

To Apply

All students must apply using a standardized application (online application will be available on the FLAS website). Please review the FLAS website carefully for requirements for eligibility as well as graduate and undergraduate instructions, and peruse the FLAS FAQ make sure you have gathered all the information you need before beginning the online application.

• Applicants are judged on their record of academic achievement.
• Demonstrated and proposed commitment to EU language and area studies.
• Statement of purpose: Essays should describe how the proposed language study fits in with your thesis, dissertation research project or degree program and relates to EU Studies as a field of study; how you intend to use the language; and how the language and area study will contribute to your ultimate career goals. Please also describe your previous language learning experiences (formal and informal).
• Recommendation letters