Foreign Language Area Studies
Fellowships & Scholarships

FLAS Scholarships for Undergraduates

FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Illinois Title VI Centers and and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply.  Priority is given to the study of less commonly taught languages and each Center has specific priorities. A standardized FLAS application is available on-line at  Graduate student applications are submitted by the student’s department; undergraduate applications are submitted directly to the Center to which the student is applying.


Application Deadline

All applications are due February 10, 2012.


Academic Year Award

The FLAS scholarship awards $10,000 towards tuition and fees, as well as a $5,000 stipend. Students will be enrolled full-time each semester, and must enroll in a language and an area studies course in both the fall and spring semesters. FLAS scholars must also complete a student performance report at the beginning and end of each award period.

Summer Award

FLAS covers full tuition and fees for an intensive language program, plus a stipend of $2,500. Room, board, travel and miscellaneous fees may not be included in the tuition and fees payment, but must be covered by the student's stipend even if the program bills those as part of the fee. Program tuition and fees, plus UIUC fees and tuition, cannot exceed $5,000 (beginning Summer 2011). Summer awards are only for intensive language training and cannot be used for research abroad.


Applicants must be a US citizen or permanent resident and a current undergraduate student at UIUC. Undergraduate applicants must have a 3.0 GPA, and they must currently be enrolled in at least the first year of language study. Applicants are not eligible to apply for support for study of a language of which they are a native speaker. Candidates who currently hold or have previously been awarded a FLAS fellowship may reapply.

Languages approved for study for CSAMES academic programs


Arabic Hindi


Application Requirements

The application packet should include:

  • Cover sheet
  • Completed online application form
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a UIUC faculty member (Download Recommendation Form)
  • One language evaluation / recommendation from your most recent language instructor (Download Recommendation Form)
  • Transcript including the most recent semester's coursework
  • Statement of Purpose essay of no more than one page (single-spaced, 12-pt font, 1" margins), addressing the applicant's language and area studies interests and career plans


Further Information

For further instructions and application forms, please visit the university FLAS site at