Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships

Fellowships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - Please read the FAQ thoroughly, as there is important information you will need prior to applying.

FLAS fellowships are administered by the U.S. Department of Education through selected grantee institutions. The University of Pittsburgh has been selected as a grantee institution for the 2018-2022 period. The FLAS Fellowship program is a prestigious and competitive federal award that allows eligible Pitt undergraduate and graduate students to compete for fellowships that will allow them to devote greater attention to the study of a chosen modern foreign language and area studies specialty.  

The Fellowship covers some or all tuition costs, may cover fees, and provides awardees with a stipend. The Fellowships are offered for the 2021 summer term or the 2021-22 academic year.

A virtual FLAS Information Session for students interested in applying for FLAS is scheduled for January 13, 2021 from 12-1 p.m. ET.  To register, go to bit.ly/FLAS-info-session-2021.

Undergraduate FLAS Fellowships

 

Summer 2022

AY 2021-22

Tuition:

$5,000

$10,000

Stipend:

$2,500

$5,000

Study of:

Modern foreign language

Modern foreign language combined with international/area studies or international aspects of professional or other fields of study

Application forms and deadline:

Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies: March 1, 2022.
Complete both the Summer Language Institute (SLI) application and the FLAS application form

Asian Studies Center: February 15, 2021
Asian Studies application form

European Studies Center: February 15, 2021
European Studies Center application form

Apply online by February 15, 2021

Apply to:

Asian Studies Center for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese

Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies for Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Turkish, Ukrainian

European Studies Center for Arabic, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Gaelic, Greek (Modern), Hebrew (Modern), Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish (Undergraduate students are not eligible for FLAS awards to support the study of commonly taught languages [French, German, or Spanish])

Eligibility:

US citizen or permanent resident enrolled at Pitt

Will study a FLAS language at intermediate or advanced level

 Graduate FLAS Fellowships

 

Summer 2022

AY 2021-22

Tuition:

$5,000

Tuition costs & most fees up to $18,000 or potentially full tuition

Stipend:

$2,500

At least $20,500

Study of:

Modern foreign language only

Modern foreign language combined with international/area studies or international aspects of professional or other fields of study

Application forms and deadline:

Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies: March 1, 2021.
Complete both the Summer Language Institute (SLI) application and the FLAS application form.

Asian Studies Center: February 15, 2021
Asian Studies application form

European Studies Center: February 15, 2021
European Studies Center application form

Print and complete application by February 15, 2021

Apply to:

Asian Studies Center for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese

Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies for Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Turkish, Ukrainian

European Studies Center for Arabic, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, French, Gaelic, German, Greek (Modern), Hebrew (Modern), Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

Your school or department FLAS coordinator

Eligibility:

US citizen or permanent resident

Enrolled or accepted for enrollment at Pitt

Summer Fellows 
Must pursue a program of intensive modern foreign language study lasting for a minimum of six weeks.
 
Academic Year Fellows
Must be enrolled in an area studies course and a language course during each term of the award period. Please contact the FLAS Fellowship coordinator in the appropriate international studies center for restrictions regarding the use of an academic year fellowship for dissertation-level students. 
 
Selection Process
The awards are made on the basis of academic merit with demonstrated financial need also taken into account. Financial need applicants must complete the FAFSA (see FAQ section for further details). Language priorities are determined by the US Department of Education and are important criteria in the selection process. Other important factors in the review of applicants include the overall quality of the student’s academic record and the relevance of the FLAS Fellowship target language to the student’s plan of study. Fellowships are contingent on the awarding center's receipt of FLAS grant funding from the US Department of Education for the period of the award.
 
Undergraduate Students
Must be studying a modern foreign language at the intermediate or advanced level to be eligible for a FLAS award.

 

Graduate Students
Graduate applicants interested in a less commonly taught language may be eligible for enrollment in the first year of their target language if certain conditions are met. Students studying a commonly taught language (French, German, or Spanish) must be studying the language at the advanced level to be eligible. Contact the relevant center’s FLAS coordinator with inquiries.

 

 

FLAS Languages

Arabic (European Studies)
Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (European Studies; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies)
Bulgarian (Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, summer only)
Chinese (Asian Studies) 
Czech (Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, summer only)
French (European Studies) (For graduate students at 3rd year and above only)
Gaelic (European Studies)
German (European Studies) (For graduate students at 3rd year and above only)
Greek (Modern) (European Studies)
Hebrew (Modern) (European Studies)
Hungarian (European Studies; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies)
Italian (European Studies)
Japanese (Asian Studies)
Korean (Asian Studies)
Polish (European Studies; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies)
Portuguese (European Studies)
Russian (Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies)
Slovak (Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies) 
Spanish (European Studies) (For graduate students at 3rd year and above only)
Swedish (European Studies)
Turkish (European Studies; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies)
Ukrainian (Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies)
Vietnamese (Asian Studies)

FLAS Awarding Centers

Pitt has multiple international studies centers offering FLAS Fellowships.

 

Asian Studies Center
FLAS coordinator, Emily Rook-Koepsel (rookkoepsel@pitt.edu)

Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
FLAS coordinator, Trevor Erlacher (trevor.erlacher@pitt.edu)

European Studies Center
FLAS coordinator, Iris Matijevic (irm24@pitt.edu)

 

Eligibility

Undergraduate Students
Pitt undergraduate students must be US citizens or permanent residents and must study a FLAS language at the intermediate or advanced level during the fellowship period.

 

Graduate Students
Pitt graduate students must be US citizens or permanent residents and must be enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) in a program that combines modern foreign language training with international or area studies or with the international aspects of professional or other fields of study. Please contact the relevant center's FLAS coordinator if proposing beginning-level language study.

 

Application Process

There are separate competitions for the Academic Year FLAS and the Summer FLAS, for which two separate and complete applications are required.  Two letters of recommendation are also required.
 
Undergraduate Students
  • Academic Year 2021-22 FLAS competition: February 15, 2021
  • Summer FLAS competition: Please see Undergraduate FLAS Fellowship table above for center-specific deadlines and application forms.
 
 
Graduate Students
  • Academic Year 2021-22 FLAS competition: February 15, 2021
  • Summer FLAS competition: Please see Graduate FLAS Fellowship table above for center-specific deadlines and application forms.

 

What are the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships?

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are authorized under Title VI of the Higher Education Act and are administered by the US 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.” As such, these fellowships may only be awarded to US citizens or US permanent residents. 
 
At Pitt, the Asian Studies Center; Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; and European Studies Center each are offering Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships for University of Pittsburgh graduate and undergraduate students for the 2021-2022 Academic Year and/or Summer 2021.