Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships

Fellowships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

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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 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for the 2022-23, 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26 academic years. 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 2023 summer term or the 2023-24 academic year. 

 

For information on Summer 2023 and AY 2023-24 Fellowships, click the buttons below to jump to the relevant sections.

Undergraduate FLAS Information

Graduate FLAS Information

 

Applications for the 2023-24 academic year fellowships offered through all six of the UCIS Centers opened on November 15, 2022. Please read below for details on deadlines and how to apply.

Undergraduate FLAS Fellowships

 

Summer 2023

AY 2023-24

Tuition:

$5,000

$10,000

Stipend:

$2,500

$5,000

Study of:

Intensive 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:

Apply online by February 17 for Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, and Global Studies Center.

Apply online by March 1st for Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, and Center for African Studies.

Apply online by February 15 for all Centers.

Apply to:

Asian Studies Center for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese

Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies for Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, 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])

Center for Latin American Studies for Haitian Creole, Portuguese (Brazilian) and Quechua

Center for African Studies for Amharic, Arabic, and Swahili

Global Studies Center for Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Portuguese, Swahili, and Turkish

Eligibility:

US citizen or permanent resident enrolled at Pitt

Will study a FLAS language at intermediate or advanced level

 

 

Graduate FLAS Fellowships

 

Summer 2023

AY 2023-24

Tuition:

$5,000

Federal funding provides up to $18,000; additional funding from Centers, Schools, and the Office of the Provost may cover additional costs up to full tuition and most fees.

Stipend:

$2,500

Federal funding provides a stipend of $20,000; additional funding from Centers may be provided to supplement the stipend and cover the costs of health insurance.

Study of:

Intensive 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:

Apply online by February 17 for Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, and Global Studies Center.

Apply online by March 1st for Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, and Center for African Studies.

Applications due to UCIS Centers no later than February 15, 2023.

Important: Most schools/departments have earlier internal deadlines. Be sure to check with your school's dean's office or departmental chairperson regarding school/department deadlines, as they are typically at least 2 weeks before the UCIS deadline for details.

Apply to:

Asian Studies Center for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese

Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies for Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, 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

Center for Latin American Studies for Haitian Creole, Portuguese (Brazilian) and Quechua

Center for African Studies for Amharic, Arabic, and Swahili

Global Studies Center for Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Portuguese, Swahili, and 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. Students may not be permitted to undertake additional employment on campus during their FLAS fellowship period (see FAQ section for more information).
 
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 continuation 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

  • Amharic (African Studies) 
  • Arabic (European Studies; African Studies; Global Studies) 
  • Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (European Studies; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies) 
  • Chinese (Asian Studies; Global Studies)  
  • Czech (Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, summer only) 
  • Farsi (Global Studies) 
  • 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) 
  • Haitian Creole (Latin American Studies) 
  • Hebrew (Modern) (European Studies) 
  • Hindi (Global 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; Latin American Studies; Global Studies) 
  • Quechua (Latin American 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) 
  • Swahili (African Studies, Global Studies) 
  • Swedish (European Studies) 
  • Turkish (European Studies; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; Global Studies) 
  • Ukrainian (Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies) 
  • Vietnamese (Asian Studies) 

FLAS Awarding Centers

Pitt has six 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, Gina Peirce (gbpeirce@pitt.edu)

European Studies Center
FLAS coordinator, Stephen Lund (slund@pitt.edu)

Global Studies Center
FLAS Coordinator, Elaine Linn (eel58@pitt.edu)

Center for African Studies
FLAS Coordinator, Macrina Lelei (macrina@pitt.edu

Center for Latin American Studies
FLAS Coordinator, Luis G. Van Fossen Bravo (bravo@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
 
 
Graduate Students

 

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, six (6) centers are offering Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships for Pitt graduate and undergraduate students for the 2023-24 academic year and/or Summer 2023. They are the Asian Studies Center; Center for African Studies; Center for Latin American Studies; Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; European Studies Center; and Global Studies Center.