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National Resource Centers

Canada Center        |        East Asia Center        |        Global Studies Center         |        Middle East Center    

Russia/E.Europe/Central Asia CenterSouth Asia Center  |  Southeast Asia Center  |  West Europe Center

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Canada Center:

Languages: French, Canadian First Nations, Métis, Inuktitut (Inuit)                          

FLAS Information:  The Canada Center is particularly interested in areas of study and research that have policy relevance for the Canada-U.S. relationship or that address Canada's role in the world. These include environmental management, urban planning, marine management, issues emerging in the Arctic region, Aboriginal self-determination in Canada, civil engineering, human security and building human capacity, public health, and the promotion of nations within a nation.

In addition to French, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for a FLAS in least-commonly taught Canadian languages, including First Nations languages, Métis, or Inuktitut (Inuit).  Students studying Salish are required to study in-residence at the University of British Columbia (or other program upon approval).  For more information on the current and past Center FLAS Fellows click here.

The Canada Center awards academic year FLAS Fellowships to graduate and PhD students only; it does not award to undergraduates during the academic year.  The Canada Center does award summer FLAS Fellowships to undergraduates for the study of Canadian First Nations, Métis, or Inuktitut (Inuit) at the intermediate language level or above.  Undergraduates are ineligible for FLAS Fellowships for beginning level language study or for French at any language level.

East Asia Center:

Languages: Chinese, Japanese, Korean       

East Asia Center academic-year FLAS awards are comprehensive awards that encompass both area studies training and language training, while summer FLAS awards are for intensive language training only. For this reason, the East Asia Center considers summer quarter the most appropriate time for study abroad, and in general ranks foreign study in the academic year a low priority.

Center for Global Studies:

Languages: Arabic, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi,  Indonesian/Malay, Kazakh, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Uighur, Vietnamese

FLAS Information: The Center for Global Studies considers only applicants whose studies have a transnational/comparative focus. Fellows' work must involve (1) a comparative study of different countries, processes, or phenomena or (2) transactions, relations, or phenomena that transcend national boundaries, or (3) a primarily theoretical perspective on international or comparative processes in which one or more countries are used as examples. In addition, the Center is interested in areas of study and research relevant to environment, health and security. If you apply to this Center, clearly explain in your proposal how your program fits at least one of these criteria.

Middle East Center:

Languages: Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish

FLAS Information:  Applicants proposing independent study to satisfy the area and/or language coursework requirements of the FLAS award must describe the content of the proposed course(s). It is strongly advised that students obtain relevant UW faculty commitment now for any proposed independent study. Receipt of a FLAS award does not obligate faculty to offer independent study.

Applicants should note carefully that academic-year awards are comprehensive awards that encompass both area and language training, while summer awards are for intensive language study only. For that reason, the Middle East Center considers summer term the most appropriate time for foreign study, and in general ranks foreign study in the academic year a lower priority.

Applicants whose area of interest is Central Asia (i.e., Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan) should direct their applications to the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies.

A student may not receive more than two academic-year awards. However, there are no restrictions on the number of summer awards a student may receive.

      The Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies:

Languages: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, Kazakh, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, Slovenian, Tajik, Uyghur (Uighur), Uzbek

FLAS Information: Students interested in studying abroad during the academic year must describe these plans in their application to be considered for study abroad. Once awarded an academic year FLAS, a student will not be able to change plans to study abroad or will have to forgo the fellowship.

South Asia Center:

Languages: Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Persian

FLAS Information: IMPORTANT: You may use a summer FLAS to study at the UW or at another U.S. or overseas institution.  If you plan on using the FLAS at another U.S. or overseas institution, please make sure to apply to the language program early.  Many of these have early deadlines, including deadlines which may be earlier than the FLAS application deadline. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
American Institute of Indian Studies:
South Asia Summer Language Institute:

For information about scholarships, including the Frank F. Conlon Fellowship, the India Association of Western Washington fellowship and others, see see

If you have questions, please contact Keith Snodgrass, Associate Director, South Asia National Resource Center,

Southeast Asia Center:

Languages: Burmese, Filipino/Tagalog, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai, Vietnamese

You may use a summer FLAS from the Southeast Asia Center to study at the University of Wisconsin Southeast Asian Studies Institute (SEASSI) or at an overseas institution. If you plan on using the FLAS at SEASSI or an overseas institution, please make sure to apply to the language program early. Many of these have early deadlines. For SEASSI details and deadlines see

For information about the Gething and Keyes awards for graduate student travel, go to or contact Sara Van Fleet, Associate Director, Southeast Asia Center,

West Europe Center:

Languages: Arabic, Danish, Estonian, Finnish , French, German, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

FLAS Information: The West Europe Center only accepts applicants whose studies and proposals focus on West European topics. The Center does not accept applications when the principal focus of the proposed project and student research interest is outside of Western Europe. The Center could, for instance, accept a proposal for Turkish focusing on Turkish immigrants in Western Europe or Turkey's relations with the EU, but not for Turkish when the principal focus of research or study is within Turkey.  Similarly, the Center does accept applications for Spanish which propose to study Spain, but not when the principal focus of research or study is Latin America. 

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African Studies Program
University of Washington
326 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195

Joel Ngugi / Chair
Associate Professor, School of Law

Mary Kay Gugerty/Adjunct Director
Associate Professor, Evans School of Public Affairs

Erin Murphy/Program Assistant
Autumn Quarter Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 9-12, or by appt.
206.616.0998 office
206.685.0668 fax

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