Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

Information and Application

Study a language & bring Canada into your research with a $38,000 award!

Apply for a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship


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Are you interested in learning French or an Indigenous language spoken in Canada and conducting research on the Arctic, Québec, natural resource management, climate change, human rights, urban planning, fisheries, law, humanities, public health, Indigenous political mobilization (to mention a few) while earning up to $38,000???

If so, you can apply for a FLAS fellowship for the summer, academic year or both:

  • Summer FLAS = $5,000 tuition + $2,500 living stipend (intensive language study only)
  • Academic year FLAS, $18,000 tuition + $20,000 living stipend (3 credits per quarter minimum)

You may apply for one of the following languages

  1. French – summer 2022 or 2022-23 academic year; 2nd year level or above (you cannot be fluent)
  2. Inuktitut* (the Inuit language) – 2022-23 academic year only, introductory level, 3 credits per quarter
  3. Nuu-chah-nulth* (Vancouver Island) – summer 2022 introductory level only, 2nd year level in 2022-23
  4. Any language* spoken in Canada with prior approval (discuss before filling out an application)


FLAS Fellowships support graduate and professional students in acquiring a foreign language and an enhanced knowledge about Canada. Students from all programs and departments are encouraged to apply. FLAS Fellowships are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Out-of-state graduate students receive a non-resident tuition waiver. Applicants must articulate a clear interest in integrating Canadian content into their research.


  • To begin the application, click here.
  • To learn more about the FLAS program in general, click here.
  • To see what other Canada FLAS Fellows have done – click here!
  • For questions join one of the two info sessions above or contact Nadine Fabbi at

*To be eligible for study of an Indigenous language, the applicant must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have taken first year in the language;
  • Have fluency in another foreign language;
  • Articulate (in the letter of intent) a commitment and dedication to gaining proficiency in the language for which the applicant is applying.