FLAS Fellowships

The FLAS Fellowship competition for the Academic Year 2021-22 is closed. Please check back next year.

For questions or more information, contact Tamara Leonard ( or Dana O’Leary (

What is a FLAS Fellowship?

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship provides undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students with financial support to develop fluency in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) and expertise in the regions in which these languages are spoken. Every year the Center for Global Studies awards between 12-15 fellowships to UW students.

Based on funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the six National Resource Centers of the University of Washington will offer Academic Year and Summer FLAS Fellowships in the following languages:

Arabic –Bangla –Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian – Burmese –Chinese –Hebrew –Hindi –Indigenous languages spoken in Canada –Indonesian/Malaysian –Inuktitut –Japanese –Kazakh –Khmer –Korean –Persian –Portuguese –Russian – Swahili –Tagalog –Thai – Turkish – Urdu – Uyghur – Vietnamese

Graduate Students Only: French (intermediate or advanced only)


The FLAS Fellowship is available to current and incoming UW students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  It is available to students who will study one of the listed foreign languages at the intermediate or advanced level while receiving the fellowship.  More on eligibility.

FLAS Fellows receive:

  • Academic Year Graduate: $18,000 tuition, $15,000 living stipend
  • Academic Year Undergraduate: $10,000 tuition,$5,000 living stipend
  • Summer Graduate/Undergraduate: $5,000 tuition,$2,500 living stipend

Applicants should carefully read all FLAS guidelines, including Center-specific guidelines, before applying.  If you have any questions, contact

Explore further:

How do I apply for a FLAS? (for undergraduate students)

How do I apply for a FLAS? (for graduate students)

Where will a FLAS take you?