FLAS Fellowships

 The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship competition for Academic Year 2022-23 and Summer 2022 is now closed. The Academic Year 2023-24 and Summer 2023 competitions will open November 1, 2022!

Remember to file your 2023-24 FAFSA! Federal regulations stipulate that eligible applicants who demonstrate financial aid receive priority. The 2023-24 FAFSA becomes available October 1, 2022.

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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, $20,000 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?