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Impacting the world through Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

September 11, 2022

The National Resource Centers housed at the Jackson School offer the opportunity for UW students across all three campuses to apply for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. FLAS funding allows for the study modern foreign languages in less commonly taught languages of national priority and area or international studies competencies.

Nathanael Mark

Photo courtesy of Nathanael Mark

“FLAS has been an indispensable component of my collegiate career for two main reasons: It has given me the tools and resources to enrich myself in the Persian language, allowing me to work intimately with Afghan sources in their language of origin, and surrounded me with like-minded individuals dedicated to language and academic study, fostering a productive and collaborative work environment,” said Nathanael Mark, a Jackson School master’s degree student in South Asia Studies and South Asia Center Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow in Persian (Academic Years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023).

University of Washington FLAS Program Statistics 2021-2022:

FLAS grants in were awarded to all six National Resource Centers in the Jackson School:

  • Canadian Studies Center
  • Center for Global Studies
  • East Asia Center
  • Middle East Center
  • South Asia Center
  • Southeast Asia Center

UW ranked #3 in the country for the number of FLAS grants awarded (6).

A total of 83 FLAS fellowships were awarded at the UW in the 2021-2022 academic year, including summer 2022. This represents just over $1.8 million in funds.

Students who received a fellowship represented 12 schools and colleges, namely:

  • College of Arts and Sciences (14 departments)
  • College of Education
  • College of the Environment
  • Evans School of Public Policy and Governance
  • Graduate School Interdisciplinary Programs
  • Michael G. Foster School of Business
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Law
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Social Work
  • The Information School

A total of 19 languages were awarded FLAS Fellowships in 2021-2022:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Haida
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Inuktitut
  • Japanese
  • Khmer
  • Korean
  • Nuu-chah-nulth
  • Persian
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Thai
  • Tsek-ene
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese