FLAS Fellowships

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Program is the flagship funding source for the study of South Asian languages and area studies at the University of Washington.


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FLAS has enabled me to expand my language skills in order to discuss current issues and topics that are interesting to me, from cybersecurity to environmental issues. It has also opened up a world of literature, poetry, documentaries, and art that I am excited to continue exploring.

Yogasai Gazula, B.A. International Studies (2021), South Asia FLAS Fellow in Sanskrit (2019-20) and Hindi (Summer 2020 and 2020-21)

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,$3,500 living stipend

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

Application Deadline: January 31, 2024


Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Persian

FLAS Information

Academic Year Fellowships support language study and area studies coursework at the University of Washington. The South Asia Center strongly recommends fellows take the following courses when they are offered in order to satisfy the area studies requirement: JSIS A 508, JSIS A 509, JSIS 511. For more examples of South Asia area course offerings, visit the South Asia Center Courses page. (Note: an “area studies” course is one which is directly focused on your world region, or a course in which 25% or more of the content is focused on the world region. The South Asia Center and Fellowships Manager will work with fellows to determine course eligibility.)

Summer Fellowships support intensive summer language study only (no area studies coursework required). Fellows typically attend summer language programs at the South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) in Madison, Wisconsin, or one of the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) centers in India, or another approved program. Students should apply to their summer programs as soon as possible. Many programs have deadlines that are earlier than the UW FLAS application deadline.

Other South Asian languages: In rare circumstances, students may be awarded to study other South Asian languages. Please note that the South Asia Center reviews each of these requests and will make a determination on whether a student may apply for another language on a case-by-case basis. All academic year and summer fellowships in other South Asian languages must be approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

Other funding opportunities: For information about the Frank F. Conlon Fellowship, the Indian American Community Services Scholarship, and other South Asia Studies opportunities, consult the South Asia Center student funding page.