Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

Applications for the Summer 2014 and AY 2014-15 FLAS are due on Monday, February 17 at noon.

Program Description:

FLAS fellowships administered by the Center for Asian Studies (CAS) are awarded competitively to students studying modern Asian languages. The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) funds and oversees these awards, under the provisions of Title VI of the Higher Education Act. Funding is contingent upon annual USDE program approval, Federal regulations, and continued Congressional funding, all of which may change from year to year. FLAS awards cannot be deferred.

Program Eligibility:

A student is eligible to receive a fellowship or scholarship if he or she:

  • Is a graduate student;
  • Is a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States;
  • Will be enrolled in a formal Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Japanese or Korean language course during the period of the fellowship. Native speakers of the language to be studied are not eligible;
  • For summer scholarships, study of Tibetan and Asian languages other than those listed above may be possible pending approval;
  • Will pursue full-time study in accordance with CU requirements.

Selection Priorities and Criteria

In reviewing applications, the selection committee will give consideration to the following criteria (not inclusive and not necessarily in this order):

  • Fellows will be selected on the basis of previous academic achievement, language ability, strength of recommendations, commitment to apply language and area studies in future career, promise of high academic or professional achievement, and the significance of the proposed course of study to the academic or professional world.
  • Candidates with at least intermediate competence in the Asian language will be given priority; native speakers of the target language will be excluded.
  • Priority will be assigned to applicants who choose to study one of the least-commonly-taught languages: Arabic, Farsi, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, and Tibetan.
  • Priority will also be given to students preparing for a career in government service or the professions, those who include teacher training and outreach activities among their proposed programs or future goals, and those from diverse backgrounds.
  • FLAS fellows must complete a Student Performance Report at the end of the fellowship. Failure to submit this report precludes future participation in the program.

Award Benefits:

Academic Year FLAS Fellowship

  • Tuition: FLAS will cover up to $18,000 of tuition and fees ($9,000/semester).
  • Stipend: FLAS will provide a stipend of $15,000 ($7,500/semester).

2014 Summer FLAS Scholarship

  • Tuition: FLAS will cover up to $5,000 of tuition and fees.
  • Stipend: FLAS will provide a stipend of $2,500.

Application Materials:

The application for Summer 2014 and *AY 2014-15 can be found here.

*Please note that the AY 2014-15 fellowship is contingent on receipt of funds from the U.S. Department of Education

FLAS informational powerpoint can be found here

List of possible summer language programs can be found here

In addition to the application form, the following materials will need to be submitted to CAS:

  • Statement of Purpose (2-3 pages double spaced, single sided)
  • Brief CV
  • Three Academic Letters of Recommendation
  • Copy of Your Application to the University of Colorado Graduate School, Law School, Business School, Journalism School, etc. (incoming students only)
  • Transcripts of all College-Level Work
  • GRE (or GMAT,LSAT, etc.) Score Report Form(s)
  • Program Brochure (for summer FLAS applications at programs outside of CU-Boulder
  • Letter from your department nominating you as a FLAS applicant (incoming students only)

Complete all forms and collect all supporting documents and send to the Center for Asian Studies at 366 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0366. Contact Joanne Sakaguchi by e-mail ( or telephone (303-735-6052) with any questions.