The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship competition is open to graduate students who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents who are enrolled in or applying to a full-time program that combines modern foreign language training with international or area studies.
Two types of FLAS Fellowships are available at the University of Chicago: Summer Fellowships & Academic Year Fellowships.
Awards are dependent on Congressional budgetary approval and formal funding notification from the U.S. Department of Education.
ACADEMIC YEAR FLAS
- Students must be enrolled in the language of award each quarter and earn a grade of B or better;
- Students must combine language study with area studies, international studies, or the international aspects of professional study for at least one course per quarter in which they hold a FLAS;
- Award duration is for nine months, beginning in the Autumn Quarter.
- Students must enroll in a program of intensive study for at least 6 weeks, which offers a minimum of 140 contact hours of instruction at the beginning or intermediate level, and 120 contact hours of instruction at the advanced level;
- Students can study either in the U.S. or abroad, with two exceptions
- Beginning level students cannot study abroad unless instruction is not available in the U.S.
- Incoming PhD and MA students and current students in one-year MA programs are not eligible to participate in summer overseas programs and may only propose summer FLAS for FLAS-eligible coursework at the University of Chicago Summer Language Institute.
- For programs abroad, students must receive approval for the language program and for travel on an American carrier;
- For summer study in the U.S., students can apply for FLAS fellowships from any institution offering FLAS summer fellowships; (Exception: Incoming PhD and MA students and current students in one-year MA programs may only propose coursework at the University of Chicago.)
- Students who want to study on campus for the summer should look at the University of Chicago’s Summer Language Institute‘s FLAS-eligible offerings and those wanting to study Chinese should consider the University’s Chicago in Beijing program.
ACADEMIC YEAR FLAS
For doctoral students in the Divinity School, Humanities Division, and Social Sciences Division who receive the Graduate Aid Initiative (GAI) funding package: While holding an academic year FLAS fellowship, PhD students receive a $3,000 stipend supplement to their Graduate Aid Initiative (GAI) funding package and, in addition, aid will be provided to cover the quarterly Student Life Fee. (DIV, HUM, and SSD students who are not funded through the Graduate Aid Initiative, as well as all doctoral students in other academic divisions and professional schools, should consult with their Dean of Students office regarding FLAS award packages.)
Master’s students receive a $15,000 stipend, full tuition, and other benefits depending on division (check with your Dean of Students office).
Awards offer a stipend of $2,500 and tuition of up to $5,000.
Additional languages in the funded world areas may be approved on a case-by-case basis. Commonly-taught languages (German, Spanish, French) are not funded by FLAS.
FLAS is offered for the intermediate or advanced level of language study. Applications for beginning levels of language will not be considered unless the applicant makes contact with the appropriate Area Center prior to the deadline. See contacts below.
- East Asia: Chinese, Japanese, Korean
- East Europe: Armenian, Bosnian / Croatian / Serbian (BCS), Kazakh, Polish, Russian, Turkish, Uzbek
- Middle East: Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, Uzbek
All Academic Year and Summer FLAS applicants must:
- Be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the U.S.;
- Not be beyond the fifth year of graduate study in a department or professional school while holding the award;
- Be in a program that combines modern foreign language training with area or international studies or research and training in the international aspects of professional and other fields of study;
- Show high potential for academic achievement;
- Complete a Performance Report at the end of the fellowship as required by the U.S. Department of Education;
- Be subject to University regulations and Dean of Students’ approval concerning part-time employment.
Incoming students additionally have specific eligibility requirements (beginning with 2019 application):
- Incoming PhD and incoming MA students in the Humanities Division, Social Sciences Division, and Divinity School will be eligible to apply for a Summer FLAS award for FLAS-eligible coursework at the University of Chicago Summer Language Institute.*
- For applicants to the Humanities and Social Science Divisions: Only students applying to PhD programs may apply for an Academic Year FLAS fellowship. Students applying to Master’s degree programs cannot hold an Academic Year FLAS fellowship in the first year of their programs.
*Note: For incoming Masters students applying for Summer FLAS awards, the summer language course will not count towards the Masters program requirements.
Current students in one-year Master’s programs additionally have specific eligibility requirements (beginning with 2019 application):
- For current students in one-year MA programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions: Students who do not complete the MA program in one academic year and continue to work on their thesis in the following Summer and Autumn quarters may be eligible to apply for a Summer FLAS award for FLAS-eligible coursework at the University of Chicago Summer Language Institute. Applicants must be proposing to study a language relevant to the MA thesis and must have also studied the language in the summer prior to the MA program or during the academic year of the program. Interested students in one-year MA programs must contact their Dean of Students Office to verify their eligibility prior to applying.
Awards are made on the basis of academic merit and other criteria set by each Center and the U.S. Department of Education. According to guidelines set in 2015 by the U.S. Department of Education, the University will give priority when awarding fellowships to students who demonstrate financial need as indicated by the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). NOTE: Financial need is a selection criteria, NOT an eligibility requirement.
2019 Application Deadlines:
- Current graduate students: Monday, February 11, 2019 at 11:59pm CST
- Incoming University of Chicago graduate students: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM CST
By the deadline, applicants must submit the following materials via the online application system:
- Completed Application form*
- Statement of purpose (500-words maximum)
- One academic letter of recommendation**
- One language evaluation/recommendation***
* current students in one-year MA programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences (including MAPH, MAPSS, and International Relations) MUST see their Dean of Students Office to inquire about eligibility before beginning a Summer FLAS application.
** incoming students do not need an academic recommendation
** incoming students only need a language recommendation if their University of Chicago admissions references did not include a language instructor.
For more information, contact the appropriate Area Center (listed below), your Dean of Students Office, or UChicagoGRAD (Sara Mehta, Assistant Director of Fellowships, at firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Center for East Asian Studies: Abbey Newman (email@example.com; 773.834.4739)
- Center for Eastern European and Russian/Eurasian Studies: Esther Peters (firstname.lastname@example.org; 773.702.0866)
- Center for Middle Eastern Studies: Tom Maguire (email@example.com; 773.702.8296)
Note: UChicago students planning research or study abroad should review the resources provided in the the UChicago Travel Toolkit and register in UChicagoTraveler to be enrolled in UChicago’s International Travel Emergency Assistance Program.