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Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59 pm, Friday, January 30, 2015


November 19, 1pm-2pm, School of Journalism (Carroll Hall), Halls of Fame Room (first floor)
November 20, 11:30am-12:50pm, School of Education (Peabody), Room 204

Please review this table which summarizes the languages supported by UNC Area Studies Centers to ensure that you are applying to the appropriate Center.



FLAS fellowships fund the study of Less Commonly Taught Languages and area studies coursework. This program provides academic year and summer fellowships to assist graduate students and advanced undergraduates in foreign language and area studies. The goals of the fellowship program include: (1) to assist in the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area/international studies; (2) to stimulate the attainment of foreign language acquisition and fluency; and (3) to develop a pool of international experts to meet national needs. There are two types of FLAS grants offered by CGI:

  1. Summer intensive language study. Grants provide ~$2,500 in stipend and full tuition (up to $5,000) for approved intensive summer language courses in the US or abroad.
  2. An academic year course of study that includes both language and area studies courses. Academic year grants for GRADUATE students provide ~ $15,000 in stipend plus full tuition and fees. Academic year grants for UNDERGRADUATE students provide $5000 in stipend plus $10,000 in tuition and fees.


  • Status as a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • At the graduate level, students must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a program of graduate or professional study.  Graduate students may implement FLAS at any language level.
  • At the undergraduate level, only students in the intermediate or advanced study of a less commonly taught language are eligible.


  • Applications for Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi/Urdu, Polish, and Russian or other less commonly taught languages not supported by other UNC Area Study Centers
  • We assign lowest priority to the selection of fellows who already possess language fluency equivalent to educated native speakers

Application instructions

1.  APPLICATION FORM (available in early Dev)

You will be required to submit the following materials:

  • FLAS essay

    Your essay/statement of purpose should describe how the proposed language study fits in with your overall course of study, career goals, and academic research interests.  Academic year applicants should limit their essays to 1000 words.  Summer applicants should limit their essays to 500 words.  Applicants to both academic year and summer should combine their essay and limit it to 1500 words.
  • Recommendations

    You must identify two people to complete a short questionnaire regarding your interest in and commitment to your proposed language.  This questionnaires will be a part of the online application.
  • FLAS Language Evaluation Form

    This form should be completed by a faculty member or language instructor and uploaded into the online application.  You may use your current instructor or contact either the Asian Studies Department or the Department of Germanic  and Slavic Languages and Literature to make an appointment with a staff member.
  • Curriculum Vita or Resume
  • Transcripts

    Unofficial UNC transcripts, those printed from Connect Carolina are accepted. Unofficial copies of transcripts from other institutions are accepted.  Graduate Students should include undergraduate transcripts.

Contact Information 

Beth-Ann Kutchma
Senior Program Officer
FLAS & Fulbright-Hays Project Coordinator
Center for Global Initiatives

FLAS FAQ-Please review before applying.


Q1.  On the application form, what do I put as a project title?

A1.  For an Academic Year FLAS it can be a simple "Academic Year FLAS in Language at UNC".  For summer, here's an example:
Summer FLAS for Chinese at Tsinghua University

Q2. What kind of info should be included in the project summary?

It can be as simple as these two examples.

Paul will implement an academic year FLAS for the study of Chinese at UNC. Paul is interested in Confucian philosophy and the regional differences in language and culture in China.

Elizabeth will study Chinese at the advanced level at the Inter-University for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Elizabeth’s
studies focus on bioarchaeology, the study of human remains from the past. Researchers in bioarchaeology investigate questions of demographic change, diet, and disease in human history and prehistory.

Q3.  What do I enter as my project dates?

For summer FLAS, enter the dates of your proposed summer program.  For AY FLAS, enter the Fall semester start date  and the Spring semester end date.

Q4.  I am a student from another university; am I eligible to apply for a FLAS fellowship through your program?

Possibly. You are eligible if you are applying to study a language through a program hosted by UNC. Occasionally, we also have leftover funds that we can offer to students from other FLAS granting institutions who enroll in language study outside of UNC. Language programs must meet all FLAS requirements.

Q5.  If my FLAS-supported program is not a UNC pre-approved program, how do I apply for credit to be transferred to UNC?

If you wish to transfer academic credit from a FLAS-supported program that is delivered outside of the USA back to UNC-CH, FLAS applicants should be aware that they are additionally required to submit an application to the Study Abroad Office (http://studyabroad.unc.edu).  Students must complete their study abroad applications by the regular, published application deadlines, even if they have not yet been informed of the outcome of the FLAS applications.  The study abroad application deadline for summer programs is typically in mid-February. 

The Study Abroad Office has approved more than 300 programs in more than 70 countries for the award of UNC-Chapel Hill academic credit.  However, not all programs for which FLAS awards are made are pre-approved. In the latter case, the Study Abroad Office administers a process whereby students may seek to petition for the transfer of academic credit:



If a FLAS applicant wishes to transfer academic credit for a FLAS-supported language program delivered outside the USA, they are advised to review the list of approved study abroad programs on the Study Abroad Office website and to consult with the study abroad advisor for the country in which their overseas program is delivered. A list of staff working in the Study Abroad Office can be consulted at:


In the event that a student is applying for a FLAS award for a program that is not already approved for the award of UNC-Chapel Hill credit, the student should submit a petition in accordance with the procedure and deadlines described at the links above.

Any questions about these arrangements and procedures should be sent to Becky Gunter (Director of Advising): becky.gunter@unc.edu.

While we highly recommend that students enroll through UNC Study Abroad for language programs, if transfer of academic credit is not necessary, then students are encouraged to contact CGI's FLAS Coordinator for additional information. Contact Beth-Ann Kutchma at bkutchma@email.unc.edu.


CGI aims to significantly increase the number of traditionally underrepresented students who have access to and benefit from global opportunities. As such, we actively encourage applications from these populations.