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Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, January 29, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST
The application period is now CLOSED.

Interested in FLAS@UNC? 


Five different Area Study Centers at UNC administer FLAS fellowships supporting many less commonly taught languages.  It is important that applicants review the appropriate FAQs provided by the Area Studies Center that supports the applicant's language of application.

Got questions about FLAS fellowships offered by CGI? 

Please review CGI's FAQ.

For all other questions, contact Beth-Ann Kutchma, CGI FLAS Coordinator, at bkutchma@email.unc.edu.


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 up to $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 Arabic, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Hindi-Urdu, Polish, and Russian will be prioritized for funding.  Applicants may submit other less commonly taught languages not supported by other UNC Area Study Centers for funding consideration, especially for summer FLAS awards.
  • We assign lowest priority to the selection of fellows who already possess language fluency equivalent to educated native speakers

Application Instructions

All applicants for FLAS@UNC should follow the common application instructions here.  Please also review this FAQ which applies specifically to applicants applying for languages supported by CGI (Arabic, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Hindi-Urdu, Polish, and Russian). 

***All other applicants should review Center specific application instructions available here

Application materials are submitted via the FLAS@UNC online system.

Required materials include:

1. Demographic and contact information

2.  Statement of Purpose

Your statement should describe how the proposed language study fits in with your overall course of study, career goals and/or 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.

3.  Recommendation Forms

Two recommendation forms are required.  Letters of recommendation are not accepted in lieu of the form.

4. CV/Resume

5.  Language Evaluation Form

Contact Information 

Iyman Gaspard
FLAS Coordinator & Fulbright-Hays Program Director
919.843.6842 tel



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.