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Summer Intensive Language Fellowships

General Information Application Requirements Application Form African Language Programs in the U.S. and in Africa

General Information for Summer 2016

Summer 2014 FLAS Application Deadline: February 5, 2016

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships are also available for summer intensive language study both for undergraduate and graduate students and for study both in domestic or international setting. To get information on what is entailed for a school, agency or institution that teaches African languages to be acceptable to the U.S. Department of Education requirements, send an e-mail to Ann Biersteker, All summer FLAS fellowships, whether hosted by U.S. institutions or overseas ones must be approved by the U.S. Department of Education through its Title VI program.


  1. Applicants must be U. S. citizens or permanent residents.

  2. Both undergraduate and graduate students may apply for FLAS fellowship. However, undergraduate students can only be awarded FLAS fellowship if they will be studying their language at the Intermediate or Advanced proficiency level during the fellowship period. This requirement does not apply to graduating undergraduate students (i.e., those students who, by the time their fellowship starts, will be enrolled in/admitted to graduate school and can show proof of it; they are considered graduate students for purposes of the fellowship).

  3. In order to be eligible for FLAS fellowship, students who apply must be willing to comply with the U.S. Department of Education requirements including to be part of a FLAS fellows group surveyed every other year for a period of eight years regarding their career tracks; therefore, FLAS fellows must inform the African Studies Center immediately whenever changes occur in their e-mail addresses.

  4. Applicants will be favored who (a) have clear promise of completing their academic program with concentration in African language and area studies, (b) plan to utilize their training for research in Africa, and (c) have excellent academic records as evidenced by course grades, recommendations, and other information. Please note also that evaluations or rankings for FLAS fellowships made by the department where applicants are or will be pursuing their undergraduate or graduate work will be taken into consideration when FLAS award are ultimately decided by a campus-wide committee.

  5. Applicants must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( form to the MSU Office of Financial Aid ( and sign and submit a Release of information Authorization form.

Application Procedure

Visit the Application Requirements Webpage.

Application Deadline

Applications must meet the deadline specified above. It is your responsibility to make sure all required documents have been received by the African Studies Center.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Ann Biersteker, Assistant Director,
427 N Shaw Lane, Room 100, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035
(517) 353-1700,