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Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS)

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are awarded to students enrolled in a program that combines the study of a modern foreign language with advanced training in international development studies or in the international development aspects of professional or other fields of study.

The deadline for FLAS applications has been extended to February 14, 2019.

Fellowships for graduate and undergraduate studies in African languages and area studies are available through the African Studies Center, provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. They are designed for students who plan to utilize a modern foreign language in their future careers, which could include teaching in secondary or higher education in the U.S., serving the U.S. government, working for an international organization, or working for a private organization which contributes to international understanding.

FLAS Fellowships award Academic year undergraduates with $10,000 toward tuition and fees and a stipend of $5,000; Academic year graduates with $18,000 toward tuition and fees and $15,000 in stipends. Summer FLAS recipients receive $5,000 in tuition and a $2,500 stipend. 

Who May Apply

FLAS Fellows must be full time students in an undergraduate or graduate studies program and propose a course of study that includes both language training and related area course work each fall and spring semester.

See the FLAS Eligibility Requirements page for detailed eligibility requirements.

Terms and Conditions

Once a student is awarded a FLAS Fellowship, there are conditions that must be met to fulfill the requirements of the award. See the FLAS Terms and Conditions page for more information.

African Studies Center FLAS fellowships are made possible by a grant under Title VI of the Higher Education Act from the U.S. Department of Education.



Are you a citizen of the United States? *
Are you a legal permanent resident?
Do you qualify for in-state tuition? *
Are you an MSU student? *
Language level During Fellowship *
If applying for more than one fellowship please complete the following.
Have you applied for any other fellowships or assistantships during the award period? *
Statement of Purpose
Academic year fellowship applicants – please provide the requested information for the fall and spring semesters. Indicate your proposed course of study for the fellowship year, including language courses and core courses. Note: candidates newly entering MSU should indicate a preliminary plan of study subject to approval by MSU adviser or graduate committee. For a list of Africa-Related Courses at MSU per semester, visit - For a list of MSU Academic Programs, visit - For Course Descriptions, visit -
Supporting Documentation
Letters of Reference Two letters of reference are required from individuals familiar with your academic work; at least one of whom should be in your major field of study. A second letter of recommendation is required from your language instructor if you have taken a formal African Language course within the last two academic years; otherwise a recommendation letter on your language training is not necessary. These letters should be emailed by the recommenders to flasasc(at) or mailed to the African Studies Center, 427 N. Shaw Lane, Room 100 International Center, East Lansing, MI 48824.
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