FLAS fellowships are designed to support graduate and undergraduate students who are studying Southeast Asian languages and area studies courses at Intermediate level or higher. Languages for academic year fellowships are Filipino, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai or Vietnamese. In summer, additional SEA languages are eligible. Fellowships are always contingent upon receipt of funds from the U.S. Department of Education.

The U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship program supports training in modern foreign languages and related area studies.  New and continuing graduate students in all disciplines may apply for academic year and summer awards for Intermediate or Advanced levels of language study.  Beginning level of a language may be undertaken by graduate students if the student already is at advanced level in a second Southeast Asian language.  Undergraduates already enrolled at UCLA who will be in student status for the duration of the fellowship, may also apply for both awards but only for Intermediate and Advanced levels of language study.  Currently approved SEA languages for FLAS study are Indonesian, Filipino/Tagalog, Khmer, Thai and Vietnamese. (Intermediate Khmer is not taught at UCLA but can be available via distance learning from UC Berkeley during the academic year.)  Students must also agree to submit quarterly reports on their progress, submit before and after language assessments to the U.S. Department of Education, submit to a before and after oral proficiency examination by a designated instructor, and report to the U.S. Department of Education every two years for eight years after graduation on the recipient’s occupation and the extent to which the FLAS language is being used.

Selection for the award is based on the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents.
  • Academic performance and potential as evidenced by academic transcript, letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose.
  • The extent to which overall course of study focuses on Southeast Asia.
  • The level of planned language study. More advanced levels are preferred. FLAS awards are not intended for native speakers of the target language.  Native speakers are defined as students who have previously done college-level work in the target language.
  • Past awardees may reapply.

These grants may be combined with supplementary funding from UCLA and/or other funding agencies. However in cases of parallel large grants, recipients will have to decide which grant to accept and pairing will not be allowed. Grantees are required to inform the Center of any awards received during the FLAS fellowship period.

Spring 2018 fellowships are awarded for just the spring quarter and provide a $5000 stipend for graduate students and $2500 for undergraduates. Spring 2018 quarter tuition and fees are paid in full for graduate and $2500 for undergraduate students. The Spring 2018 fellowship requires that students take Southeast Asia language and area studies courses for a letter grade if in residence at UCLA. Independent Studies are allowed with specific permission.

Summer 2018 fellowships are for intensive language programs only. They provide a stipend of $2,500 plus tuition and fees to a maximum of $5,000, and (optional) up to $1,000 for travel. FLAS funds may be used for intensive summer language study at UCLA or elsewhere. A letter grade is also required. Non-language programs are not eligible for summer FLAS funding, nor is dissertation research. In order to qualify for funding, the summer intensive language program must last at least 6 weeks and provide at least 140 contact hours for beginning and intermediate level courses, or 120 contact hours for advanced level coursework.

UCLA students applying to the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) http://seassi.wisc.edu/ who desire FLAS funding should apply for FLAS through the UCLA Summer 2018 FLAS application rather than through the SEASSI website. However, SEASSI applicants should simultaneously apply for other funding as well as for admission directly to SEASSI. Qualified applicants should apply for all possible scholarships to maximize opportunities.

Academic year 2018-2019 fellowships (contingent upon the availability of funding) are awarded for nine months and provide a total stipend of $15,000 for graduate students and $5,000 for undergraduates.  Academic Year tuition and fees are paid up to $18,000 for graduate students and $10,000 for undergraduates.  The Academic Year fellowship requires that students take Southeast Asia language and area studies courses for a letter grade during the entire year if in residence at UCLA.  Independent Studies are allowed with specific permission.  It is expected that AY fellowships will be used at UCLA unless specific approval is given.  AY awards may be used for dissertation research for students at the advanced level of language proficiency, but this must be approved in advance.

Since the purpose of the FLAS program is to enrich the nation’s pool of area and international specialists, applicants must be planning to use their training to teach, to serve in government or international agencies, or to engage in other work that advances American understanding of other countries. Fellowship recipients must be engaged in full-time study for the duration of their awards.  All requested information on the application should indicate student status as of the proposed fellowship period.

All FLAS applications must be submitted online.

Required information includes:

  • a statement of purpose of one or two pages outlining the student’s primary research interest and explaining how language study will enhance the project
  • 2 academic letters of recommendation, 1 letter of recommendation for spring 2018 fellowships
  • 1 language evaluation (if needed) -- These can be from a UCLA language instructor or another qualified instructor.  If requesting an evaluation from a UCLA instructor, please follow these instructions.
  •  unofficial university transcripts
  • resume or CV
  • for summer funding, a budget will be required along with information about the language program if not at UCLA

Applications may be submitted for all three competitions, Spring 2018, Summer 2018 and Academic Year 2018-2019, but separate applications including submitting duplicate letters of recommendation are required. Please review the FLAS Frequently Asked Questions. The deadline for submitting a FLAS fellowship application to UCLA is February 21, 2018.


Click here for Spring 2018 FLAS Application

Click here for Summer 2018 FLAS Application

Click here for Academic Year 2018-2019 FLAS Application


For more info please contact:
Nguyet Tong

Published: Wednesday, November 01, 2017