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FLAS Fellowships


The African Studies Center offers Academic Year Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Graduate students, and Summer FLAS Fellowships for both Graduate and Undergraduate students. Applications for the 2019-2020 Academic Year, and Summer 2019 will be due February 8, 2019. The priority languages for the ASC will be Arabic, Lingala, Kiswahili, and Wolof.

If you are interested in other languages from other parts of the world, please view the Area Studies Centers FLAS Page for information on which Center to contact.

FLAS is a Department of Education program which offers fellowships to meritorious graduate and undergraduate students in all disciplines and professional schools. Each fellowship includes an institutional payment (tuition and fees) and a subsistence allowance (stipend). This grant cycle, the ASC is able to award academic year fellowships only to graduate students. Summer fellowships can be awarded to both graduate and undergraduate students.

The estimated institutional payment for an academic year 2019-2020 fellowship is $18,000. The estimated institutional payment for a summer 2019 fellowship is $5,000. The subsistence allowance (stipend) for an academic year 2019-2020 fellowship is $15,000. The subsistence allowance for a summer 2019 fellowship is $2,500.

The Fellowship supports language study in less commonly taught languages and related area studies. A FLAS Fellow is required to take one language course and one area studies course each semester during the academic year, if receiving an academic year fellowship. If receiving a summer fellowship, the student must be enrolled in an intensive language program. Specific requirements apply for the summer language program so please read the FLAS FAQ on this page and contact the FLAS coordinator for more information.

Undergraduate applications are accepted for Summer study only, and for Intermediate (2nd year) and Advanced (3rd year and beyond) levels only, not for 1st year of language study. Graduate applications accepted for all levels, however FLAS requirements specify that graduate students at the beginning level (1st year) of language study must speak another language of the region to proficiency. Some exceptions apply- please see the FLAS coordinator for more information.

It is recommended that students interested in applying for a FLAS fellowship attend an Info Session. Fall 2018 session dates are:

  • October 25, 4pm | FedEx Global Education Center, Room 3009
  • November 2, 12:15pm | UNC School of Social Work, Room 227
  • November 7, 4pm | FedEx Global Education Center, Room 3009
  • November 13, 11am | FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1009
For more info, please read the FLAS FAQ or Contact: Stacey Sewall, sewall@email.unc.edu

**Note: Applications will now be submitted online using an application form shared by all the Area Studies Centers. The FLAS Application link below will lead to the online application form. This link will become active with the new application later in the fall semester.

Download Language Evaluation Form
FLAS Application
Download FAQ
List of summer programs for Arabic, Swahili, and Wolof

For more information on FLAS, please see the Department of Education FLAS Brochure