Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships are funded by the Department of Education and support undergraduate and graduate students studying less commonly taught languages and cultures, particularly those of critical interest to the United States. FLAS fellowships help fund students who intend to make their careers in college or university teaching, government service, international business, global health, or other employment where knowledge of foreign languages and cultures is a prerequisite for success.
FLAS fellowships are among the most prestigious national language awards. Our FLAS Fellow alumni have gone on to distinguish themselves in professional fields and academics, holding positions with entities such as Harvard University, US Department of State, the Foreign Service, Georgetown University, United Nations, UN Economic Commission for Africa, World Bank, Yale University, USAID, African Center for Media excellence, the CDC, Center for Applied Second Languages, and leading Title VI National Resource Centers on Africa. Additionally, other FLAS fellows use their language skills in their positions in international business and finance, US-based refugee organizations, global and community health organizations, and non-profits.