FLAS Funding

FLAS fellowships are open to graduate and undergraduate students who wish to learn an African language, however undergraduates must demonstrate a commitment to African Studies by enrolling in one of the African Studies minors or its certificate program. Approved language courses include:

  • Akan/Twi
  • Arabic (focusing on Arabic-speaking African regions)
  • Bamana
  • Kinyarwanda
  • Swahili/Kiswahili
  • Wolof
  • Yoruba
  • Zulu/IsiZulu
Application process

Hamilton Lugar centers are now accepting applications for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for Summer 2019 and Academic Year 2019-20. The availability of funding for FLAS is not guaranteed and is contingent upon confirmation of federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education (DoE) for all FLAS centers. FLAS awards may be cancelled if the announcement of funding is sufficiently delayed.

If the centers have not received confirmation of funding, center staff and faculty will not be allowed to communicate with applicants about the status or rank of their application by any means, including but not limited to email, phone, or in-person communication. We thus ask you to not contact the centers about the competition results and status of your application.

Award amounts

FLAS fellowships include generous stipend and tuition awards for graduate and undergraduate students. Graduates who receive a FLAS fellowship will receive a $15,000 academic year stipend, a tuition award of at least $18,000 (max 12 credit hours per semester), plus enrollment in the graduate student health insurance plan.

The deadline for 2020-21 FLAS applications will be announced in the fall of 2019.

FLAS eligibility

Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply for FLAS fellowships.

Graduate eligibility includes:

  • Approval by the IU African Studies Program FLAS Center if applying for intermediate or advanced study of African languages.

Students are only eligible for level 1 language study if:

  • A student has reached advanced level proficiency in a language spoken in Africa and needs the second language to conduct their research or complete their program of study.
  • They can demonstrate academic excellence and a need for elementary level study. In both of these cases DoE program officer approval is required.
FLAS FAQs

Yes. According to U.S. Department of Education guidelines, students enrolled at institutions that do not have an allocation of FLAS fellowships may only apply for programs offered by FLAS granting institutions. This rule pertains to U.S. based and overseas programs.

It means that your area focus should be the African continent, not any other world area or program of study where knowledge of Arabic is important.

Yes. If you have applied for a FLAS award from African Studies in a previous year, please contact Marilyn Estep (estepm@indiana.edu) with a detailed list of the documents that you would like us to use for your current application. This list may include academic transcripts and letters of recommendation from other institutions. If you enrolled at IU since you submitted your previous application, you should also submit the most recent IU transcript and at least one recommendation from an IU professor. We encourage you not to use more than one old recommendation.

No. In the case of IU transcripts only, we will accept a print-out generated by you through One.IU that includes your past record and courses in which you are currently enrolled.

Yes, we will accept copies of your official transcripts if they come to us directly from another IU department. However, it is your responsibility to ask the departmental graduate secretary to send these via campus mail to Marilyn Estep, Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, GA 3072.

Yes, if you cannot find three referees to write by the deadline. At least one, if not more, current references are encouraged so that the referee can speak to your current interests, activities, and performances. If you are using a past letter of reference, it is your responsibility to have the relevant IU department or school send a copy to the African Studies Program for use in the FLAS application.

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