Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at NYU accepts applications for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year and Summer fellowships.
What is FLAS?
FLAS Awards are funded by the US Department of Education Title VI Program and provide financial support to graduate students studying less commonly taught languages (LCTLs). LCTLS include, but are not limited to, Haitian Kreyòl, Mixtec, Nahuatl, Quechua, and Brazilian Portuguese.
Academic Year FLAS Fellowships
Eligible languages for Academic year FLAS at NYU are Quechua and Brazilian Portuguese. Grantees enroll in one 4-credit language course per semester for the duration of the award.
AY FLAS fellowships offer tuition remission up to 24 points, fees, and a stipend. These funding levels apply to GSAS students. Students from other NYU schools will be subject to funding levels approved by their respective Admissions offices.
Summer FLAS Fellowships
Summer FLAS may be used for intensive study of any approved priority or less commonly taught language, including Quechua, Mixtec, Nahual, Haitian Kreyol, and Portuguese. Summer language awards may be used to attend beginner intensive language study programs in the U.S. or intermediate or advanced programs overseas that meet language proficiency standards set by the U.S. Department of Education.Guidelines for Summer FLAS
- Eligible programs must offer a minimum of 140 contact hours in the classroom and last at least 6 weeks
- Each individual program of language study must be approved by the Department of Education in advance of any payment for tuition or stipend.
- Each award will cover tuition (up to $5,000) and will provide a stipend of approximately $2,500.
- FLAS fellows may receive funding from other sources to cover tuition above the $5,000 tuition award.
- FLAS recipients commit to regular reporting requirements for the Department of Education.
Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships support students studying Quechua, Brazilian Portuguese, Haitian Kreyol, or another less commonly taught language as an integral part of an academic program. FLAS fellowships are available for study during the academic year and the summer. Students at all levels of language proficiency, except those with native fluency, are encouraged to apply.
General Guidelines for FLAS Fellowships
- All awards are subject to U.S. Department of Education policies, including completion of required Performance Reports.
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status.
- Applicants must be in a program that combines modern foreign language training with area or international studies or research and training in the international aspects of professional and other fields of study. NYU graduate students enrolled in any program meeting this requirement are eligible to apply.
- Incoming applicants to NYU graduate programs are encouraged to apply for AY FLAS fellowships.
- Undergraduate students are eligible to apply for summer FLAS fellowships.
Competitive Priority is granted to
- Applicants who will achieve advanced-level language proficiency before graduation;
- Applicants studying priority and less commonly taught languages, as defined by the Department of Education (especially Quechua, which is designated as both);
- Master's level applicants who plan to pursue careers in public service
- Those with demonstrated financial need (for AY FLAS only)
To ApplyApplications for Academic Year FLAS fellowships are due by the Recommended Deadline of January 22, 2016 and not after the Final Deadline of February 5, 2016. (click here for application)
Applications for Summer FLAS fellowships are due February 12, 2016 (click here for application)
The following materials are required in order for your application to be considered.
- Completed Application Cover Sheet
- A 1-2 page statement of purpose or plan of study. Include your career goals and indicate how language study is relevant to your education and career goals.
- Concise CV
- Two letters of recommendation. Your recommenders should speak to the value of language study to your academic or career aspirations.
- A copy of your graduate transcripts. (It does not have to be a sealed transcript, but it should be up-to-date.)
- Academic year FLAS applicants: please file a FAFSA application before February 5, 2016 if you wish to be considered for priority based on financial need.
Recipients and non-recipients will be notified of results in late March.