Institute for Global Studies
214 Social Sciences
267 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-624-9007
Fax: 612-626-2242

FLAS Fellowships

Summer 2016 and Academic Year 2016-2017 FLAS Fellowships

FLAS Information Sessions 2015-16

Tuesday November 17, 260 Social Sciences

2pm — Graduate students | 2:30pm — Undergraduate students

Wednesday November 18, 113 Folwell

10am — Graduate students | 10:30am — Undergraduate students

Wednesday, December 2, 113 Folwell

10am — Graduate students | 10:30am — Undergraduate students

Thursday, December 3, 260 Social Sciences

2pm — Graduate students | 2:30pm — Undergraduate students

Tuesday, January 26, 260 Social Sciences

3pm — Undergraduate students | 3:30pm — Graduate students

Wednesday, January 27, 113 Folwell

11am — Undergraduate students | 11:30am — Graduate students

Monday, February 1, * *609 Social Sciences

* *please note the change of location

9:30am — Graduate and undergraduate students

Monday, February 1, 113 Folwell

11:30am — Graduate and undergraduate students

The Institute for Global Studies is offering Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships in African, Asian and International Studies in the following modern foreign languages:

African: Arabic, Somali, Swahili & Portuguese

Asian: Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Korean & Urdu

International:Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Finnish, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Swahili, Swedish & Urdu

The competition is open to undergraduate, graduate and professional degree students to study a modern, less-commonly-taught language (LCTL) in combination with an area studies course.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and fully matriculated students at the time the award starts in a University of Minnesota-Twin Cities degree program that combines modern foreign language training with international aspects of study.

Academic Year 2016-2017 FLAS Fellowships

9-month Academic Year FLAS fellowships for

  • Undergraduates: living Stipend of $5,000 and up to $10,000 towards tuition and fees.
    Note: Undergraduates are only eligible for 2nd year language instruction and higher.
  • Graduates: living stipend of $15,000 and up to $18,000 towards tuition and fees
Summer 2016 FLAS Fellowships

Summer FLAS fellowships provide

  • living stipend of $2,500 and up to $5,000 in tuition and fees for both undergraduates and graduates

and are intended for intensive language study domestically or abroad.  Intensive language study is defined as program that offers at least 6 weeks of language instruction with 140 contact hours at the beginning (graduates only) or intermediate levels or 120 contact hours at the advanced level.

The Application Process

Submit the following to the FLAS coordinator Lydia Brosnahan ( by Monday, February 8, 2016:

  • Completed Application Form (click to access);
  • Statement of Purpose (limit to 500 words);
  • Transcript (unofficial is OK);
  • Letter of Recommendation by a faculty member who can comment meaningfully on the applicant’s academic ability and promise; and
  • Language Certification: if applying for intermediate or advanced language instruction, a letter from an appropriate language instructor attesting that the selected level is realistic.

--The Letter of Recommendation and Language Certification Letter can be emailed directly by faculty to

Application deadline: Monday, February 8, 2016

FLAS award decisions will be made by the end of March.

To learn more about FLAS fellowships and the application, refer to the FLAS FAQs. If you have questions beyond that, contact:

Lydia Brosnahan
Institute for Global Studies
246 Social Sciences


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