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

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

FLAS Fellowships

2014-2015 FLAS Competition will begin October 2013, deadline for nominations is scheduled for Friday, February 14, 2014. More information on the nomination process will be coming soon. Note: 2014-2015 Academic Year FLAS awards will be contingent on available funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

The competition is open to undergraduate, graduate and professional students to promote the study of modern foreign languages and in particular less-commonly-taught languages (LCTL) in European and International studies.

There are two competitions; one is for a summer fellowship the other is for the 9 month Academic year.

The awards are overseen and granted by the U.S. Department of Education. All nominees are subject to the rules and guidelines as set forth by the Department of Education and the University of Minnesota.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, February 14, 2014.

FLAS Nomination Form now Available Online

The new FLAS nomination form is now available to all designated department personnel to upload student-required information to compete in the 2014-2015 FLAS competition.

The new system eliminates duplicate paperwork and makes the process flow easier between the nominators and the FLAS coordinator.

The form is available by clicking here or by utilizing this link:

Quick Tips:

It is best to collect all of the information before uploading the information.

Uploaded documents (unofficial transcripts, student’s 1-2 page statements, letter of recommendation, department nomination letter) can be in a word document or PDF.

Important:  Where it states to put in the UMN Internet ID that you do not put in the full email address. This will stall the nomination form.

Students no longer need to get a statement from a LCTL instructor. They need only provide the instructor’s name, Internet ID (x500) and email address.  If the LCTL instructor does not have a University Internet ID please use the Non-University LCTL Instructor form provided by clicking here.  Once completed it can be uploaded with the other documents.

If you have any questions about the nomination process please see the Nomination information packet: FLAS New Nomination Form1220013 or contact Jodi Elowitz, FLAS Coordinator at 612-624-6527 or

Summer FLAS
Summer FLAS Fellowships are designed to aid students in acquiring intensive study of language at domestic or international institutions.  Summer awardees can be used to study abroad.  All programs need to be a minimum of six weeks, 120 hours classroom time for intermediate/advanced language instruction and 140 hours classroom time for beginning language instruction.  

Undergraduate students are only eligible at the intermediate or advanced language levels of study. 

Summer Awards provide a  $2500 living stipend with $5000 tuition.  Tuition is ideally paid directly to the institutions; on several occasions we have reimbursed students directly.  The Living Stipend for (summer only) is distributed in a lump sum through direct deposit or a payroll check at the beginning of the awardees studies after clearance and approval by the U.S. Department of Education.

For a list of institutions please see your LCTL instructor or visit Center for Advanced Research Language Acquisition CARLA website.

Academic Year FLAS
Academic Year FLAS Fellowships are intended for use during the 9-month academic year. Awardees must be enrolled full time at the University of Minnesota taking at least one language course (as awarded by FLAS) and one area course (pertaining to that language) each semester. The courses must be taken for an A/F grade. You must be on campus during the Academic Year to be eligible for a FLAS.   You are not permitted to study abroad or at another institution during the academic year. If you are interested in studying a language at an institution abroad please see Summer FLAS Awards.

Academic Year Awards are:

  • Undergraduate: Provide a $ 5,000 living stipend, $10,000 towards tuition and mandatory fees.
  • Graduate:  Provide a $15,000 living stipend, $18,000 towards tuition and mandatory fees.

Tuition is paid directly to the awardees student account. The living stipend is paid out over the 9-month academic year through direct deposit or a payroll check as scheduled through the University of Minnesota payroll system.  Students are responsible for any overages.

Health Insurance
Graduate students may use part of their tuition award towards health insurance, other then the basic Boynton services included in the registration fees.  The student must request and notify the FLAS coordinator in order to process the necessary forms at the beginning of the semester.  Note that FLAS will not pay an overage. You will be responsible for any amount over  $18,0000.   For more information see Office of Student Health Benefits website.

Graduate and Professional Students: An academic department at the University of Minnesota must nominate all FLAS competitors. Undergraduates: May be nominated by a department, LCTL instructor or college advisor.


  • Applicants must be University of Minnesota students, fully matriculated at the time of the award they are nominated for.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Foreign students are not eligible.
  • New and returning students are eligible for awards. FLAS fellowship nominees must be degree-seeking students in good academic standing enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Undergraduate students are only eligible for FLAS fellowships to study intermediate (2nd-year) or advanced (3rd-year and beyond) levels of a less-commonly-taught language (LCTL.) Undergraduate students are not eligible for FLAS funding for beginning (1st-year) LCTL instruction.

The following is the list of languages eligible for the FLAS Fellowship.  On an exceptional basis you may apply for a language not on these lists understanding that if awarded a FLAS you will need to be approved by the US Department of Education, prior to receiving your award.

The European competition has approval in the following languages: Dutch, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, and Turkish.

The International competition has approval in the following languages Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Finnish, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, and Urdu.

For more information on LCTL’s, see your LCTL instructor or visit Center for Advanced Research Language Acquisition CARLA website.

Nomination Process
Graduate students must meet with their advisors and departments.  Undergraduates may also meet with a LCTL instructor or college advisor in lieu of a department. The nominator will collect the following information:

  1. A statement of interest (written by the student)(1 -2 pages) explaining how a FLAS Fellowship would contribute to the student’s course of study and or research and how it relates to European or International studies.
  2. A letter of recommendation from an individual who has worked closely with the student.
  3. Students will provide a name and email address of a University of Minnesota LCTL instructor.  The instructor will be prompted by the online system to fill out a brief section of the form stipulating that the nominee has sufficient proficiency to continue or enter the language program at the intermediate or advanced level. (Graduate Students who are taking a beginning language do not need the LCTL form.) Undergraduates are not eligible to apply for FLAS at the beginning level.   Outside the University LCTL instructors can be used as references, they will need to fill out a form that can be uploaded.  (Contact FLAS program coordinator.)
  4. Transcripts (unofficial is acceptable)
  5. Nomination Letter by the designated department personnel (graduate), advisor or LCTL instructor (undergraduate) that answer the following: What evidence can be provided to demonstrate the nominee’s potential for language learning? What evidence can be provided to demonstrate the nominee’s potential for advancing European or International studies? What evidence can be provided of the nominee’s intellectual ability and academic excellence?

Nominators will submit the nomination form and upload all of the above on FLAS nomination site.

Frequently Asked Questions in regards to the nomination process

Nomination information packet: FLAS New Nomination Form1220013

The form is available by clicking here or by utilizing this link:

Questions: Contact

Jodi Elowitz
European Studies Consortium
Institute for Global Studies
248 Social Sciences

Phone: 612-624-6527

FLAS office hours January 21-February 10
10:30 to 11:30 M-TH. Also available by appointment.

Other Funding Opportunities