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Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships support students taking less-commonly taught languages and area studies coursework. The program provides both Academic Year and Summer Fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students. The Fellowship is designed to help students achieve their career goals, such as employment with the U.S. government.

The Academic Year fellowship is a non-service fellowship that requires students to take one language course and one area studies course each semester during the academic year. Priority languages are Turkish, Arabic, and Portuguese in a European context. Graduate students can receive full tuition and a stipend of $15,000; undergraduate students can receive up to $10,000 towards tuition and fees plus a stipend of $5,000 and must plan to take the language at intermediate or advanced level.

Summer FLAS Fellowships support intensive summer language study for students. Priority is given to Turkish, Arabic, and Portuguese as well as to Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Polish, Romanian, or Serbian. Up to $5,000 for tuition and fees and a $2,500 living allowance are provided. Undergraduate applicants must plan to pursue an intermediate or advanced language program.

Full-time students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply. FLAS Fellowships are possible because of a grant provided from the U.S. Department of Education to the Center for European Studies. Students apply through the FLAS@UNC online application. Please visit for more information, including dates for upcoming Info-Sessions, or email Katie Shanahan Lindner, CES FLAS Coordinator, at with any questions