FLAS Fellowships: Summer 2017 & AY 2017-18

FLAS Awardees


Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide funding to students to encourage the study of critical and less commonly taught foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies or international aspects of professional studies. These fellowships are funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. The purpose of the FLAS program is to promote the training of students who intend to make their careers in college or university teaching, government service, or other employment where knowledge of foreign languages and cultures is essential.

At UC Berkeley, funding for FLAS Fellowships is provided by seven Title VI National Resource Centers representing various world areas, including: East Asia, Eastern Europe/Russia/Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Western Europe.

Academic Year FLAS Awards — open to both graduate and undergraduate students (Deadline: January 31, 2017)

South Asia academic year FLAS awards are available for Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. A FLAS grant in Sanskrit will only be considered if the student's project statement adequately demonstrates the applicability of Sanskrit to a topic dealing with modern or contemporary South Asia. Awards are not given for dissertation research abroad. Eligible graduate students in any discipline and department may apply for FLAS fellowships, including students in professional schools and the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In certain cases, FLAS fellowships may be used for language study abroad during an academic year. 

For 2017-2018, FLAS awards are now also open to undergraduates studying a South Asian language at the Intermediate or Advanced level. Incoming junior and seniors preferred, and either majoring or minoring in South Asian Studies through the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, or majoring in a discipline represented by the core faculty of the Institute for South Asia Studies (Anthropology; Energy and Resources Group; English; Economics; Ethnic Studies; Geography; History; History of Art; Music; Sociology; Political Science; Urban Planning). For questions regarding the availability of specific languages in 2016-2017 and student eligibility, please contact the Institute for South Asia Studies.

Summer FLAS Awards — open to both graduate and undergraduate students (Deadline: January 31, 2017)

Berkeley students are encouraged to take languages not available at UC Berkeley through the use of a summer FLAS at an institution that has a FLAS eligible program, including programs abroad. UC Berkeley students are encouraged to take their summer study at SASLI (South Asian Studies Language Institute) held at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, if the language is offered. See the SASLI Web site. Consult with the Institute for South Asia Studies. Graduate students are welcome to apply for a summer FLAS at Berkeley for intensive first-year Hindi, provided they have proficiency in another South Asian language. For summer 2017, FLAS awards are also open to undergraduates studying a South Asian language at the Intermediate or Advanced level. Incoming junior and seniors preferred either majoring or minoring in South Asian Studies though the Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, or majoring in a discipline represented by the core faculty of the Institute for South Asia Studies (Anthropology; Energy and Resources Group; English; Economics; Ethnic Studies; Geography; History; History of Art; Music; Sociology; Political Science; Urban Planning). For questions about student eligibility, please contact the Institute for South Asia Studies

For more information, visit the following websites:

Academic Year Awards: (Deadline: January 31, 2017)

Summer Awards: (Deadline: January 31, 2017)

or contact:

Sanchita B. Saxena, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Institute for South Asia Studies
sanchitas@berkeley.edu