FLAS Fellowship

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship supports language training in Less-Commonly-Taught Languages (LCTLs), including Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and Quechua. The fellowship assists in the advancement of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for foreign language and area/international studies and supports the development of a qualified pool of international experts with global competence designed to meet U.S. national needs.

FLAS Fellows receive:

  • Academic Year Graduate: Up to $18,000 tuition and fees, $15,000 stipend
  • Academic Year Undergraduate: Up to $10,000 tuition and fees, $5,000 stipend
  • Summer Graduate/Undergraduate: $5,000 tuition and fees, $2,500 stipend
    • Students applying for Summer Fellowships must participate in a FLAS approved Summer Study Abroad program for training in Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Quechua, or Quichua and must have applied to the summer study abroad program by the FLAS Fellowship deadline.
      For a list of Summer programs, click here.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Full-time, degree-seeking FIU graduate and undergraduate students in any discipline who are completing coursework related to Latin America may apply. FLAS Fellowship recipients are required to complete at least one Latin American and Caribbean-related area studies course and one Portuguese, Haitian Creole, or Quechua course each semester at FIU while holding the fellowship. Students must receive a letter grade and credit for each FLAS course.
  • Non-FIU students participating in LACC's Haitian Summer Institute are eligible for Summer fellowship.
  • Undergraduates must be prepared to study one of the approved languages at the intermediate or advanced level. Proof of proficiency will be required for undergraduate students applying for the FLAS Fellowship.
  • Graduate students may study one of the approved languages (Portuguese, Haitian Creole, or Quechua) at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced levels. However, graduate students applying to study a FLAS language at the beginning level must demonstrate that they speak another language from the region, other than English, at the advanced level and preference will be given to those students with intermediate or advanced level of proficiency in the language of study. For Summer Fellowships, graduate students at the beginning level will be considered for overseas language study only if an appropriate equivalent beginning language instruction program in the target language is not available in the United States.

Application Submission

2019 Summer Fellowship: Apply here

2019-2020 Academic Year Fellowship: Apply here

Application deadline for 2019 Summer- January 1, 2019

Application deadline for 2019-2020 Academic Year- January 1, 2019

Applicants must submit all supporting documents listed below electronically as PDFs to LACC Academic Programs Coordinator, Viroselie Caviedes, at vcaviede@fiu.edu. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.

  1. 1 copy of unofficial transcripts
  2. 1 copy of test scores (ACT, SAT, GRE. GMAT, LSAT, etc.)
  3. Copy of completed FLAS approved study abroad program application (summer cycle)
  4. Copy of Third Party Program Approval (TPPA) form (summer cycle, FIU students only)
  5. 2-3 page double-spaced letter of intent that specifically outlines the relevance of Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Quechua, or Quichua language study and Latin American expertise to your academic, training and career goals.