Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) Program

About the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) Program

The Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) Program assists students in acquiring high-level competence in languages critical to the needs of the United States. FLAS also promotes a fuller understanding of the areas, regions, or countries in which that language is commonly used. FLAS is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled full-time at Syracuse University and who are studying less commonly taught South Asian languages at the intermediate to advanced level. Graduate students may apply for an exemption to study Hindi-Urdu at the beginner level.

FLAS Academic Year Fellowships are awarded for study in Hindi-Urdu. Those fellowships include a scholarship of $10,000 toward the cost of tuition and $5,000 for living expenses for undergraduate students. Graduate students receive 24 credits of tuition and a stipend of $15,000.

FLAS Summer Fellowships are awarded for a full summer of intensive study for any South Asian language approved by the South Asia Center. Those fellowships provide $5,000 toward tuition and an additional stipend of up to $2,500. Students must also apply to one of the approved summer language programs.

Location of award, if applicable:

Eligible applicants:

-Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
-Must have either earned a baccalaureate or equivalent degree prior to the beginning of the fellowship, or be an undergraduate student with sufficient prior training to take an intermediate or advanced level of an uncommonly taught language;
-Must demonstrate potential for high academic achievement;
-Must be in residence on campus in Syracuse for each semester of the fellowship;
-Further eligibility requirements are available on the Syracuse University FLAS website

University endorsement required?

Citizenship requirement:

U.S. citizen or legal resident

The Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) Program application process:

Full application information is available on the Syracuse University FLAS website.

Application materials include:
-Completed online application form, including a Statement of Purpose;
-Updated official Syracuse University transcript;
-Completed FAFSA form;
-Two letters of recommendation for undergraduate students, including one from a language instructor and one from a faculty member who can speak to your academic preparation. For continuing graduate students, one letter of recommendation is required.

Advising contact:

Amy Marsden – FLAS Coordinator  Email: More Information:

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