Ctr. for International Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) Summer

This fellowship is intended for undergraduate students of any major interested in continuing their study of Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian [or another less-commonly-taught-language (LCTL) upon approval by the U.S. Department of Education (ED)] in an intensive summer program during the Summer 2023 term. A summer session qualifies as an intensive language program if it provides a minimum of six (6) weeks instruction totaling at least 140 contact hours (for intermediate/200 level) or 120 contact hours (for advanced/300+ level) of language instruction. Courses may be taken through a domestic, virtual, or overseas study program that is pre-approved by the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

Eligible students must be enrolled at UWM and must be at the intermediate or advanced level (200-level or higher) of one of the languages named above (or other less commonly taught world language). Other eligibility requirements include:

  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
  • a completed FAFSA on file with Financial Aid
  • a demonstrated record of academic success

The summer fellowship is valued at up to $7,500 total for intensive summer study either at an approved U.S. or overseas language program. Of this total, students are eligible for up to $5,000 for tuition/required program fees and a $2,500 stipend.

In addition to applying for the FLAS fellowship, students must apply directly to their desired language program. Studying abroad is not required, but students who plan to study abroad during summer will need to apply for international health insurance through UWM and will still need to apply for their study abroad program through UWM’s Study Abroad Office; their deadline to apply is March 1. Students can refer to the UWM Study Abroad Program Search and the FLAS FAQ page for a list of possible intensive language programs. The programs listed are not guaranteed approval by the U.S. Department of Education but are suggested based on their advertised information.

The ED limits individuals to one FLAS Fellowship per fiscal year. Students who received a FLAS award between August 2022 and May 2023 are not eligible for the summer award.

The application closes at 11:59 pm on February 17, 2023. All materials, including your letters of recommendation, must be received by that time. Please file a FAFSA as soon as possible for full consideration.

Questions regarding the fellowship or the application process should be directed to Kailan Brown (cie-flas@uwm.edu). It is recommended to meet with Kailan prior to submitting your application.

Funding for this fellowship is provided by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Higher Education Act.

Up to $7,500
Schools, Colleges, Departments, and Areas
Center for International Education, College of Letters and Science
Supplemental Questions
  1. Provide all information about the summer language intensive program you plan to participate in:
    • 1. Which less-commonly-taught language will you be studying?
    • 2. What is your current level of language study?
    • 3. Name of the institution offering the summer intensive program
    • 4. How many credits is the summer program?
    • 5. Provide a web address that outlines the details of your proposed summer intensive program.
  2. If you are planning to study abroad, upload a program brochure or a printout of the program's website. You must collect information that indicates the instructors have a background in language pedagogy training (CV or bio) and proof that the language courses are performance based (course-description, syllabus, grading scale).
  3. My career objectives include (check all that apply):
  4. If you selected other career objective, please specify.
  5. Why have you chosen to study this particular language? Describe how this language fellowship will enhance your career or research prospects.
  6. Please upload a copy of your most recent UWM transcript in PDF format. An unofficial version downloaded from PAWS is acceptable.
  7. Letter of Recommendation: Please provide the name and email address of a former or current language professor who can provide a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
  8. Please provide an additional name and email address of a former or current professional who can deliver a letter of recommendation on your behalf. This can be a non-language Professor, a former non-UWM professor, a TA, UWM work supervisor, etc.
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