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, or Russian in an intensive summer program. Students must be enrolled in an intensive summer language program providing a minimum of six 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.

Eligible students must be enrolled at UWM and must be at the intermediate level (200-level or higher) of one of the languages named above. 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. Students who plan to study abroad during summer will need to apply for international health insurance through UWM. Studying abroad is not required. Students who plan to study abroad during Summer 2021 will still need to apply for their study abroad program through the Study Abroad Office at UW-Milwaukee.

The U.S. Department of Education limits individuals to one FLAS Fellowship per fiscal year. Students who received a FLAS award between August 2020 and May 2021 are not eligible for the summer award.

All materials, including your letters of recommendation, must be received by the March 1, 2021 deadline.

Please file a FAFSA by December 15, 2020, for full consideration. Students who have not filed a FAFSA by that date may still apply.

Questions regarding the fellowship or the application process should be directed to Jeremy Booth, jabooth@uwm.edu. It is recommended to meet with Jeremy 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
School/Colleges, Departments, and Areas
Center for International Education, College of Letters & Sciences
Supplemental Questions
  1. Which less-commonly-taught language are you studying at the 200-level or higher?
  2. If you are planning to study abroad, pre-approval by the U.S. Dept. of Education is necessary. Identify the program you plan to attend, at which institution, the program sponsor, semester dates, courses you intend to take, and languages in which the courses are taught.
  3. 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).
  4. Explain how the proposed language and area studies courses relate to your academic and career goals. Also, address how the FLAS Fellowship will enable you to realize these goals.
  5. 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.
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