Foreign Language & Areas Studies Fellowship (FLAS) Application Now Open!


The application for 2022-2023 academic year and summer 2022 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) awards is now open. Applications are due Monday, February 14, 2022. We encourage interested applicants to attend an upcoming information session:

In-person: November 17 at 4 p.m., December 7 at 3 p.m., January 27 at 5 p.m. in 336 Ingraham Hall

Online: December 2 at 6 p.m. CST, January 18 at 2 p.m. CST, January 31 at 4 p.m. CST via Zoom (

FLAS fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the UW’s National Resource Centers to assist students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies. FLAS awards are only available for specific languages and are contingent on federal funding. Awards offer tuition support and stipend–for award details, please visit the FAQ page.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students in professional fields are encouraged to apply.

Undergraduate students must be applying to study at the intermediate (2nd year) or advanced (3rd year or above) level of a less commonly taught language to receive a fellowship; undergraduate students may not apply for a FLAS at the beginning level of language study.

Graduate students might be granted an exception to allow study of the beginning level of a less commonly taught language with FLAS support if the student has achieved advanced proficiency in another language of the world area of specialization, and if learning a second language of that world area is required for the student’s overall training and expertise. Graduate students who are applying for beginning language study will need to explain why an exception should be granted as part of their application.

Students receiving academic year awards must be enrolled in full-time study for the duration of the FLAS award and must take one language course and one related area or international studies course each semester. Academic year awardees must be admitted to or enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, or professional programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. FLAS awards may be used in some cases for undergraduates participating in official IAP programs and in very limited cases for dissertators.

For the 2022-23 academic year, eligible CREECA languages are:

Polish: 1st-4th year
Persian (in relation to Central Asia): 1st-3rd year
Czech: 1st year
Turkish (in Balkans or Central Asia): 1st-3rd year
Kazakh: 1st-3rd year
Russian: 3rd year and above; 1st-2nd year Russian open to professional students only

Summer awards are for intensive language programs either domestically or abroad. Details on minimum contact hours and duration of allowable summer programs are outlined on the FLAS FAQ page. Summer FLAS awards may be used for study at UW-Madison by non-UW students.

Eligible summer study languages include any regional language offered through an intensive summer language program, such as UW’s Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute, the University of Pittsburgh’s Summer Language Institute, or Indiana University’s Summer Language Workshop. The same rules apply to the study of Russian during the summer as during the academic year.

Additional details about FLAS at UW-Madison are available on the FLAS FAQ page, by contacting the IRIS Awards Office, or by contacting CREECA’s FLAS Coordinator, Sarah Linkert.