Eligibility and Requirements


Graduate Students:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Current or former FLAS fellows may apply; priority is given to applicants for a first or second FLAS
  • Currently must to be enrolled as a graduate student in good standing with the graduate college at U of I OR must have been admitted to a graduate program (students can apply with a pending application to a UIUC graduate program but can only accept a FLAS Fellowship if admitted)


Undergraduate Students:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently must be enrolled as an undergraduate student
  • Language requirement: currently must to be enrolled in at least the second year of language study.
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Selection Criteria

  • Academic achievement
  • Demonstrated commitment and intent to use the language and area studies knowledge in future studies and/or professional career
  • Letters of reference

Fellowship Requirements

Overall Requirements:

  • FLAS recipient must complete a student language self-evaluation at the beginning and at the end of each award period as well as pre- and post-ward language evaluation conducted by your instructor
  • Must complete an online-periodic evaluation of the program the semester after your award and later as an alum of the program
  • According to U.S. Department of Education grant requirements, FLAS recipients are also expected to complete a biennial questionnaire for eight years after graduation.


Academic Year FLAS Fellowships Requirements:

  • Enrolled full time (12 hours) both semesters
  • Register for approved language courses and one relevant area study course per semester


Summer FLAS Fellowships Requirements:

  • Summer FLAS awards are for language study only
  • Summer FLAS fellows must be enrolled in the equivalent of a full year of formal language study:
  • Intermediate language level programs must provide a minimum of 140 contact hours of language study – eliminate if we are only considering advanced language study
  • Advanced language level programs must provide a minimum of 120 contact hours of language study
  • All programs must be a minimum of six weeks
  • FLAS awards for overseas language programs are for study only at the intermediate or advanced level and must be approved by the U.S. Department of Education.