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Funding Opportunities


Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Guidelines

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • To accept a FLAS award offer, you must be enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) in a full-time program of study at the University of Washington
  • Undergraduates must be studying a language other than French, German or Spanish and are ineligible for FLAS awards to fund beginning level language study   

Summer Award Details

  • Summer FLAS Fellowships support intensive foreign language study (no area studies coursework is required)
  • Applicants must propose intensive summer language programs that are a minimum of six consecutive weeks and 140 classroom hours for beginning/intermediate level or 120 classroom hours for advanced level
  • Award may be used at UW, another U.S. institution, or at an overseas institution
  • Students should apply to their summer programs as soon as possible.  Many programs have deadlines that are earlier than the FLAS application deadline. 
  • To study abroad students must be at the intermediate or advanced level unless an appropriate beginning language program is not available in the U.S.  Study abroad must be undertaken in an established program, institute or university.
    The UW Study Abroad Office is available to help applicants find summer programs abroad.  FLAS applicants seeking to transfer summer program credits from overseas institutions to UW must apply through the Study Abroad Office, and deadlines for application are between February 15 and March 15
  • All applicants should carefully read the guidelines specific to the Center to which they are applying     

Academic Year Award Details

  • Awardees must be enrolled full-time for the duration of their award (Graduate 10 credits per quarter, Undergraduate 12 credits per quarter)
  • Applicants must propose a program of study that includes at least 3 credits per quarter in the language of their award and 3 credits per quarter in either area or international studies or the area or international aspects of professional or other fields of study.  The area studied must match the Center applied to--i.e. a student applying for Spanish through the Center for West Europe must be studying Europe, not Latin America.
  • PhD candidates may propose dissertation research abroad. See FAQs for more details.
  • All applicants should carefully read the guidelines specific to the Center to which they are applying.


  • Priority will be given to applicants with a high level of academic ability and with previous language training.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who are most likely to pursue government service or enter a professional field.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who show potential in meeting critical national security needs.
  • Priority will be given to those with financial need, as demonstrated by the Expected Family Contribution on the federal or UW financial aid forms
  • Low priority is given to applicants who have achieved language fluency equivalent to educated native speakers in the language for which the award is sought.
  • Low priority is given to applicants proposing dissertation research or writing.

     If you have questions, contact


NOTE: The application form and this page contain the most current information available at the date of publication. Applicants should be aware that changes in federal funding, language eligibility, or availability of languages at the University of Washington may occur in the future and affect their accuracy.

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African Studies Program
University of Washington
326 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195

Joel Ngugi / Chair
Associate Professor, School of Law

Mary Kay Gugerty/Adjunct Director
Associate Professor, Evans School of Public Affairs

Erin Murphy/Program Assistant
Autumn Quarter Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 9-12, or by appt.
206.616.0998 office
206.685.0668 fax

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