The FLAS Fellowship Program is predicated on the belief that "the well-being of the United States is dependent on the education and training of Americans in international and foreign language studies."

  • Eligibility Requirements
    Languages Classified by Area
    Financial Provisions

Related Information

FLAS Application for Continuing Graduate Students

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply for a FLAS fellowship, a student must meet the following criteria:

1. Be a citizen or eligible permanent resident of the United States, or be in the process of becoming a citizen or permanent resident of the United States (in the latter case, immigration documentation is required);

2. Be enrolled in a graduate degree program in one of the Harvard graduate schools. All non-GSAS applicants must notify their school's Financial Aid Office that they intend to apply for a FLAS Fellowship to ensure the schools participation. Please note: Masters Programs at HSPH have a per-credit billing policy and tuition coverage is only applicable to remaining credits required to complete the program.
3. Be enrolled in one graded FLAS approved language and one graded area studies course per term; or be engaged in overseas dissertation research in the international aspects of professional (or other) fields of study.

4. For use of fellowship overseas: must be enrolled in an advanced language program overseas approved by the Department of Education; or pursue overseas PhD dissertation research, provided there is affiliation with an overseas institution of higher education or appropriate organization in the host country. Students must submit the following information along with the application:
  • The name of the institution where the student will be conducting research;
  • The name of a contact at that institution
  • The dates of travel.
5. All FLAS nominees will be required to complete a 2016-2017 FAFSA  prior to actual award decision.

6. FLAS fellows must complete an electronic Student Performance Report at the end of the fellowship. Failure to submit this report precludes future participation in the program.

Languages Classified by Area

The following languages, classified by World Area, are approved by the US Department of Education for Harvard University to offer FLAS Fellowships:

Afrikaans, Akan, Amharic, Arabic–Sudanese, Bamanankak, Chichewa, Dinka, Fulani, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Igbo, Kinyarwanda, Krio, Malagasy, Somali, Swahili, Wolof, Xhosa, Yoruba, Zulu

East Europe
Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Uzbek

Middle East
Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Kurdish, Persian, Turkish, Uzbek

NOTE: The application for East Europe Summer and Academic Year FLAS Fellowships is an online process managed by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Visit the Davis Center website for more details. 

Financial Provisions

Academic year fellowships provide a tuition grant of up to $18,000, plus a $15,000 stipend to be dispersed monthly over a ten-month period. Remaining tuition and health fees, if any, must be covered by the students' school of enrollment within Harvard University (i.e. GSAS, GSE, Divinity School). All Non-GSAS applicants must notify their school's Financial Aid Office that they have applied for a FLAS. Please note: Masters Programs at HSPH have a per-credit billing policy and tuition coverage is only applicable to remaining credits required to complete the program.

Applicants who plan to study abroad are expected to apply for other appropriate sources of funding (ACCELS, etc.) for their World Area.


Employment during the fellowship period is very limited. FLAS recipients must obtain approval from the FLAS Coordinator for any TF or other work opportunities before accepting them, to ensure compliance with federal regulations and continuation of thier grant. Employment may not exceed the value of one-fifth of teaching per term.


There are five components of the FLAS application 1. Fellowship application, 2. Two letters of recommendation; one from a language instructor and one from an area studies instructor, 3. Official transcript, and 4. A statement of purpose. 5. Nominees will be required to complete a 2016-2017 FAFSA prior to actual award decision. There are additional requirements of students wishing to use their FLAS for dissertation research. Please see below. 

Overseas Dissertation Research applicants must have a project description signed by their academic advisor, and should include the dates of travel abroad, the overseas institution where they will be affiliated, and a contact person at that institution. Please note the Overseas Dissertation FLAS is a research grant, not a writing grant. Where applicable, students should ensure their project has been approved by The Harvard University Committee on the Use of Human Subjects.

Applicants must note on their FLAS application other fellowship programs to which they have applied and, if possible, the results of the applications. Please include this list at the end of the Statement of Purpose.

For further information please contact:

FLAS Coordinator
Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, 3rd Floor
1350 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-495-5396
Fax: 617-496-5333
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