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Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) FAQs

The U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Program provides academic year fellowships to institutions of higher education. The grant to GWU was written by the Institute for Middle East Studies and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. The fellowship provides support to graduate students (MA and doctoral) in the following GW schools:

  • The Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA)
  • The Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS)
  • The Graduate School of Education & Human Development (GSEHD)

Executive education students are not eligible for FLAS. Purely online programs are not eligible (regular coursework delivered through virtual instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be covered by FLAS). Graduate students in other GW schools (CPS, GWSB, Law, Milken, Nursing and SMHS) are not eligible for the FLAS Academic Year Fellowship but can still be considered for the FLAS Summer Fellowship. Interested applicants from other schools should follow up with their respective deans’ offices.

Fellowship recipients must enroll in one eligible language course (in Arabic, Mandarin, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Persian, or Turkish) and one eligible area studies course (that covers the Middle East or East Asia) each semester.

Committee decisions are final. Due to the high volume of applications received for this fellowship, feedback on decisions cannot be provided to applicants. We will not make exceptions on late submissions.

FLAS Academic Year FAQs

Post-Award FAQs: Academic Year