FLAS Fellowship

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

Under the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) program, the Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) offers summer and academic year fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students who are pursuing a degree and need advanced training in language and area studies. The fellowship seeks to enhance students' language skills and knowledge of a foreign country or region through coursework. Fellows receive a tuition and fee credit to subsidize enrollment in language and/or area studies coursework as well as receiving a stipend. CSEES offers fellowships for students of the following languages:

  • Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian
  • Czech*
  • Hungarian*
  • Modern Greek
  • Polish
  • Romanian*
  • Russian
  • Turkish*
  • Uzbek

Before applying for a fellowship however, prospective applicants should contact the language department that oversees instruction in the language to ensure that the language and level that the applicant is applying for will be offered.

*Czech, Hungarian, and Romanian language courses are offered intermittently. Applicants MUST contact the appropriate language department to ensure that the language will be offered. Modern Turkish ONLY is eligible for FLAS, not Ottoman Turkish. Additionally, students applying for a FLAS in Modern Turkish to CSEES must be studying Turkey as it relates to the Balkans. CSEES does not support FLAS for study of the Middle East.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the FLAS coordinator, Eileen Kunkler, at kunkler.10@osu.edu to discuss their application before submitting it. 

Summer Fellowships

Graduate and Professional Students:

Summer fellowships provide intensive language training for students, providing the fellow with the equivalent of one full year of language study.  Applicants wishing to study intensively an eligible East European or Eurasian language can apply for a fellowship to study at a domestic language program and can apply for beginning, intermediate, or advanced language study.  For overseas language study, fellows must be applying for the intermediate or advanced level.  Please note, summer fellowships are for language study only.  Fellows do not need to enroll in an area-studies course.

Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • Full-time graduate or professional student
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • 3.2 GPA

FLAS Eligible Language Programs:

  • Beginner and Intermediate programs must provide 140+ classroom contact hours
  • Advanced programs need to offer 120+ classroom contact hours

Fellowship Benefits:

  • Up to $5,000 of tuition and fee support
  • $2,500 stipend
  • Possibility of a further $1,000 for airfare reimbursement

Please contact Eileen Kunkler, the FLAS coordinator, at kunkler.10@osu.edu if you have any questions about fellowship requirements or eligible language programs.     

Undergraduate Students:

Fellowships for the summer provide the equivalent of one full year of language study through enrollment in intensive language programs.  Undergraduate students wanting to study intensively an eligible East European or Eurasian language can apply for a fellowship to study at a domestic or overseas language program and can apply for intermediate or advanced language study.  Please note, summer fellowships are for language study only.  Fellows do not need to enroll in an area-studies course.

Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • Full-time undergraduate student
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • 3.2 GPA

FLAS Eligible Language Programs:

  • Intermediate programs must provide 140+ classroom contact hours
  • Advanced programs need to offer 120+ classroom contact hours

Fellowship Benefits:

  • Up to $5,000 of tuition and fee support
  • $2,500 stipend
  • Possibility of a further $1,000 for airfare reimbursement

Please contact Eileen Kunkler, the FLAS coordinator, at kunkler.10@osu.edu if you have any questions about fellowship requirements or eligible language programs.   

Academic Year Fellowships

Graduate and Professional Students:

Academic year fellowships are for students wishing to study an eligible language and take area studies coursework for two academic semesters.  Applicants can be at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced language level.  Applicants at the beginner level for their applied language must study domestically.  Intermediate and advanced language applicants can study both domestically or at an overseas institution but must still take both an area studies and language course.  Beyond the language and area-studies courses, students can enroll in other courses related to their degree as long as they are enrolled full-time.  Please note, fellowships are for language and area-studies coursework to enhance a graduate or professional student's course of study.  CSEES does not fund dissertation work.  

Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • Full-time graduate or professional student
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • 3.2 GPA

Course Requirements:

  • 1 language course per semester
  • 1 area studies course per semester
  • Can then enroll in other courses as needed for degree
  • All courses (including non-FLAS coursework) must be graded and in classroom
  • Independent study and individualized instruction are not allowed
  • Audit and pass/fail designations are not permissable

Fellowship Benefits:

  • Up to $18,000 of tuition and fee support
  • $15,000 stipend

Please contact Eileen Kunkler, the FLAS coordinator, at kunkler.10@osu.edu if you have any questions about fellowship requirements.   

Undergraduate Students:

Undergraduate students undertaking a course of study requiring both language and area studies can apply for a fellowship to study at a domestic or overseas institution.  Students must apply for intermediate or advanced language study.  In addition to enrolling in a language and area studies course, students can take other courses to fulfill their degree requirements.   

Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • Full-time undergraduate student
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • 3.2 GPA

Course Requirements:

  • 1 language course per semester
  • 1 area studies course per semester
  • Can then enroll in other courses as needed for degree
  • All courses (including non-FLAS coursework) must be graded and in classroom
  • Independent study and individualized instruction are not allowed
  • Audit and pass/fail designations are not permissable

Fellowship Benefits:

  • Up to $10,000 of tuition and fee support
  • $5,000 stipend

Please contact Eileen Kunkler, the FLAS coordinator, at kunkler.10@osu.edu if you have any questions about fellowship requirements or eligible language programs. 

Summer 2017 and Academic Year 2017-18 Fellowship Competition

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Fellowship Information Sessions

The Center for Slavic and East European Studies will hold several information sessions about the fellowship in Novemer and December 2016, and January 2017. Please read our Events Page for a full listing.

​Please contact Eileen Kunkler, the FLAS Coordinator, for any questions about the fellowship and application process, by phone at (614)292-8770 or by email at kunkler.10@osu.edu.

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