Undergraduate and Graduate Foreign Language & Area Study (FLAS) Fellowships

European Studies FLAS recipients momentarily remove their masks for a photo op. (September 2021)

Funded by the US Department of Education, the prestigious Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships help undergraduate and graduate students increase their expertise in area studies while developing their language skills.  Fellowships are available for intensive language study during the summer and for language and area studies during the academic year.  FLAS fellowships cover tuition and provide a stipend for either one academic year or for a summer.  For more information and for guidance about preparing an application, please contact the European Studies FLAS coordinator.

Applications and deadline information for FLAS awards can be found here.

Answers to frequently asked questions about FLAS can be found here.

European Studies provides funding to students who intend to study or are currently engaged in the study of the following European languages:

Arabic (for students with a research focus on Europe)


Dutch (Flemish)

Finnish (with approval from the Department of Education)

French (Graduate students in professional schools only)

Gaelic (Irish, with approval from the Department of Education)

German (Graduate students in professional schools only)

UW-Madison offers language tables for extra conversation practice for all the hyperlinked languages in this list!

-Modern Greek (with approval from the Department of Education)






Turkish (for students with a research focus on Europe)

FLAS Fellowships may also be used – primarily in the summer – for the intensive study of other Western European languages, such as Catalan, Faroese, Sami, Cimbrian, etc.

Specific Notes about Languages

FLAS does not support the study of Spanish at either the undergraduate or graduate level.

Undergraduates cannot apply for a FLAS for the study of French or German.

Undergraduates can only apply for a FLAS to study less commonly taught languages at the intermediate or advanced level.

Applications for the study of French and German will only be accepted from graduate students intending to pursue government service or enter a professional field.

LCTLs Career Fair

Learn more about scholarship and career opportunities in the public, private, and non-profit sector for learners of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLS) through the LCTLs Career Fair Video