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FLAS

Overview

Funded through the United States Department of Education, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships support advanced training in African languages. To be eligible, you must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. and plan to enroll in an African language course and African area studies course.

UC Berkeley is offering FLAS fellowships to both graduate and undergraduate students during the academic year and summer. Visit the Graduate Division FLAS page for more information. FLAS application for AY and Summer 2022 for UCB graduate students can be found here. All other applicants, including UC Berkeley undergraduates, should use the following link. You will be asked to create an account before creating an application -- other Users.

Deadline

Summer 2022 and New AY 2022 FLAS extended deadline: Monday,February 14, 2022

(Note: this extended deadline is only for CAS FLAS applicants. However, the application in SLATE still indicates the January 31, 2022 deadline because the other area studies programs at UC Berkeley also offer FLAS grants. It will remain open until the 14 February for CAS applicants only. Please check the Graduate Fellowship Deadlines website for FLAS deadlines as well as other UC Berkeley Fellowship deadlines. 

Summer FLAS

Notes on Summer FLAS fellowships

In-country language study requires U.S. Department of Education approval of the instructional program and travel itinerary. Summer FLAS for study abroad is not awarded to first-year language study that can be done in the United States. Prospective applicants must consult with the institutions offering the fellowships for eligibility and additional information.

Summer Language Institutes and Programs

African Studies Centers nationwide collaborate to offer a range of summer language study opportunities. The African Studies Association, the African Language Teachers Association and individual universities share the task of administering competitive US Department of Education Title VI Fulbright Group Project Abroad (GPA) Advanced Overseas Intensive Language Projects. Previously, Howard University has offered GPA programs in Tanzania for Advanced Swahili and Nigeria for Advanced Yoruba. The University of Pennsylvania has offered one in South Africa for Advanced Zulu. The University of Florida offered several languages through its African Flagship Languages Initiative. Indiana University offers several languages through its Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World. African Studies Centers nationwide collaborate to offer and advertise a range of other summer language study opportunities. A list of other language study options for the coming and previous summers are available at the links below:

 

2022 Summer African Language Courses and programs

(legacy data for information purposes only) 

Summer African Language Courses offered by USDE Title VI FLAS-funded programs:

Akan – Elementary, Intermediate

University of Florida

Amharic – Elementary, Intermediate/Advanced

University of Florida

Arabic – Elementary and Intermediate

University of California, Berkeley

Arabic – Elementary and Intermediate

University of Kansas

Arabic – Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced (APTLI)

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Hausa – Elementary

University of Florida

Igbo – Advanced

University of Florida

Swahili – Elementary and Intermediate

University of Kansas

Swahili – Level 1 and 2

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Swahili – Elementary (in Tanzania and Kenya)

Howard University

Swahili – Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced

University of Florida

Swahili – Level 1

Indiana University

Wolof – Elementary, Intermediate/Advanced

University of Florida

Wolof  – Elementary, Intermediate

University of Kansas

Yoruba – Elementary

University of Florida

Zulu – Elementary, Intermediate

University of Florida

Intensive Summer Multilanguage Seminar – Self-directed language study

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Other FLAS-eligible Summer Language Programs:

The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW), University of Illinois

Arabic – Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced

Swahili – Elementary

Wolof – Elementary

Check with specific institution to confirm availability of the course and FLAS eligibility.

US Institutions offering US Department of Education-funded FLAS Fellowships in African Languages, 2018-2022