Apply for Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Award applications are now open!

African language FLAS Awards are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the African Studies Program to assist students in acquiring African language and area studies competencies.



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Both undergraduate and graduate students who are US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.


Undergraduate student academic-year award
– $10,000 toward tuition
– $5,000 stipend

Graduate student academic-year fellowship
– Full tuition remission
– $20,000 stipend

Summer FLAS awards (undergraduate and graduate)
– $5,000 in tuition toward summer language training program
– $2,500 stipend

NOTE: Students are eligible and encouraged to apply for both an academic year FLAS award and a summer FLAS award if they so wish. All competitions are evaluated separately and an application to one competition does not strengthen or weaken one application to another.


Eligible students may apply to study the following languages with a FLAS award from the African Studies Program.

Academic Year

  • Arabic*
  • Hausa
  • Swahili*
  • Wolof
  • Yoruba
  • Zulu
  • African Language Directed Study
    FLAS applicants interested in self-instruction of a language not offered in a regular classroom setting at the UW-Madison may do so through AFRICAN 670 (2cr) and 697 (3cr). Applicants interested in the African Language Directed Study need to contact FLAS coordinator Olayinka Olagbegi-Adegbite for details, guidance, and special instructions before beginning a FLAS application.

A wide range of African languages is eligible.

*Students studying Swahili or Arabic may also be eligible for academic year FLAS awards through the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS), and those studying Arabic may also be eligible through European Studies. To increase your chances of the award, the African Studies Program strongly encourages students to apply to all centers for which they are eligible. Please contact FLAS administrator Olayinka Olagbegi-Adegbite ( for more information.


Hear from FLAS fellowship alumni who used their FLAS award to study on campus, in Uganda, and beyond!


In-person: November 10th @ 4pm, December 6th @ 4pm, January 26th @ 4pm in 336 Ingraham Hall

Online: November 21st @5pm, January 11th @1pm, February 1st @6pm via zoom


Begin your FLAS application here: