Summer Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (Summer FLAS)

FLAS awards are contingent upon funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

Provides partial to full tuition, health and basic insurance fees, and a stipend of $2,500 for intensive study of Chinese, Japanese or Korean at the third-year level or above, and modern Tibetan at the second year level or above. Recipients must be enrolled in a program of instruction formally approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents.

  • Federal government program that funds foreign language study.
  • US citizens and permanent residents are eligible.
  • Eligible East Asian languages include
    • Chinese (at 3rd year level or above)
    • Japanese (at 3rd year level or above)
    • Korean (at 3rd year level or above)
    • Tibetan (at 2rd year level or above)
  • For a full-time course of summer language study in the United States or abroad
  • Provides
    • Partial to Full Tuition
    • Health and basic insurance fees
    • $2,500 stipend
  • Average of five (5) awards per summer
  • Selection criteria include
    • Academic excellence
    • commitment to the language and using it as part of long-term academic or professional career goals
  • Eligibility
    • US Citizens and Permanent Residents
    • Open to all Columbia University undergraduate and graduate students
    • For advanced (3rd year or above or 2nd year or above for Tibetan) East Asian language study, or for beginning or intermediate study for students who have already attained the advanced level in another East Asian language
  • US Department of Education Approved Language Program— a minimum of 120 hours at the advanced level or a minimum of 140 hours at the intermediate level over the course of at least six weeks
  • Applications for students from all schools are available online here
  • Recipients of the award must report to the Weatherhead East Asian Institute any additional funds, such as another grant, that they receive in support of the same activities. The total amount of funding received for the project must not exceed the limits dictated by the student's school. Should a student receive multiple sources of funding for the same project, the WEAI will adjust or withdraw the amount granted to the student so as to remain below the cap dictated by the student's school.
  • FLAS recipients must submit a report at the end of the grant cycle, as well as commit to completing periodic brief surveys.