International Studies & Programs

FLAS Fellowships

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships through the Asian Studies Center are academic scholarships that provide funding and support to graduate and undergraduate students who are studying language and culture in Asian countries.

MSU student standing in front of Chinese templeFLAS fellowships are supported by the U.S. Department of Education. They are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in academic programs combining the advanced study of a modern Asian language with advanced training and study in an academic or professional area with an Asia focus. For undergraduates, this is for third year and above. 


Undergraduate academic year awards are worth up to $15,000 per year; graduate academic year awards are worth up to $33,000 per year. Summer awards for both undergraduate and graduate students are worth up to $7,500. 

General Requirements

  • This application announcement pertains to students who are or will be enrolled full time in a program that combines Asian language study and international or area studies focused on Asia at Michigan State University or another approved institution. Dissertation stage students while not taking courses must demonstrate the relevancy of their research.
  • This is a competitive award program. Multiple awards are made in each category. Candidates must show potential for high academic achievement based on such indices as grade point average and recommendations. In addition to merit, demonstrated financial need will be taken into consideration.
  • Documentation will be required including official transcripts, letters of recommendation and a personal statement. Dissertation students must provide additional information.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.
  • Undergraduate and Graduate language learners must be at the intermediate level or higher in an Asian language (have obtained 12 credits in an Asian language by the time the fellowship begins).

Application Materials and Competition Dates

Competition start date: November 7, 2016

Competition deadline: February 10, 2017 

MSU Asian Studies Competition Announcement for FLAS 2017-2018

FLAS Application AY 2017-18 & Summer 2017 

FLAS Approved Languages 2014-18 Asian Studies Center

Faculty Reccomendation Instructions