Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships assist students in acquiring competence in foreign languages as well as a fuller understanding of the regions and countries in which those languages are commonly used. The International Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University is approved by the U.S. Department of Education to award FLAS fellowships to eligible Krieger students studying the following languages: Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and Yiddish. Fellowships may also be awarded to students studying other languages on a case-by-case basis.
There are two types of FLAS Fellowships: academic year and summer intensive. Academic year fellowships are designed to allow students to pursue language and international studies on a full-time basis during the regular academic year. These fellowships provide tuition and stipend support; funding is determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the enrollment status of the student. Summer intensive fellowships enable students to enroll in language training programs at other institutions in the United States or abroad. These fellowships offer $5,000 of tuition coverage and up to $2,500 in travel funding per award. Both types of fellowships may be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students.
To be eligible for a FLAS Fellowship, a student must:
- Be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States
- Be currently enrolled full-time at Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts & Sciences (students enrolled in other schools and units of JHU are NOT eligible to apply)
- Be taking or planning to take courses in foreign language and related international studies
- Show potential for high academic achievement based on such indices as grade point average, class ranking, or similar measures
- Undergraduate applicants only: (1) Be at the intermediate or advanced level of instruction in a less commonly taught language program, AND (2) be a freshman, sophomore or junior. Senior undergraduate students are not eligible to apply for FLAS Fellowships.
In addition, priority will be given to students who intend to:
- Seek employment in public service careers and/or in areas of national need
- Study one of the eight priority languages offered at Johns Hopkins: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian.
Graduate students wishing to use an award for a formal study abroad program must be at the intermediate or advanced level of language proficiency, or at the beginning level if an appropriate beginning language program is not available in the U.S. Where eligible, undergraduate students may use an award for a formal study abroad program at the intermediate or advanced level of a critical or less commonly taught language. Prior approval from the U.S. Department of Education is required for all FLAS study abroad awards.
Dissertation research abroad during the academic year: Only graduate students who are at the advanced level of language proficiency may propose to use a FLAS award for dissertation research abroad. Students must be advanced to candidacy, and the use of language in the dissertation research must be extensive enough to consider the foreign language improvement facilitated by the research equal to the improvement that would be obtained from a full academic year’s worth of formal classroom instruction. Prior approval from the U.S. Department of Education is required for dissertation research abroad.
Summer fellowships are to be used only for intensive language training, and the training must provide the equivalent of a full academic year of instruction.
In addition to the general eligibility requirements, undergraduate applicants must be at the intermediate or advanced level of study of a less commonly taught language (LCTL). A LCTL is any language other than English, Spanish, French or German. As a rule, beginning level fellowships are not allowed. However, an exception might be made for the beginning level of a LCTL if a graduate student has achieved advanced proficiency in another language of the world area of specialization, and if a second language of that world area is required for the student’s overall training and expertise.
How to Apply
Students who meet the FLAS eligibility requirements listed above are encouraged to submit applications for academic year and summer fellowships using the online FLAS application.
The deadline to apply for fellowships for academic year 2017-18 is September 10, 2017.
The deadline to apply for fellowships for summer 2018 is February 5, 2018.
In addition to the online application form, applicants must submit a CV/resume, transcript, and two letters of recommendation via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A third letter of recommendation from a language instructor is optional. All transcripts must come to the email@example.com email address through the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC). For detailed instructions on how to properly request a transcript from (NSC), please follow these directions.
Academic year FLAS Fellows must take one graded FLAS-approved language course and one graded area studies course per semester. Summer FLAS Fellows must enroll in an established intensive language program that is at least six weeks in duration and that requires a minimum of 140 instructional hours for students at the intermediate level or 120 instructional hours for students at the advanced level. All FLAS Fellows must complete online reports as requested by the International Studies Program at Johns Hopkins and the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to submit these reports or to submit them on time precludes future participation in the program and may result in a forfeiture of funds received.
For more information about the FLAS Fellowship program and associated application process, contact Sydney Van Morgan, Director of the International Studies Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org.