Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

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 on the Homewood campus and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) are approved by the U.S. Department of Education to award FLAS fellowships to eligible Krieger (Homewood undergraduate and graduate students ONLY) and SAIS students studying the following languages: Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Yiddish, Burmese, Indonesian, Persian, Thai, and Vietnamese. 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. (NOTE: in some cases FLAS funding may replace other forms of aid.)

The FLAS Academic Year grant amounts are:

  • Graduate students: tuition grant is $9,000 per semester and the stipend is $7,500 per semester
  • Undergraduate students: tuition grant is $5,000 per semester and the stipend is $2,500 per semester

Summer fellowships are to be used only for intensive language training at other institutions in the United States or abroad, and the training must provide the equivalent of a full academic year of instruction.  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.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a FLAS Fellowship, both undergraduate and graduate applicants must:

  • Be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States
  • Be currently enrolled full-time at Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts & Sciences (Homewood undergraduate or graduate ONLY) or the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (MA students only). 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

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 or SAIS: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Burmese, Indonesian, Persian, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Undergraduate applicants only:

  • Students must be at the intermediate or advanced level of instruction in 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.
  • Undergraduate applicants must be a freshman, sophomore or junior. Senior undergraduate students are not eligible to apply for FLAS Fellowships.
  • Where eligible, undergraduate students may use an award for a formal study abroad program at the intermediate or advanced level of a critical or LCTL. Prior approval from the U.S. Department of Education and the Johns Hopkins Office of Study Abroad is required for undergraduates. Students intending to study in a country determined to be at high risk by the U.S. Department of State must submit a petition with the Office of Study Abroad.

Graduate applicants only:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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. In addition to the online application form, applicants must submit a CV/resume and transcript (uploaded with the online application), and have two letters of recommendation emailed to internationalstudies@jhu.edu. A third letter of recommendation from a language instructor is optional. All letters of recommendation must be emailed directly by the letter writers. Applicants are responsible for ensuring their letter writers submit recommendation letters by the application deadline.

  • The annual deadline to apply for both summer and academic year fellowships is February 15.

Fellowship Requirements

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.

Contact Information

For more information about the FLAS Fellowship program and associated application process, contact Sydney Van Morgan, Director of the International Studies Program, at sydney@jhu.edu.

  • Past Fellows

    Academic Year 2019 Fellows

    • Zoya Sattar, Arabic
    • Christopher Taylor, Japanese
    • Sema Hasan, Urdu
    • Nirit Hinkis, Arabic
    • Kyle Thetford, Arabic

    Summer 2019 Fellows

    • Lauren Mushro, Catalan
    • Jilene Chua, Tagalog
    • Matthew Kawatani, Japanese
    • Catriona Mitchell, Mandarin Chinese
    • Claire McCrea, Korean
    • Asma Khan, Japanese

    Academic Year 2018 Fellows

    • Lauren Mushro, Portuguese
    • Sharon Yoo, Hindi
    • Stephanie Tarnovetchi, Russian
    • Molly Shutt, Arabic
    • Ross Medico, Korean
    • David Hamburger, Indonesian
    • Shervin Chaffari, Persian
    • Naomi Garcia, Korean
    • Akshai Bhatnagar, Persian
    • Shamaila Ashraf, Hindi
    • Sumera Yego, Arabic
    • Eli Levine, Persian
    • Claire Iverson, Italian
    • Alexander Goldberg, Mandarin Chinese

    Summer 2018 Fellows

    • Nathaniel Adams, Bengali
    • Jilene Chua, Tagalog
    • Samantha Chun, Korean
    • Cole Cooper, Arabic
    • Anna Gordon, Arabic
    • Kevin Kind, Japanese
    • Anysia Lee, Mandarin
    • Arpan Roy, Arabic
    • Christopher Taylor, Japanese
    • Ashley Wax, Arabic

    Academic Year 2017 Fellows

    • Alana Surowiec, Italian
    • Anna Gordon, Arabic
    • Ashley Wax, Arabic
    • Aubrey Roland, Mandarin
    • Cole Cooper, Arabic
    • Corey Payne, Portuguese
    • Dimitri Simes, Russian
    • Jason Yonover, Hebrew
    • Marios Falaris, Urdu
    • Oscar Volpe, Portuguese
    • Rachael Avidor, Portuguese
    • Rishi Awatramani, Hindi
    • Samantha Agarwal, Hindi
    • Shalena Adams, Mandarin
    • Sophia Song, Mandarin
    • Zoya Sattar, Arabic

    Summer 2017 Fellows

    • Megan Huynh, Mandarin
    • Christina Iruela Lane, Portuguese
    • Isaac Tong, Mandarin
    • Jake Morris, Mandarin
    • Natalie Crow, Arabic
    • Giselle Ruiz, Portuguese
    • Irene Chang, Korean
    • Daniel Park, Mandarin
    • Arpan Roy, Arabic
    • Anna Weerasinghe, Portuguese
    • Michael Broida, Portuguese
    • Paul Kohlbry, Hebrew
    • Mikaela Chase, Hindi
    • David Tian, Korean
    • Nathaniel Adams, Bengali
    • Marios Falaris, Kashmiri
    • Rowan Ibrahim, Arabic
    • Shirley Lung, Mandarin
    • Ina Choi, Mandarin
    • Marc Alsina, Portuguese

    Academic Year 2016 Fellows

    • Samantha Agarwal, Hindi
    • Rishi Awatramani, Hindi
    • Bianca Tu, Japanese
    • Janet Gomez, Italian
    • Benjamin Stein, Russian
    • Lauren Reynolds (Judy), Portuguese
    • Jason Yonover, Hebrew

    Summer 2016 Fellows

    • Emily Pastrana, Portuguese
    • Cristina Murillo, Portuguese
    • Gabriella Casella, Portuguese
    • Alexandra McManus, Portuguese
    • Abigail Annear, Russian
    • Caroline Lupetini, Italian
    • Benjamin Stein, Russian

    Academic Year 2015 Fellows

    • Rishi Awatramani, Hindi
    • Lucinda Chiu, Chinese
    • Rebecca Grenham, Italian
    • Elizabeth King, Chinese
    • Grace Scott, Chinese
    • James Skelton, Arabic
    • Ian Anderson, Urdu

    Summer 2015 Fellows

    • Rishi Awatramani, Hindi
    • Lauren Judy, Portuguese
    • Rebecca Loescher, Arabic
    • Emily Mancuso, Chinese
    • Emma McGlennen, Wolof
    • Matthew Pittman, Chinese
    • James Skelton, Arabic
    • Mary Speer, Chinese
    • Thomas Thornton, Korean

    Academic Year 2014 Fellows

    • Lauren Judy, Portuguese
    • Rebecca Loescher, Arabic
    • Ryan Nielsen, Hindi
    • Brian Tilley, Hindi