Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships 

The National Resource Center on the Middle East and North Africa (NRC-MENA) is pleased to offer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for language and area studies for the 2017-18 academic year.  FLAS Fellowships are available in modern Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish.  The fellowships aim to provide training in these languages in order to meet the national need for specialists on the Middle East region.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be enrolled in a full-time program of study (must be a graduate student to be eligible for academic year FLAS)
  • Must show potential for superior academic achievement based on academic record
  • Must demonstrate long-term interest in the Middle East
  • Must have minimum of intermediate-level proficiency in FLAS language​

Summer FLAS Fellowships allow current Georgetown undergraduate and graduate students to complete the equivalent of one academic year of Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish during the summer. The FLAS Fellowship may be used for domestic or international study. Programs should be a minimum of six weeks long and should include 140 contact hours for students at the intermediate level and 120 contact hours for students at the advanced level. 

The FLAS Fellowship provides up to $5,000 in tuition and fees and a $2,500 stipend for the summer.  Please note that the $5,000 award can only be used to cover tuition and related fees, such as textbooks.  It cannot be used to cover transportation, accommodation, or meals.  

Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to receive summer FLAS fellowships.

For more information about summer FLAS, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

The deadline for summer 2017 FLAS Fellowships is March 1, 2017.   APPLY NOW

Academic Year FLAS Fellowships 

The NRC-MENA offers several academic year FLAS Fellowships to current Georgetown graduate students.  FLAS awards may be used for the study of intermediate, advanced, and post-advanced Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish.  Beginners in any of these languages may apply for a FLAS Fellowship, but must be able to place into an intermediate-level course at the beginning of the Fellowship period.  FLAS Fellows are required to take an area studies and a language course each semester of the fellowship. The FLAS Fellowship is for one year of graduate study only. Incoming students are not eligible to apply.

Academic-year FLAS Fellowships provide $18,000 for tuition/fees and a $15,000 stipend.  The FLAS Fellowship must be awarded as a full scholarship, so the student's program must agree to top off the award.  Students whose departments do not agree to cover the remaining tuition and fees will not be eligible to receive a FLAS Fellowship.  Please note that a student cannot work in exchange for the $15,000 stipend and will not be permitted to work on campus for the duration of the FLAS award.

For more information about academic year FLAS, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

The deadline for the 2017-2018 academic year FLAS Fellowship has been extended to May 31, 2017.  



For questions about FLAS, please contact: 

Kelli Harris
Assistant Director of Academic Programs
Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
(202) 687-8957