Graduate Fellowship: Summer Intensive Language Fellowships (FLAS) Michigan State University

Summer 2013 FLAS Application Deadline: 5:00 PM, January 18, 2013

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships are also available for summer intensive language study both for undergraduate and graduate students and for study both in domestic or international setting. To get information on what is entailed for a school, agency or institution that teaches African languages to be acceptable to the U.S. Department of Education requirements, send an e-mail to Dr. Fisseha. All summer FLAS fellowships, whether hosted by U.S. institutions or overseas ones must be approved by the U.S. Department of Education through its Title VI program.



  1. Applicants must be U. S. citizens or permanent residents.
  2. Both undergraduate and graduate students may apply for FLAS fellowship. However, undergraduate students can only be awarded FLAS fellowship if they will be studying their language at the Intermediate or advanced proficiency level during the fellowship period. This requirement does not apply to graduating undergraduate students (i.e., those students who, by the time their fellowship starts, will be enrolled in/admitted to graduate school and can show proof of it; they are considered graduate students for purposes of the fellowship).
  3. In order to be eligible for FLAS fellowship, students who apply must be willing to comply with the U.S. Department of Education requirements including to be part of a FLAS fellows group surveyed every other year for a period of eight years regarding their career tracks; therefore, FLAS fellows must inform the African Studies Center immediately whenever changes occur in their e-mail addresses.
  4. Applicants will be favored who (a) have clear promise of completing their academic program with concentration in African language and area studies, (b) plan to utilize their training for research in Africa, and (c) have excellent academic records as evidenced by course grades, recommendations, and other information. Please note also that evaluations or rankings for FLAS fellowships made by the department where applicants are or will be pursuing their undergraduate or graduate work will be taken into consideration when FLAS award are ultimately decided by a campus-wide committee.


Application Procedure

Visit the Application Requirements Webpage.


Application Deadline

Applications must meet the deadline specified above. By 5:00 PM of the deadline date, the on-line application form will be inaccessible either to modify an existing application or to start a new one. Thus, all application documents must be submitted by the end of that work day. Note specifically that the (on-line) completed application form must be submitted on-line; the signature page must also be completed online by the above deadline. In order to get the Signature Page, one must finish at least the first few pages of the on-line application form and can click the “submit” button found at the end of the application form (i.e., even before the on-line application form is completed); once the whole application form is completed, one should click the “submit” button again to end the application process and submit the document either before or by the deadline.

All the time preceding the deadline, tabular information of what documents required for the application have been received and which ones are still missing will be continually updated and shown at the top of the student’s application form every time the applicant opens the application form. Applicants should refer to this table often to see if all the required documents have been received by the African Studies Center.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Yacob Fisseha, Assistant Director, African Studies Center
100 International Center, (517) 353-1700


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