Supplemental FLAS Competition for Academic Year 2019-20

CGS is pleased to announce a One-Time, Supplemental FLAS Competition for the 2019-2020 Academic Year!

Thanks to a late increase in funding from the U.S. Department of Education, CGS will be able to offer several supplementary FLAS fellowships to support graduate and undergraduate study in academic year 2019-20.  This competition will be held in the fall of 2019 (with an application deadline of October 15) and will be a one-time supplement to the regular competition that was held in January of 2019.  If you have applied last January but were not awarded a FLAS, we encourage you to re-submit your application for these supplementary awards.  New applicants are also welcome.

Like regular FLAS awards, these fellowships are for the study of modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies. The Center for Global Studies administers these fellowships under the terms of a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

A regular competition for fellowships covering the summer of 2020 and academic year 2020-21 will be held on the regular schedule, with information sessions in November and an application deadline in late January, 2020.

Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply both for this supplementary 2019-20 competition and the regular 2020-21 FLAS competition.

CGS FLAS Priorities

The objective of the Center for Global Studies (CGS) FLAS program is to provide graduate and undergraduate students of exceptional promise with the critical language and cultural skills they need to enter the global workforce upon graduation. Students in all disciplines are encouraged to apply, particularly those in the following professional fields: engineering, business, economics, health, agriculture, library and information science, social work, urban planning, education, media and communications, and those interested in working for government, non-governmental associations, and intergovernmental organizations.

Preference is given to students concentrating in an international area within their discipline. The CGS FLAS program provides undergraduate, graduate, and professional students the opportunity to learn a language and culture relevant to their projected professional work, without necessarily being expected to teach the language or be engaged in area studies.

Attendance Requirements

Because this fellowship opportunity developed only as UIUC classes were about to begin, eligible students must already be enrolled in a language course and an area studies course for the fall semester in order to qualify for the competition. Students must be enrolled in a language course at the intermediate or advanced level.

FLAS recipients are required to enroll in language and area study courses in both fall and spring semesters. Graduate students who have not yet taken GLBL 500 (in the fall) or GLBL 501 (in the spring) will be required to take one of these courses as their area study.

Fellowship Amounts

Graduate students: the FLAS fellowship will provide a monthly stipend up to a total of $15,000 over a 9-month period, along with tuition and some fees, up to a total of $18,000 (or $9,000 a semester).

Undergraduate students: the FLAS fellowship will provide a monthly stipend for a total of $5,000, over a 9-month period, and also includes up to $10,000 towards tuition and fees.

Eligible Languages

CGS will award fellowships for the study of the following, modern languages: Arabic, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Chinese-Mandarin, Czech, Modern Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, and Ukrainian.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Undergraduate Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA, and must be studying the language at an intermediate or advanced level.
  • Graduate FLAS fellowship applicants must be degree-seeking students in good academic standing enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Illinois.
  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents (green card).

Selection Criteria

CGS seeks candidates who give promise of becoming leaders in their field of study and professional work. Applicable measures include the applicant’s academic record, extra-disciplinary and professional activities, and supportive materials, including letters of recommendation from close observers of the applicant’s achievements. The statement of purpose should clearly indicate how the FLAS fellowship will advance both the professional career and potential for leadership within the candidate’s field of specialization or in the performance of public service.


  • Email addresses for two people who have agreed to complete letters of recommendation.  If possible, we suggest that one letter be from your academic advisor and one from your most recent language instructor.  The application will prompt you to submit contact information, which will generate requests to your recommenders.
  • Digital copies of Graduate and Undergraduate Transcripts (copies from your departmental file are acceptable); unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  • Three short answers: Three essay questions will invite you to explain how your language study fits in with your field of study and relates to Global Studies; how you intend to use the language and how it will contribute to your career goals; and what were your previous formal and informal experiences of learning a foreign language.

Given the extra-ordinary nature of this competition, the fellowships will be awarded only for study on UIUC campus.  No awards can be used for study abroad or study away.

Application: To apply, please fill out the webtools form found here.

CGS FLAS Contact

If you have questions about the CGS FLAS program, or the Supplemental FLAS Competition for Academic Year 2019-20, please contact:

Tim Pollack-Lagushenko, CGS Outreach and FLAS Coordinator ()


The following U.S. Department of Education guidelines also apply:

  • Students may receive fellowships for multiple award periods if they compete successfully in each discrete competition.
  • Undergraduate students must study a Less Commonly Taught Language at the intermediate or advanced level.
  • Limited to intensive language training (120-180 contact hours) and cannot be used for research abroad.

Prior approval required from the Department of Education:

  • For substitution of an independent study or reading course for an existing area study course.

Illinois Fellowship Policy and Guidelines:

  • Campus Policy: no student on limited status can hold a fellowship
  • Students with EXs and Fs on their records are not assigned equal status in the competition with students who have completed their course and program requirements. EXs and Fs should be explained as part of the application.