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Summer 2024 FLAS Awards

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships are provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI program. The program is intended to broaden the nation’s pool of area and international specialists. Applicants should plan to use their training to teach, to serve in government or international agencies, or to engage in other work that advances American understanding of other countries.

The Summer FLAS program supports UCLA graduate and undergraduate training in Latin American Studies and modern languages of the region including: Nahuatl, Portuguese, Kichwa, and Advanced Spanish. Other less commonly taught languages of the region may be considered for funding as well. Graduate and undergraduate students who are studying the languages at intermediate level or higher are eligible. Beginning level of a language may be undertaken by graduate students only if the student already is at advanced level in a second Latin American language (usually Spanish). Undergraduates already enrolled at UCLA and who will be in student status for the duration of the fellowship, may apply for intermediate and advanced levels of language study only. Applications for Spanish will only be accepted from students planning to study at the advanced level. Past awardees may reapply.

Summer programs should fall into one of the following three categories: a) A program held in-person in another country, usually in Latin America (or occasionally Spain or Portugal); b) A program held in-person in the US; c) A program conducted remotely.

Selection for the award is based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Academic performance and potential as evidenced by academic transcript, letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose.
  • The extent to which overall course of study focuses on Latin America.
  • The level of planned language study. Intermediate and advanced levels are preferred.
  • Financial need as demonstrated by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on the FAFSA

Award Amount

Up to $5,000 in program fees
$2,500 living stipend

Application Deadline: February 1, 2024

Required Application Materials

  • Completed application form
  • Statement of purpose detailing how you plan to use the language in your degree program and career (1-2 pages)
  • UCLA transcript (graduate students in their first year at UCLA may submit transcripts from last school attended)
  • 2 letters of recommendation (Note that requests for letters of recommendation will only go out once the application is submitted, so please plan to have your materials ready a couple of weeks in advance of the deadline, to give your letter writers time to submit.)

More Information

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