Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships, authorized under Title VI of the Higher Education Act and administered by the US Department of Education, are available as academic year or summer awards. (*subject to the availability of Title VI funding)

Stanford University's Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) administers the FLAS fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students pursuing training in Latin American Studies and the following Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL): Portuguese, Quechua, and Nahuatl.

The selection of awardees is made annually by the CLAS fellowship committee, which favors candidates who have not previously received FLAS support and can demonstrate financial aid. A FLAS award will be reduced by the amount of any other funding that a student receives in excess of full tuition and the allowable stipend amount.


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Academic Year FLAS Fellowship for Graduate Students (ELIGIBILITY: MA in Latin American Studies and Professional School students)
Application Deadline for AY 2015-16: 
MA in Latin American Studies -  February 23, 2015; Professional School -  May 15, 2015

Academic year fellowships provide full tuition for the academic year and a $15,000 stipend for graduate students undergoing advanced training in designated foreign languages in combination with Latin American Studies and international aspects of professional studies (law, education, engineering). The term of a fellowship is for one academic year or less. Applicants in multiple-year programs must reapply each year.


Summer 2015 FLAS Fellowship for Graduate and Undergraduate Students
Application Deadline: February 23, 2015

Summer fellowships provide tuition up to $5,000 and a $2,500 stipend for a FLAS-approved intensive language course to be taken in the US (preferred) or abroad.

For a list of 2015 Summer approved programs click here.

Applicants may contact CLAS with questions.



Caroline Egan (far right), PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature

"During the summer of 2014, I studied in a 5-week intensive Nahuatl program held at Yale University. I had never studied this language before, but considered it crucial to my dissertation project, which focuses on colonial views of Amerindian languages and cultures. The course exceded my expectations -- instruction in Modern Nahuatl was fast-paced and enabled us to hold short conversations by the end of the first week. The course on Classical Nahuatl emphasized studying authentic colonial documents, something that will be invaluable for my thesis work. In addition, all of the instruction was complemented with frequent discussions of historical developments and contemporary cultural issues. I am very grateful to the IDIEZ instructors for a wonderful class, and to Stanford CLAS for their support of this project."

Monica VanBladel, PhD Student in Iberian and Latin American Cultures

"With the support of the FLAS fellowship through the Stanford CLAS, I spent seven weeks of my summer studying Portuguese in a language-immersion program through Middlebury College. Along with a dedicated group of language learners ā€“ from fellow students to artists and government workers ā€“ I dove into an intensive set of courses on language, literature, and culture in the Lusophone world. Iā€™m especially grateful to have had the opportunity to connect with the professors, visiting lecturers, and artists in residence, all lovely people eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm. And after the unique opportunity of doing everything in Portuguese for nearly two months (extracurricular highlights include late-night samba sing-alongs and the inter-school volleyball tournament), I am now remarkably confident and comfortable navigating both the Portuguese language and the worlds it connects."

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