Published: Jan. 22, 2024

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

For CU-Boulder Graduate and Undergraduate Students and Metropolitan State University of Denver Undergraduate Students

Application Deadline: February 15, 2024

Program Description

FLAS fellowships administered by the Center for Asian Studies (CAS) are awarded competitively to students studying modern Asian languages. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) funds and oversees these awards, under the provisions of Title VI of the Higher Education Act. Funding is contingent upon annual ED program approval, Federal regulations, and continued Congressional funding, all of which may change from year to year. FLAS awards cannot be deferred.

CAS is offering summer and academic year fellowships to CU-Boulder graduate and professional school students for summer 2024 and academic year 2024-25.

CAS is also offering summer fellowships for CU-Boulder and Metropolitan State University of Denver undergraduate students who can demonstrate financial need for summer 2024.

Eligible Languages
All modern Asia languages offered on the CU-Boulder campus; additional Asian languages can be considered for summer awards pending additional approval.

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Hindi/Urdu
  • Indonesian*
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Tibetan*

* Additional approval required after selection; consult with CAS for information.

Program Eligibility

Graduate Awards

Students are eligible to receive an Academic Year or Summer fellowship if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • AY fellowships: Incoming or continuing degree-seeking CU graduate student; must pursue full-time study in accordance with CU requirements
  • Summer fellowships: Continuing CU full-time, degree-seeking graduate student or will be enrolled in an intensive Asian language course at CU in the summer 
  • Citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States
  • Will be enrolled in a formal modern Asian language course during the each term of the fellowship (native speakers of the language to be studied are not eligible)
  • Will enroll in at least one Asian area studies course each semester (AY fellows)
  • Have completed at least one year of study of the Asian language they will study during the period of the fellowship, or already have advanced proficiency in a different Asian language. (Alternatively, advanced proficiency may be in a non-Asian language if it is directly relevant to applicant’s interest in Asian studies, such as advanced proficiency in French related to an interest in Vietnam.)

Undergraduate Awards

Students are eligible to receive a Summer fellowship if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Continuing CU-Boulder or MSU Denver undergraduate full-time, degree-seeking student
  • Citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States
  • Will be enrolled in a formal modern Asian language course during the period of the fellowship (native speakers of the language to be studied are not eligible)
  • Have completed at least one year of study of the Asian language they will study during the period of the fellowship
  • Can demonstrate financial need, as indicated by FAFSA Estimated Family Contribution
  • Additional information for MSU Denver students

Summer Fellowship Program Requirements

  • Intended to provide the equivalent of one AY of intensive language study
  • All programs require approval prior to program start; CU’s credit-bearing summer Asian language offerings are pre-approved
  • Advanced programs (3rd year and above) must offer a minimum of 120 contact hours
  • Beginning (1st year; only allowed for graduate students studying a second Asian/related language, as described above) or Intermediate (2nd year) programs must offer a minimum of 140 contact hours
  • Field trips or other cultural content does not count toward contact hours
  • Program duration must be at least 6 weeks
  • Both domestic and overseas intensive language programs can receive approval, provided that they meet above criteria
  • Students should complete the full program and receive grades and submit transcripts to CAS for all FLAS coursework

Award Benefits
2024 Summer FLAS Fellowship (Graduate and Undergraduate Awards)

  • Tuition: FLAS will cover up to $5,000 of tuition and fees. 
  • Stipend: FLAS will provide a stipend of $3,500. 

2024-25 Academic Year FLAS Fellowship (Graduate Awards Only)

  • Tuition: FLAS will cover up to $18,000 of tuition and fees ($9,000/semester). 
  • Stipend: FLAS will provide a stipend of $20,000 ($10,000/semester). 

Find additional requirements and application guidelines here.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2024
Contact FLAS Coordinator Lucy Lin (flas@colorado.edu) with any questions.


Edward G. Seidensticker Japan Summer Research Grant

The Center for Asian Studies invites CU Boulder graduate students working on Japan to apply for the Edward G. Seidensticker Japan Summer Research Grant. The Center will offer several grants of up to a maximum of $1200 each to help fund graduate-level research on Japan, Japanese language study in a formal program, or a combination of research and language study during Summer 2024.

All graduate students in good standing as of Spring 2024 are invited to apply. Applicants will be required to submit:

  • A two-page statement of purpose showing how grant funding would support their Japan-related research project or language study 
  • ​An application form (available here)
  • ​C.V. 
  • Unofficial transcripts for all higher education institutions attended
  • An itemized budget detailing anticipated expenses for the research project/language program
  • A letter of recommendation

    Funding is limited, so applicants are encouraged to submit reasonable and realistic budgets.

Application Information:

Send application materials via email to cas@colorado.edu. Write “Seidensticker Grant Application” in the subject line. 

Application deadline is February 15, 2024 at 5 p.m. MST.

Award recipients will be required to submit a report in Fall 2024 detailing the nature of their research/linguistic progress and the impact of the Seidenstickerfunding for CAS marketing and program development use.  

If you have questions about this opportunity, please direct them to CAS Executive Director Danielle Rocheleau Salaz.


Undergraduate Tibetan and Himalayan Studies Scholarship for Study Abroad, Language Study, and/or Independent Research

Interested in the Himalayas? Stretching from Ladakh and Dharamsala in the west, through Nepal, and then east into Sikkim, Bhutan, and the Indian Himalayas, this region offers geographic, cultural, linguistic, and religious diversity.

The Tibet Himalaya Initiative and Center for Asian Studies invite scholarship applications from CU undergraduate students. Awards in amounts up to $2,500 are available for summer 2024. This scholarship is made possible thanks to funding from the US Department of Education’s Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages program. 

Join us for a virtual information session on summer scholarship opportunities for research on or in the Tibet-Himalaya region, co-hosted by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, the Tibet Himalaya Initiative, and the Center for Asian Studies.

The session will be held on February 6th from 10:30am-11:00am on Zoom. You can sign up here: https://www.colorado.edu/urop/outreach

Learn more here: https://www.colorado.edu/cas/ths-scholarship

This scholarship has a rolling deadline, but we encourage you to apply early to ensure the funds have not run out.

Please contact CAS Accounting and Grant Assistant Lucy Lin at Lucy.Lin@colorado.edu with questions.