Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

The Middle East Institute (MEI) is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Middle East National Resource Center and is authorized to award graduate and undergraduate Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. FLAS awards can be for Academic Year study at Columbia, or for intensive summer language study in the U.S. or abroad. The MEI is authorized for Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Hebrew FLAS awards. Academic Year awards for graduate students consist of $18,000 tuition and a stipend of $15,000. Undergraduate FLAS awards consist of a $10,000 tuition and a $5,000 stipend. Summer awards cover tuition up to $5,000 and offer a $2,500 stipend. The annual Academic Year FLAS competition at Columbia is open to students in GSAS, SIPA, and Teacher's College, and the Schools of Business, Journalism, and Law, as well as to undergraduate students at Columbia College, the School of General Studies and Barnard College. All Academic Year fellows must enroll in one language class and one area studies class in both the fall and spring semesters. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in order to apply. The deadline for both Summer and Academic Year applications is late February to early March. All applicants must apply on-line.