The FLAS Fellowship competition is open to US citizens and permanent residents whose academic interests involve studies in East Asia, East Europe, Africa or the Middle East. Approved programs may be interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary and must always include study or research in an approved language of the area of specialization. Nominees and alternates are selected by a World Area Committee composed of faculty representatives from each of the priority fields of study. Nominees must be approved by the US Department of Education before the Fellowship can be finalized.
Subject to US Department of Education approval, academic year FLAS Fellowships may be utilized domestically or overseas for language and area studies. Academic year FLAS awards may also be used for dissertation research, provided the student is at the advanced level of language proficiency. The use of language in dissertation research must be extensive enough to be able to consider the foreign language improvement facilitated by the research equal to the improvement that would be obtained from a full academic year's worth of formal instruction. Fellowships require affiliation with an academic institution or organization approved by the Department of Education.