FLAS Summer Grants

About Summer Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Grants 

Through funding from the United States Department of Education, the Center for African Studies offers Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships, providing tuition and stipend support for Harvard University graduate and undergraduate students interested in intensive for-credit study of an African language in the United States or abroad.

FLAS Fellowships provide for up to $5,000 towards tuition, and a $2,500 fixed living stipend. A $1,000 travel allowance is available for overseas programs, as funding allows. Candidates and alternates are selected by Faculty Committee members, and must be approved by the US Department of Education before the Fellowship can be finalized.


  • Applicant must be a US citizen, US national, or US permanent resident

  • Applicant must be pursuing a program of study combining modern language study with international or area studies, or research and training in international aspects of professional or other fields of study

  • Applicant may not receive concurrent federal support from other sources, except student loans and work/study

  • Summer Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Grants support intermediate and advanced-level study only

  • Applicants must obtain Harvard transfer credit approval

  • Applicants must be continuing full-time students enrolled at Harvard University

  • Applicants may hold concentrators in any field


DEADLINE for FLAS Academic Year Grants for Incoming Graduate Students: DECEMBER 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm (EST)

DEADLINE for FLAS Academic Year Grants for Continuing Harvard Graduate Students: JANUARY 15, 2019 11:59 pm (EST)

DEADLINE for FLAS Summer Grants: FEBRUARY 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm (EST)

  • Award recipients must complete pre- and post-program self-assessments

  • Award recipients must undergo pre- and post-program evaluation by a language instructor

  • Complete CARAT application form, including 2019 - 2020 AY FLAS Application PDF.

  • Current resume

  • Two letters of recommendation (one from a language instructor and one from an area studies instructor). May be emailed or mailed directly to the Associate Director or 1280 Massachusetts Ave., 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA.

  • Current unofficial transcript

  • A statement of purpose. Statement must include how the program will influence the work in your concentration, your research, and/or your future professional study/career aspirations. Please include the names of published articles and titles of research papers where applicable. Note: The recommended length for the statement of purpose is one page, double-spaced.