FLAS Summer 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 full-time 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. 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. Contact Lindsay Moats, lmoats@fas.harvard.edu, with any questions.


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

  • Applicant must be pursuing an immersive language program that is at least six weeks in duration and offers at least 140 contact hours

  • 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


DEADLINE for FLAS Summer Grants: March 1, 2023 at 11:59 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 the Summer FLAS Supplemental Application

  • Current resume/CV

  • Two letters of recommendation (one from a language instructor and one from an area studies instructor). Letters of recommendation should also be submitted through CARAT by the grant deadline. (Recommenders outside Harvard University may e-mail or mail recommendations directly to the Center for African Studies Student Support & Outreach Officer Lindsay Moats at lmoats@fas.harvard.edu 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.