Funding, Eligibility, and Conditions

Each Undergraduate AY FLAS Fellow will receive:

  1. Up to $10,000 for tuition and required fees (up to $5,000 each semester, not to exceed the actual cost of tuition and fees each semester, and taking into consideration the recipient’s other student aid and financial need level); and
  2. $5,000 subsistence allowance ($2,500 each semester).

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must meet all these eligibility requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be enrolled in a UWM Bachelor’s degree program, with preference given to applicants who demonstrate an academic interest in international studies in their course work
  • Demonstrate a strong academic record in all course work
  • Be ready to enroll in a “FLAS-eligible” language course at the third-semester or higher by the start of the fellowship
  • Have filed a completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) with the UWM Financial Aid office
  • Meet with the FLAS coordinator prior to applying
  • Submit a completed application in accordance with the application guidelines on Academic Works

Conditions of the Award: As an undergraduate FLAS Fellow, the following terms and conditions are required:

  1. Each semester, fellows must enroll in full time coursework (12-18 credits) that includes:
    1. One or more foreign language course(s) at the third semester/intermediate level or higher;
    2. One or more area studies course(s) that preferably incorporates substantial learning about aspects of the student’s area of expertise.
  2. Fellows’ studies must take place at UWM and/or on a US/ED pre-approved study abroad program (must be at intermediate or advanced language level to go abroad and must apply through the UWM Study Abroad Office and follow their policies and procedures for studying abroad).
  3. All coursework must be taken for graded credit and passed successfully. Failure to maintain good academic standing and satisfactory progress results in dismissal from the fellowship and repayment of fellowship monies already awarded.
  4. Fellows must complete an instructor administered FLAS language assessment before and after their fellowship. This information will be entered into the International Resource Information System (IRIS), a database used by the US Department of Education to track the FLAS Fellowship program’s contributions to national language proficiency attainment.
  5. Fellows must submit a report on the IRIS database.
  6. Fellows are required to stay in regular contact with their FLAS coordinator and to respond to a survey regarding their use of a foreign language and area studies in employment, education, or training every two years for eight years following the fellowship.

Application Guidelines

To apply, visit uwm.academicworks.com. Search “FLAS” and apply for the Center for International Education for the Fall/Spring. Before applying for the CIE Undergraduate Academic Year Fellowship, you must have a completed general profile on Academic Works.

Late and incomplete applications will not be considered. It is your responsibility to confirm with your recommenders whether letters have been submitted.

A complete FLAS application, done through Academic Works, consists of:

  1. Personal Statement:
  1. Identify the courses you plan to take during Fall and Spring, including whether the courses will be taken at UWM or on a study abroad program. Use your best guess if course availability is unknown.
  2. Explain in detail how the foreign language and area studies courses relate to your academic goals and how you envision utilizing these combined skills in your future career and employment aspirations. Use specific examples.
  3. If studying abroad, Department of Education pre-approval is necessary and you must:
    • Identify the program you plan to attend, at which institution, the program sponsor, semester dates, courses you will take, and language(s) in which the courses are taught. Attach a program brochure of web description and link to the program website;
    • Collect information that indicates the language instructors have a background in language pedagogy training (CV or bio) and proof that the language courses are performance based (course description, syllabus, grading scale).

2. Copy of your unofficial Undergraduate Transcript (available on PAWS).

3. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

  1. From a foreign language instructor with whom you have recently completed a class and is familiar with your academic works.
  2. From a former or current professional (does not have to be faculty, though preferred) that can attest to your academic works.
    • Please ask that each recommender address the following:
      • The context in which they know you;
      • Your academic performance in the classroom as compared to that of your peers;
      • To the extent that they are aware of your interest in and enthusiasm for foreign languages as well as area studies where that language is spoken.

The selection committee reserves the right to request additional pertinent information. Applicants will be notified of their application status approximately three weeks after the application deadline.


Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by a committee composed of UWM faculty from a variety of departments, schools, and colleges, including the languages, in accordance with the following ranking criteria:

  1. Strength of student’s academic record, overall and in desired foreign language classes;
  2. Personal statement relating applicant’s academic/course profile with future career/employment goals; interest in utilizing foreign language and area studies at a professional level; and
  3. Strength of recommendation letters.

Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need consistent with the U.S. Department of Education’s priority for the FLAS Fellowship program.


Funding for the Foreign Language and Areas Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program is made possible through the Office of International and Foreign Language Education, U.S. Department of Education (CFDA 84.01B; Title VI, Higher Education Act).