The Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship: Contemporary European Languages

Meet a FLAS Fellow

Kelly Swanson

FLAS Profile

Kimberly Hoang received the Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year from the Center for European Studies. In Spring 2017, she will receive her Master of Public Health degree in Maternal and Child Health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is excited to complement her interest in the health of families, women and children with her passion for foreign languages. Ultimately, with Arabic she plans to improve the health of Arabic-speaking refugee communities in order to alleviate the suffering endured by the enormous number of displaced persons across the world today. She is incredibly grateful to be a FLAS recipient and for the opportunity to learn a language as a tool to enhance lives.

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships support students taking less-commonly taught languages and area studies coursework. The Center for European Studies offers both Academic Year and Summer Fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students. The Fellowship is designed to help students achieve their career goals, such as employment with the U.S. government.

The Academic Year fellowship is a non-service fellowship that requires students to take one European language course and one area studies course related to Contemporary European Studies each semester during the academic year. Priority languages are Turkish, Arabic, and Portuguese in a European context. Graduate students can receive full tuition and a stipend of $15,000; undergraduate students can receive up to $10,000 towards tuition and fees plus a stipend of $5,000 and must plan to take the language at intermediate or advanced level.

Summer FLAS Fellowships support intensive summer language study for students. Priority is given to Turkish, Arabic, and Portuguese as well as to Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Polish, Romanian, or Serbian. Up to $5,000 for tuition and fees and a $2,500 living allowance are provided. Undergraduate applicants must plan to pursue an intermediate or advanced language program.

At the graduate level, students must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a program of graduate or professional study. Graduate students must be in the intermediate or advanced level of study. Graduate students can apply for the beginning level of a less commonly taught language if they have achieved advanced proficiency in another European language and if learning a second language of that world area is required for the student’s overall training and expertise. (For example: If applying as a beginner in Turkish, applicants must have advanced knowledge of either French, Spanish, German, or another European language).

Full-time students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply. FLAS Fellowships are possible because of a grant provided from the U.S. Department of Education to the Center for European Studies. Students apply through the FLAS@UNC online application. Please visit for more information, including dates for upcoming information sessions, or email Katie Shanahan Lindner, CES FLAS Coordinator, at with any questions.