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Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships at MSU

General Information Eligibility Requirements Languages Eligible for FLAS Terms for FLAS Award African Studies Academic Programs for FLAS FLAS Application Procedure Application Form

The 2014-15 FLAS fellowship awards are subject to availability of funds from the U.S. Department of Education.

All application materials needs to be emailed ( and/or mailed to the African Studies Center located at 427 N. Shaw Lane, Room 100 International Center, East Lansing, MI 48824.

Please select 'Application Form' to begin completing the fillable .pdf application. If you have any questions please contact our African Languages Program Coordinator, Galen Sibanda (

General Information


Fellowships for graduate and undergraduate studies in African languages and area studies are expected to be available through the African Studies Center, Michigan State University. Fellowships are brought to you by a grant under Title VI of the Higher Education Act from the U.S. Department of Education.

FLAS Fellows must be full time students, as defined by Michigan State University, (MSU) in an undergraduate or graduate studies program and propose a course of study that includes both language training and related area course work each fall and spring semesters. The course of study for the academic year must include both an African language and an African area studies (non-language) course each semester. The area studies courses should be selected from a list of courses from the African Studies core Curriculum. On occasion, other courses may be substituted for those on the core curriculum in consultation with the FLAS Program Coordinator. The substituted course must also be taught by an Africanist faculty member and at least one-third of the course must concern Africa.

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No FLAS application will be accepted if the application is not submitted and signed by the application deadline. The Signed application serves two purposes:
(1) It indicates the applicant's agreement to waiver his/her right to see the recommendation letters as they are confidential between a referee and the Center, and (2) it is a confirmation of the veracity of the contents of the application.



During years of FLAS grant renewal and in order to facilitate a student's future plans, the Center may conditionally announce fellowship winners subject to approval of funding from the U.S. Department of Education. After the federal government announces the number of fellowships to be awarded to each university, nominees are contacted to accept or reject the fellowship, and alternates are notified. For this reason, for those who will be overseas during the summer, it is important to provide their direct overseas mailing addresses as well as their email addresses.