The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship competition is open to undergraduate (including Barnard College) and graduate students who are US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a full-time program (either at Columbia University or overseas) that combines modern foreign language training with international or area studies.
PhD candidates applying for FLAS dissertation writing or dissertation research abroad must be already at the advanced level of language proficiency. The use of the foreign language in dissertation research must be extensive enough to be able to consider the language improvement facilitated by the research equal to improvement that would be obtained from a full academic year's worth of formal classroom instruction. Please note that since the FLAS program is for language acquisition, use of the FLAS fellowship for dissertation writing or dissertation research is not encouraged by the US Department of Education.
All overseas programs of study must be at the intermediate or advanced level of language proficiency and must be approved by the United States Department of Education at least thirty (30) days prior to the start of the program.