Academic Year


The Center for European Studies (CES) awards annual Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships, which are funded by the US Department of Education under Title VI of the Higher Education Act. Applicants must be currently enrolled in or accepted to a graduate or undergraduate degree program at the University of Florida or be in the process of applying to a UF graduate program. Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply. FLAS recipients must be enrolled at UF during the grant period. Students in any UF department or college are eligible. Students applying for an academic year fellowship and for a summer intensive fellowship must submit two separate applications. Students from all 16 UF colleges are encouraged to apply.

Please note, we are currently conducting a competition to select potential FLAS recipients for the AY 2018-2019, but actual fellowship commitments will be contingent upon the availability of FLAS funds from the US Department of Education. 

Fellowships are offered for the following lesser and least commonly taught European languages:

  • Czech
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Modern Greek
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Turkish

Undergraduate students are eligible to apply to study these languages at the intermediate or advanced level (i.e. not the first two semesters of the language). Graduate students are eligible to apply at the intermediate and advanced level, but they may also apply at the beginning level if they have already achieved advanced proficiency in another language.  Priority is given to applications for the intermediate or advanced level. In exceptional cases, funding may also be available to support language training in French, German or Spanish.

If you would like to apply for an academic FLAS to study a European language not listed above, please email the CES FLAS program coordinator, Lisa Booth.

It is recommended that fellowship recipients also work toward fulfilling the requirements for a Certificate in Modern European Studies at the graduate level, or a minor or certificate in European Union or East Central European Studies at the undergraduate level.

AY fellowships provide a set stipend per academic year ($15,000 for graduates and $5,000 for undergraduates) and cover the cost of tuition and fees (12 credits for graduate students, 12 credits for undergraduate students, per semester at in-state rates).

Successful applicants will show:

  • Clear promise of completing a graduate or undergraduate degree with a European concentration and a demonstrated need to acquire proficiency in a related language
  • Relevance of the FLAS language and area studies courses to their plan of study
  • An excellent academic record as demonstrated by grades, SAT or GRE scores, and letters of recommendation



Application Deadline Extended to: April 27, 2018

To apply for Academic Year FLAS, please submit the following:

  • Three letters of recommendation with release forms Release Form for Recommendations. Recommenders should send their letters directly to the Center for European Studies at the address below, or via email to Corinne Tomasi ( One of the letters can be a language evaluation.
  • Official transcripts covering at least the past two years of study
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • A 1-2 page Statement of Purpose, which should include: academic and career goals, academic background and experience, and the need for study of the proposed language
  • Proposed tentative course schedule for the Fall and Spring semesters (you must specify the language courses planned; use graduate/undergraduate catalog to plan the rest of the schedule, if actual course schedules are not posted by the application deadline; MUST include course codes and department names).

Application materials should be emailed to Corinne Tomasi at

FLAS Fellowship Committee
UF Center for European Studies
PO Box 117342
Gainesville, FL 32611-7342

FLAS fellowships are renewable but students must reapply annually. Students who are reapplying for a FLAS fellowship must include a recent language evaluation from a language instructor in addition to the letters of recommendation.

For questions contact:

Lisa Booth
UF Center for European Studies
3324A Turlington Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-734

(352) 294-7152