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Grants & Fellowships

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships


Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, are awarded at UC Berkeley on an annual competitive basis for the academic year and for summer study. FLAS fellowships are only available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Students interested in applying for the academic year award must either be incoming or continuing graduate students planning to study a Southeast Asian language at any level, or undergraduate students who will be either juniors or seniors at the start of the fellowship period planning to study a Southeast Asian language at the intermediate or advanced level.

For graduate students, the fellowship covers tuition fees and provides a stipend of $15,000. For undergraduates, the fellowship provides an award of $10,000 applicable to tuition fees and a stipend of $5,000. Summer awards cover up to $5,000 in tuition fees and provide a stipend of $2,500 for both graduate and undergraduate students.

CSEAS, as a Title VI-funded National Resource Center, administers the FLAS fellowship selection process for UC Berkeley students, while the Graduate Division disburses the funds. A faculty committee reviews applications in February and awards are normally announced in April.

Other requirements: Fellowship recipients will be asked to meet with a designated language instructor at the start of their language course and at the conclusion for a pre- and post-language capacity assessment. For the academic year award, students must study the designated language for full credit and a letter grade and take an area studies course relevant to Southeast Asia each semester.

Other Fellowships


Graduate students are advised to visit the Graduate Fellowship Office to explore other options for funding.

The Blakemore Foundation provides fellowships for advanced-level study of some Southeast Asian languages.

UC Postdoctoral Fellowships