Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

Books in Portuguese. (Photo by Mark Hillary.)

Books in Portuguese. (Photo by Mark Hillary.)

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide funding to students to encourage the study of critical and less commonly taught foreign languages in combination with area studies or international aspects of professional studies. Fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education to promote the training of students who intend to make their careers in higher education, government service, or other employment where knowledge of foreign languages and cultures is essential.

Fellowships are offered for both academic year and summer programs, with applications generally being due in late January or early February for the following summer and year.

The application deadline for both the Academic Year and Summer FLAS was January 31, 2017.

For more information about the program and applications materials, please see

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016-17 Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships!


Jack Chung, City Planning and Public Health, Brazilian Portuguese
Rachel Lim, Ethnic Studies, Spanish
Juliet Nussbaum, Public Health, Spanish
Mathias Poertner, Political Science, Spanish
Naomi Schoenfeld, Anthropology, Spanish
Andrew Snyder, Music, Brazilian Portuguese


Claire Boone, Epidemiology/Biostatistics, Portuguese
Alexandra Brostoff, Comparative Literature, Portuguese
Christopher Carter, Political Science, Quechua
Miles Culpepper, History, Spanish
Giuseppina Forte, Architecture, Brazilian Portuguese
Brent Klapthor, Joint Medical Program, Spanish
Silvia Laserna, Development Practice, Portuguese
Daniel Morberg, Health and Medical Sciences, Brazilian Portuguese
Christa Morris, Joint Medical Program, Spanish
Maria Ochoa-Villicana, Spanish & Portuguese, Portuguese
Maria Kei Oldiges, Development Practice, Portuguese
Saharai Ortiz, Public Health, Portuguese
Ruth Rouvier, Linguistics, Miskitu

Past recipients

Academic Year 2015-16

Heather Bromfield, Architecture/Urban Planning, Brazilian Portuguese
Sara Green, Social Welfare, Spanish 
Marisa Johnson, Business Administration, Brazilian Portuguese
Matthew Pecenco, Economics, Spanish
Zoe Roller, Architecture/Urban Planning, Brazilian Portuguese

Summer 2015

Rina Breakstone, Social Welfare, attended summer language program in Oaxaca to study Spanish
Heather Bromfield, Architecture/Urban Planning, studied Portuguese in Brazil
Laura Dev, Ecology, studied Shipibo in Peru
Lauren Withey, Ecology, attended an advanced Spanish language program in Colombia