Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

Books in Portuguese. (Photo by Mark Hillary.)

Books in Portuguese. (Photo by Mark Hillary.)

2021-22 FLAS Applications now available

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide funding to graduate 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.

CLAS is offering FLAS awards to graduate students students studying Spanish, Portuguese, Nahuatl, or other Latin American languages. Fellowships are offered for both academic year and summer programs.

FLAS application for Summer 2021 and Academic Year 2021–22

Applications for Summer 2021 and Academic Year 2021-22 are due Wednesday, January 27, 2021.


Past recipients of the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships


Alejandra Sanchez Decker, Spanish and Portuguese, Nahuatl
Justin Greene, Anthropology, Portuguese
Christian Robert Monteiro Ribeiro, Social Welfare, Spanish
Emily Fjaellen Thompson, Anthropology, Quechua


Zachary Butzin-Dozier, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Portuguese
Lily MacIver, City and Regional Planning, Portuguese
Nicole Ramsey, African American and African Diaspora Studies, Garifuna
Emily Thompson, Anthropology, Quechua
Jonathan Turner, Ethnomusicology, Portuguese


Ailén Vega, Geography, Portuguese
Ángel Ross, Sociology, Spanish
Anna Leversee, Social Welfare, Haitian Creole
Cezanne Bianco, School of Public Health, Portuguese
Darius Gordon, Education, Portuguese
Jonathan Turner, Ethnomusicology, Portuguese
Ramón de Santiago, History of Art, Nahuat
Yessica Porras, History of Art, Quichua


Erin Banks Rusby, Graduate School of Journalism, Spanish
Isa Ammar Krsna Gaillard, City and Regional Planning, Spanish
Leslie Aguayo, City and Regional Planning, Portuguese
Heather Regen, Goldman School of Public Policy, Portuguese 
Taryn Ness, School of Public Health and Social Welfare, Spanish

Academic Year, 2016-17

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

Summer 2016

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

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