The summer FLAS award should provide each fellow with the equivalent of a full academic year’s worth of language instruction. Students at the intermediate level must have at least 140 contact hours while advanced students must have at least 120 contact hours of language study. All language instruction programs must meet for a minimum of 6 weeks. Summer awards are not available for dissertation research.
The Summer FLAS award competition is open to UC Berkeley graduate students. Students seeking to enroll in an overseas language program must be at the intermediate or advanced level of language proficiency. FLAS awards may only be used for an overseas language program at the beginning level when a similar program is not available in the United States. Language programs must comply with FLAS guidelines. All students must demonstrate a commitment to the world area (not limited to Latinx populations in the U.S.) and to their field in the next stage of their professional or academic careers.
Priority will be given to students seeking to study Latin American languages other than Spanish, although awards for Spanish are available at the advanced level. FLAS grants cannot be awarded for beginning level language training, and to be eligible for FLAS, a graduate student must have completed at least two semesters of study of the target language by the start of the fellowship. However, an exception might be made for the beginning level of a less-commonly taught language (LCTL) if a graduate student has already achieved advanced proficiency in a Latin American language, and if the student can demonstrate that learning another language is required for his/her overall training and expertise. For questions regarding specific language programs and student eligibility, please contact the Center for Latin American Studies.
The Summer FLAS Fellowship covers language program fees up to $5,000 and provides a stipend of $2,500.