Foreign Language & Area Studies Grants

The U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Program provides academic year fellowships to institutions of higher education. The grant to GWU was written by the Institute for Middle East Studies and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. The fellowship provides support to graduate students (MA and doctoral) in the following GW schools:

  • The Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA)
  • The Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS)
  • The Graduate School of Education & Human Development (GSEHD)

Executive education students are not eligible for FLAS. Purely online programs are not eligible (regular coursework delivered through virtual instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be covered by FLAS). Graduate students in other GW schools (CPS, GWSB, Law, Milken, Nursing and SMHS) are not eligible for the FLAS Academic Year Fellowship but can still be considered for the FLAS Summer. Interested applicants from other schools should follow up with their respective deans' offices.

Fellowship recipients must enroll in one eligible language course (in Arabic, Mandarin, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Persian, or Turkish) and one eligible area studies course (that covers the Middle East or East Asia) each semester.

Committee decisions are final. Due to the high volume of applications received for this fellowship, feedback on decisions cannot be provided to applicants. We will not make exceptions on late submissions. 


  • Incoming or current GWU graduate students (PhD and Master's candidates) who will be enrolled for Fall and Spring. Summer study will not be covered by this award.
  • Preference is for full-time students. Part-time students will be considered, but if awarded, must go to full-time status for both semesters of the academic year during which they receive the award. 
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States. 
  • The applicant must be in good standing in any discipline or program with an international studies focus. Formal language study must also be an important component of the applicant's academic program, and enrollment in a target language class in each semester of the academic year of the award is required. 
  • While applications from language learners at any proficiency level will be considered, priority will be given to applicants at the intermediate level or beyond. Because the grant is supported with funds from the US Government, applicants demonstrating interest in public service careers are given special consideration. 
  • PhDs applying for dissertation research or dissertation writing and Master's candidates applying for study abroad research are welcome to apply.
  • While not required to submit a FAFSA to be considered, applicants who have established need by submitting a FAFSA will receive preference. 

Special Considerations

Targeted languages include: 


  • Arabic
  • Mandarin
  • Hebrew
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Persian
  • Turkish


Awards will cover up to 20 credits for the academic year. Awards are up to $15,000 in stipend for the academic year. (Awards do not cover Summer Sessions and do not cover fees.) (Awards are contingent on renewal of the U.S. Department of Education grant.)


Application materials, deadlines and additional information can be found on the Graduate Fellowships FLAS page.

Please contact the Office of Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships ( with any questions.


Class Year

  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate
  • Graduate
  • Doctorate


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple


  • Non English


  • Summer

Program Type

  • Graduate Study
  • Language
  • Study Abroad


  • Asia

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