Financial Assistance & Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

General Information


Update December 11, 2018: We will be announcing the opening of the 2019 FLAS Fellowships competition very soon. The information below will be updated but is left for your reference at this time.


Financial assistance is available to both undergraduate and graduate students through the African Studies Center. The 2018 application deadline for FLAS Fellowships is Friday, February 9, 2018. 

Strong candidates will have good academic standing, GPA, and test scores as well as the goal of advanced proficiency in their language of study. Financial need is also considered.

All applicants must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), with Boston University selected as your school on the form (this will ensure that the information is sent electronically to BU).

Qualifying African languages during the academic year: Akan Twi, Amharic, Arabic, Hausa, Igbo, Swahili, Wolof, Xhosa, and Zulu.

Before beginning your application, please collect two letters of recommendation, and complete one essay (600 words or less) describing how language study will help you achieve future career goals.

Please read through the details of your eligibility below before you begin the new online FLAS application.

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