Financial Aid & Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
Financial aid, in the form of the Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships, is available to both undergraduate and graduate students through the African Studies Center. The application deadline for all types of aid (Academic Year and Summer) is February 15, annually.
Undergraduate Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) scholarships are available to students who are currently or will be at the intermediate or advanced level of study of an African language. First-year language students are not eligible, but should apply in February of their first-year of study to be funded for their second year. Only U.S. citizens, nationals or permanent residents are eligible. Recipients are required to enroll in one African language course and one area studies course each semester of the award period. The undergraduate fellowship is equal to a $10,000 tuition waiver and a $5,000 living stipend for the award year.
Graduate Student Financial Aid
African Studies Graduate Students
The African Studies Center has a limited number of scholarships available to graduate students. A number of factors will be considered in assessing the financial aid application, but foremost will be student’s level of engagement with African and African-language studies as a part of their graduate coursework.
The African Studies Center awards a limited number of Foreign Language Area Studies fellowships. These awards are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. FLAS awardees receive $15,000 stipends along with an $18,000 tuition waiver (the Graduate School pays the remainder of the student’s tuition making the FLAS a full-tuition award.)
Summer FLAS fellowships are available to study African languages at domestic or at overseas programs. They provide up to $5000 in funding for tuition and a $2500 stipend to covering living expenses. For students studying overseas, the African Studies Center may be able to provide up to $1000 in extra funding to cover travel expenses.
The African Studies Center in conjunction with BU Summer Term offers the opportunity to study the equivalent of one-year of African languages during summer terms I and II. Find out more here.