Instructions for Applying for Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships


Application Instructions

Each fellowship application requires creation of a free online Interfolio account and completion of the application in that system. In addition to entering information into the account, you will need to upload:

  1. A personal statement regarding your planned use of the FLAS fellowship. This is a one-page, single-spaced, essay describing why this language study is essential to realizing your study and career goals.
  2. Your curriculum vitae.
  3. Unofficial higher education transcript(s) of your most recent academic work, whether at the University of Pennsylvania or another university or college, in digital format.  Transcripts may be verified during the review process.
  4. Two letters of recommendation (you will request them through the system). When you ask the faculty members for a recommendation, tell them that all letters of recommendation must specifically address how a FLAS would contribute to your current program of study or would be integrated with it.

NOTE: If you are applying for both summer and academic-year FLAS awards, you need to submit two separate applications, including separate letters of recommendation and a one-page essay for each competition.


If you have your application materials gathered, click on the appropriate link below to start your Interfolio FLAS application:

Apply for a summer 2015 FLAS

Apply for an academic year 2015-16 FLAS


There are separate competitions, for the Academic Year FLAS and for the Summer FLAS, for which two separate and complete applications are required by the following deadlines:


Summer 2015 fellowship: February 27, 2015.

Academic year 2015-16 fellowship: February 27, 2015.


For More Information

To learn more about FLAS, contact the appropriate FLAS Coorindator, or visit the FLAS Frequently Asked Questions page.