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The Middle East Center is now accepting applications for FLAS Fellowships for the academic year 2018-2019 and Summer 2018 from undergraduate and graduate students.

Please click here to learn more about FLAS fellowships.

For eligibility requirements and other questions please visit our FAQs page here.


** Funding for the 2018-2019 academic year FLAS fellowship is contingent upon renewal of the Department of Education's Title VI grant.

The languages most commonly studied are Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish, but other Middle Eastern languages may also be approved. Middle East Center is also accepting applications for Kurdish and Tajik for qualifying programs during the current US Department of Education FLAS Grant cycle of 2014-2018. 

For instructions, see here.

For further information, contact:


  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent residents
  • Must be admitted to or enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program of study
  • Must have research or career plans that require the use of a Middle Eastern language 
  • Must show potential for superior academic achievement based on academic record
  • Must have minimum of intermediate-level proficiency in the FLAS language​, in which you are applying
Summer FLAS Fellowship:

  • Summer FLAS Fellowships allow current Penn undergraduate and graduate students to complete the equivalent of one academic year of Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Kurdish, Tajik or Turkish during the summer
  • The FLAS Fellowship may be used for both domestic or international study
  • Programs should be a minimum of six weeks long and should include 140 contact hours for students at the intermediate level and 120 contact hours for students at the advanced level.
  • Both undergraduate and graduate will receive up to $5,000 toward tuition and a stipend of $2,500
  • The deadline for the summer 2018 FLAS Fellowship is on January 19, 2018

Academic Year Fellowship:


  • FLAS awards may be used for the study of intermediate, advanced, and post-advanced Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Kurdish, Tajik, or Turkish
  • Beginners in any of these languages may apply for a FLAS Fellowship, but must be able to place into an intermediate-level course at the beginning of the Fellowship period or have reached a higher level of proficency in a similar language to the one applied for with the fellowship
  • FLAS Fellows are required to take an area studies and a language course each semester of the fellowship
  • Successful applicants to the Academic Year program must then enroll both semesters of the Fellowship year in a modern Middle Eastern language and an area-studies or professional studies course related to the Middle East. 
  •  AY graduate student FLAS fellows will receive $18,000 toward tuition and a $15,000 stipend
  • Undergraduate FLAS fellows will receive $10,000 toward tuition and a $5,000 stipend
  • The deadline for the academic year 2018-2019 FLAS fellowship is on January 19, 2018




MEC FLAS Spotlight!
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Gareth Smail is a PhD student in Educational Linguistics at the Graduate School of Education. His research focuses on international development, literacy, and language pedagogy in North Africa. Prior to joining Penn, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco and worked as a development consultant and researcher while living Algeria. He holds an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. Since completing his FLAS fellowship, Gareth reported from Morocco on language policy reforms as a fellow with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. He is currently planning an ethnographic research project in Morocco on socialization practices around literacy in public schools.