East Europe Academic Year FLAS Fellowships

Special Requirements for Academic Year FLAS Fellowships

  • Open to continuing and incoming full-time Harvard graduate and professional school students
  • Applicants must be accepted for advanced training in both a foreign language and area or international studies OR accepted for research and training in the international aspects of professional (or other) fields of study which involve further development of language proficiency.
  • Academic Year FLAS Fellowships may be used for Language and Area Studies or for Dissertation Research. 
  • Language and Area Studies Fellows must study the FLAS language for credit (4.0 units per term) and a letter grade in fall and spring of the fellowship year.
  • Language and Area Studies Fellows must take at least one area studies course for credit (4.0 units per term) and a letter grade in fall and spring of the fellowship year.
  • Dissertation Research Fellows must pursue dissertation research using the FLAS language overseas for the entire 10-month fellowship period. The projected proficiency gains in the FLAS language must be the equivalent of at least a full year of formal study.

Application Instructions

All FLAS applicants must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the fellowship period. In addition, applicants outside of GSAS must notify their school's financial aid office of their FLAS application and confirm their school's participation in the program.

Continuing Harvard graduate and professional school students and applicants to Harvard graduate and professional programs who will be engaged in East European language and area studies at Harvard throughout the academic year are invited to apply for a FLAS Fellowship using Harvard's online Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT).  If you are a current Harvard student, you will login to CARAT with HarvardKey.  Prospective Harvard students should create an XID to access CARAT.  Search for "FLAS" and select East Europe Academic Year FLAS. 

Eligible languages include: Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, and Yiddish.

Please read through the following information carefully before beginning the application.  All materials must be submitted in English.

The application requires the following information:

  • Basic biographical information
  • FLAS language proficiency
  • Research and professional interests
  • Prior FLAS fellowships held
  • FLAS language to be studied or used in dissertation research abroad
  • Title, affiliation, and contact info for two instructors who will provide letters of reference

PDF File Uploads:

  • Statement of Purpose (up to 2 pages, double-spaced): Describe how the activities to be supported by a FLAS Fellowship relate to your overall academic and professional plans.  Where relevant, comment on how the proposed activities will help to develop regional experts and professionals who are prepared to engage with counterparts in this world area.  This document should be double-spaced and approximately 500 words in length. Please include your full name in the header or footer of your statement of purpose.
  • Dissertation Research Project Proposal (up to 4 pages, double-spaced):  Describe in detail your research plans, including any affiliations or other arrangements you have made to carry out your project (for PhD dissertation research applicants only).
  • Brief Resume or Curriculum Vitae (up to 2 pages): Include academic background, employment history, and major publications or other achievements. List the institutions in which you have studied or worked, institution locations, field(s) of study, degrees, and dates of employment or study.
  • Transcript(s):  Unofficial transcripts for all postsecondary work completed; include final grades for the term immediately prior to the application deadline

Letters of Recommendation:

  • One letter of recommendation from your primary academic advisor or a recent instructor in an area studies discipline. 
  • One letter of recommendation from your most recent instructor of the proposed FLAS language, if available. Otherwise a second letter from a recent area studies instructor.

Referees should upload their letters directly to CARAT (preferred) or mail them to:

FLAS Fellowship Program
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street, Suite S301
Cambridge, MA 02138


Prospective Harvard graduate and professional school students should apply for FLAS by their Harvard school's financial aid deadline, but no later than 5pm EST on January 14, 2021. All application materials and supplements must be received at the Davis Center by this date.


Finalists for FLAS Fellowships will be notified in early March. All FLAS Fellowship nominations are subject to reauthorization of funding by the US Congress and approval by the US Department of Education.