East Europe Summer FLAS Fellowships

Special Summer FLAS Requirements

In addition to the general FLAS eligibility requirements, the following requirements pertain to the Summer FLAS Fellowship for East Europe.

Summer FLAS Fellowships support intermediate and advanced level intensive summer study of the following languages: Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, and Yiddish. Other languages of the region may also be eligible; contact reeca@fas.harvard.edu with questions.  

Graduate students who already have advanced level proficiency of one regional language may, by petition, apply for Summer FLAS to study a second regional language the elementary level.

Non-Harvard students may apply for Summer FLAS for use in an eligible Harvard Summer School intensive language program. 

Additional Applicant Eligibility Criteria for Undergraduates

  • Open to all Harvard undergraduates except graduating seniors
  • Concentrators in any field; priority will be given to applicants in "STEM" fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
  • Intermediate and advanced-level study only
  • Awards in Russian may be used at the advanced level only (Russian 101/103 or equivalent)
  • Must obtain Harvard transfer credit approval

Program Eligibility

  • Equivalent to one year of instruction
  • For academic credit and letter-graded
  • Minimum of 120 (advanced level) or 140 (intermediate level) hours of instruction over 6 or more weeks
  • Overseas programs must be at the intermediate or advanced level
  • Overseas programs are subject to approval by the US Department of Education

How to Apply

Apply for the East Europe Summer FLAS via 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.  

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

The application requires the following information:

  • Basic biographical information
  • Research and professional interests
  • Prior FLAS fellowships held (graduate and undergraduate)
  • FLAS language to be studied
  • FLAS language proficiency
  • Language program details (dates and contact hours of instruction; URL or PDF of program brochure that includes this information) 
  • Affiliation and contact information for the FLAS language instructor from whom you are requesting a reference (typically your most recent instructor in the FLAS language).

PDF File Uploads:

  • Statement of Purpose: Describe how the proposed intensive language course relates to your overall academic and professional plans.  Where relevant, comment on how your proposed activities will help to develop regional experts and professionals who are prepared to engage with counterparts in this world area. Please also indicate any other fellowships applied for and the status of those applications. Your statement should be no longer than 500 words (2 pages, double-spaced). Be sure to include your full name in the header or footer of each page of your statement.
  • 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): A scan of your current official or unofficial transcript; include final grades for the term immediately prior to the application deadline.  Optional: Applicants in the first year of graduate school may also submit their official undergraduate transcript.

Language Reference:

  • One letter of recommendation, completed by a recent instructor of the proposed FLAS language or by a recent area studies instructor who can comment on the relevance of your proposed study of the FLAS language to your overall program of study. Letters of recommendation should be uploaded to CARAT. 

As an alternative, your instructor may mail a hard copy to the Davis Center:

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


All application materials for the East Europe Summer FLAS Fellowship, including the online application form, supplements, and the letter of reference, must be received by 12:00 noon on Friday, February 8, 2019.


Summer FLAS Fellowship nominations will be announced in March 2019. All FLAS Fellowship nominations are subject to reauthorization of funding by the US Congress and approval by the US Department of Education.