Student Funding

CSEAS is supported by U.S. Department of Education Title VI funding, which provides Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students to study Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian languages. Academic-year fellowships cover tuition and fees and a monthly stipend. Summer fellowships offer funding for intensive language study at approved institutions in Southeast Asia or in the US. CSEAS also administers the Clark and Arlene Neher Graduate Fellowship for the Study of Southeast Asia. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, see below.

Summer 2017 FLAS fellowships 

Deadline to apply: Jan. 1, 2017

Summer FLAS fellowships provide for the study of Southeast Asian languages at approved educational institutions, including those in Southeast Asia, during the summer. This includes the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Priority will be given to students planning to study a language in Southeast AsiaQualified undergraduate or graduate students from any accredited U.S. institution are invited to apply.

NOTE: If you are also applying for a 2017-18 academic-year FLAS award, you will only need to submit one form. Indicate on the form that you would like to be considered for both summer and academic-year awards. You will not have to submit another form or collect additional letters of recommendation for consideration in the academic-year round. For more information, contact Assistant Director Eric Jones at

Summer Fellowship details - Undergraduate and Graduates   

2017 list of approved overseas summer language programs eligible for FLAS fellowship funding (pdf)

Please note: Students may also apply to other summer language consortium programs, i.e., ASK (Advanced Study of Khmer in Phnom Penh, Cambodia), AST (Advanced Thai Abroad at Chiang Mai University, Thailand), and COTI (Consortium for the Study of Indonesian in Central Java, Indonesia), and may use FLAS funding for these programs as long as they meet the minimum contact hours and weeks in duration.Contact CSEAS for details at

Language Reference Form 

2017-18 Academic Year FLAS fellowships

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2017

Each year CSEAS selects a number of qualified undergraduate and graduate students who have already completed one year of SEA language study for academic-year FLAS fellowships.  Academic-year fellowships provide for the study of the following Southeast Asian languages at NIU during fall and spring semesters:Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Tagalog or Thai. If interested in studying Vietnamese, contact CSEAS directly, or 815-753-1771.

FLAS Application: Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Language Reference Form 

Letter of Recommendation Form

2017-18 Clark and Arlene Neher Graduate Fellowship
for the Study of Southeast Asia

Deadline: February 1, 2017

Endowed by Clark and Arlene Neher, this fellowship will pay $4,000 toward educational expenses in addition to a tuition waiver from the Graduate School. This award competition is open to US and international students, and is granted without regard to citizenship, race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, or sexual orientation.

Applicants must be in good standing at NIU at an advanced stage in their program, either master's and/or doctoral, and be planning field and/or archival research in Southeast Asian studies. The fellowship may be used to support research-related expenses with funds obtained through the refund mechanism on Bursar accounts with zero balance. This award is routed through the Office of Student Financial Aid and applied directly to the student's Bursar's account.

Application for Clark and Arlene Neher Graduate Fellowship