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.

New online FLAS application form!

There is just one FLAS fellowships form; just specify whether you want to apply for summer, academic year, or both. For more information about FLAS awards, contact CSEAS Assistant Director Eric Jones at or call the Center at 815-753-1771.

Letter of Recommendation form

Language Reference form

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Summer 2017 FLAS fellowships 

Deadline to apply: Jan. 1, 2017

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student from any accredited U.S. institution, you are eligible to apply for a summer FLAS fellowship. These awards 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 Asia More details on the summer FLAS here.

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

2017-18 Academic Year FLAS fellowships

Deadline to apply: Feb. 1, 2017

If you are an undergraduate and graduate student who has successfully completed one year of Southeast Asian language study, you are eligible to apply for an academic-year FLAS award. These awards provide for the study of Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Tagalog or Thai during fall and spring semesters. If interested in studying Vietnamese, contact CSEAS directly at or 815-753-1771. Undergraduate FLAS details here. Graduate student details here

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

Deadline to apply: Feb. 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.

You must be a graduate student in good standing at NIU at an advanced stage in your 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