Financial Aid and Scholarships


KU offers a range of support for domestic undergraduate and graduate studies, as well as for study abroad. The following scholarships are those specific to support of foreign language study.

For a comprehensive listing of all available scholarships, please visit Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Helen Brownson Scholarship

Helen Brownson (1917–2017) earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas in 1938 with a major in Spanish and minors in English and French. Born in Kansas City, Kansas, she worked most of her life as a federal government employee coordinating systems for information exchange and preservation. Her pioneering work in these areas contributed to the creation of the fields of information science and computational linguistics. Her gernerous gift provides scholarships for students demonstrating a clear commitment to learning foreign languages and cultures.

The scholarship is intended for a rising sophomore majoring in a language in the departments of African and African-American Studies; East Asian Languages & Cultures; French, Francophone & Italian Studies; German Studies; Slavic and Eurasian Languages and Literatures; or Spanish & Portuguese. Alternatively, students committed to studying a languages offered up to the advanced level but not offered as a major may also apply. This scholarship is renewable for up to two additional years. The scholarship award for AY 2020-21 was $5,000.

Please visit the appropriate departmental website for more information.

Lutz and McLean Study Away Scholarship

The Lutz and McLean Study Away Scholarship is made possible by the generous donations of Ms. Ellen McLean & Dr. Dave Lutz. As neither traveled abroad during their time at KU, the scholarship is intended to provide an opportunity for a new generation of students to develop a broader view of the world and their place within it. This scholarship is open to KU undergraduate students studying a language at KU other than English (or their native language) and for whom a study abroad experience would be their first opportunity to spend a significant time living outside the United States. Either one $1,000 scholarship or two $500 scholarships will be awarded annually.

Please visit Office of Study Abroad and Global Engagement for more information.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and support for graduate and undergraduate students studying the languages and cultures of specific foreign countries, in particular those deemed to be of critical need. Funding for these grants are administered by the Kansas African Studies Center, the Center for East Asian Studies, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Undergraduate Academic Year FLAS Fellowships provide up to $10,000 for tuition and a $5,000 stipend. Graduate Academic Year FLAS Fellowships provide up to $18,000 for tuition and a $15,000 stipend. Summer FLAS Fellowships (both undergraduate and graduate) provide up to $5,000 for summer tuition and a stipend of $2,500; modest travel funds may also be available for summer fellowships.

Please visit Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for more information.

Project Global Officers (GO)

Project Global Officers (GO) provides funding for students in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) to study critical languages and develop regional expertise and intercultural skills during intensive summer study. Funded by the National Security Education Program and Defense Language National Security Education Office, the scholarship covers all costs for introductory-level instruction in Japanese or Russian on the Lawrence campus, and for Arabic at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco or for Portuguese at the Clara Ramos Institute in Salvador, Brazil.

Please visit Project GO for more information.

Language Training Center (LTC)

The Language Training Center (LTC) program provides training for Department of Defense (DoD) personnel in strategic languages and regional area studies by leveraging existing university programs to meet specific DoD training needs. The KU LTC, one of only nine such centers in the country, provides instruction at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and a range of intensive language courses on the Lawrence campus during the summer. The Language Training Center covers all instructional costs of the program, including tuition, fees and textbooks.

Please visit KU LTC for more information.