Writing Scholarship Applications

Prestigious international and area studies scholarships offer significant financial rewards, prestige, and a stamp of approval to help students throughout their career. Many BYU students apply, but only a few are accepted.

In a recent panel, several faculty members provided briefs on strategies, tips, examples, and insights for successful applications. We strongly encourage all students to listen to the audio archive on the Kennedy Center website.

The Office of Prestigious Scholarships & Fellowships will help students find and apply for prestigious external scholarships. More information can be found on the Office of Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships website.

Outside Funding

Financial support is available through either BYU or NFLP. The career goals of the student determine the source of scholarship funding.

  1. BYU scholarship. Tuition or stipend support is available from this fund for qualified applicants. For more information, please visit the Brigham Young Univeristy Financial Aid Office web site—
  2. National Foreign Language Program (NFLP). Students with a strong and established desire to use their Chinese skills toward government service qualify to apply for this funding. For students interested in a government career, the NFLP funding has financial and career-placement advantages. A service-payback agreement is required for this funding. For more details about the payback agreement, visit the NFLP web site

    To apply for funding through NFLP, go to How To Apply on the NFLP web site for a NFLP fill-able application document.

  3. Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarships (FLAS). Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are funded by the federal government and are offered by the Asian Studies Program to encourage BYU graduate and undergraduate students to study select Asian languages (including Russian) and area studies.

    For information about the scholarship and how to apply, please visit

Chinese Flagship Funding

Students accepted into the Chinese Flagship Program may be eligible for limited support for the overseas capstone program, overseas summer programs, and domestic intensive language summer programs through the Chinese Flagship Center. Academic year Flagship funding is no longer available. Students are strongly encouraged to seek outside funding sources through private donors or scholarships to support their domestic and/or overseas component of the program. See links for various language scholarships.