The highly competitive Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The fellowship assists meritorious graduate and undergraduate students undergoing intensive training in modern languages and related area or international studies.
FLAS Applications for AY 2017-18 and Summer 2017 are now closed. Notifications of awards will be sent out at the end of March 2017. The next application period will be in January 2018. See below for application details.
Please gather all the documents below before you start the application as there is no option to save or resume the application.
- Data needed for the application form: name, status and classification at UT-Austin, UT issued EID, biographical and contact information, Texas residency status, citizenship information, academic information (major, department, advisor and contact information, GPA, etc), language of study and level of language study, career goal information, date of FAFSA submission, acknowledgments to release FAFSA information and abide by FLAS Fellowship requirements.
- FAFSA application completed at http://finaid.utexas.edu/financialaid/process/applying.html
- Current CV limited to two (2) pages (email to email@example.com with other required materials)
- Copies of your current UT transcript, or most recent transcripts, if you are an incoming student (email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to SAI). Incoming graduate applicants must include a copy of their GRE scores (email to email@example.com or mail to SAI).
- Proposed course work - for each semester list 1 lanuage study course and 1 area studies course (based on past course schedules)
- Three brief essays on:
Previous Language Training: Discuss each language in which you have had formal training (undergraduate or graduate), the number of years of instruction, and the school attended. If your language facility was gained in other ways, such as through overseas experience, explain where, when, and indicate current proficiency [125-175 words].
Academic and Career Goals: In one paragraph, describe how the language and area training you receive during the period of your FLAS fellowship will help prepare you to achieve your academic and career goals [125-175 words].
Research and Coursework: Describe your training to date, your primary research interests, and the themes in your coursework and/or thesis or dissertation projects [500-1500 words]. The evaluation committee understands that beginning or early graduate students may have rudimentary thesis or dissertation plans, while more advanced students will be able to lay out plans for major research projects in some detail. Likewise, the committee understands that essays from those in professional schools or other non-thesis degree programs will be quite different from essays written by students planning theses or dissertations. So, view this essay as a chance to inform the committee of your current thoughts on how you hope to advance knowledge in your field or use your training to prepare for valuable work in a profession.
- The names and email addresses of two (2) academic references and one (1) language study reference.
NOTE: Applicants are responsible for providing correct email addresses and for giving their three references ample time (several weeks!) to agree to write and submit a letter of recommendation. It is preferred for recommendations to come from faculty and for at least one letter to speak to language learning abilities.
Upon submission of the application form, the applicant should contact the three references with a request for each to send their letter and reference form directly to SAI at the address below. The reference form is available at http://www.utexas.edu/cola/southasia/_files/pdf/funding/FLAS%20references.pdf.
Make sure you send your recommenders the following information with your request for a letter: What kind(s) of FLAS you are applying for, include what language you are applying for, and provide a draft of your statement of purpose and CV/resume.
- For Summer FLAS, all information (name and location of institution, website, program cost, number of weeks with 6 week minimum, total contact hours with 120-140 minimum, apx. travel dates, and program dates) for the intensive language center where you plan to study.
Academic Year Awards - for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
For graduate students - The academic year FLAS fellowship provides a $15,000 annual stipend and pays for tuition and required fees (up to a maximum of 9 credit hours). During the fellowship period, FLAS recipients must be enrolled in at least three hours of language instruction and at least one relevant area studies course during each long semester. Both courses must be taken on a letter-grade basis.
For undergraduate students - The academic year FLAS fellowship includes a nine-month stipent of $5,000 plus cost of tuition and course-related fees up to $10,000 per academic year (up to a maximum of 15 hours per semester). During the fellowship period, FLAS recipients must be enrolled in at least three hours of language instruction and at least one relevant area studies course during each long semester. Both courses must be taken on a letter-grade basis.
Summer Awards - for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
The summer FLAS fellowship provides a $2,500 stipend and institutional payments (tuition and course-related fees) up to $5,000. Summer FLAS recipients must enroll in an approved intensive modern South Asian language study program for which the fellowship is granted. SASLI (at the University of Wisconsin) and AIIS (in various places in India) are the most common programs used, but you may attend other universities in the US or other institutions in India, such as the Landour Language School for Intermediate Hindi, if the syllabus is approved and there are at least 150 class contact hours during the fellowship period. The student is responsible for successfully applying for the Summer FLAS intensive language study program.
Summer FLAS recipients must apply to the International Office for Independent Study & Research (ISR) status. SAI will cover ISR-related fees. Students will be registered for ISR 080, which allows them to maintain current student status and covers them under International SOS, UT's overseas emergency plan. Stipends will not be disbursed until students are registered for ISR 080.
- FAFSA Information ***NEW - Fill out FAFSA at http://finaid.utexas.edu/financialaid/process/applying.html
- Official academic transcripts
- GRE or SAT/ACT Scores
- Academic Resume
- Writing Sample (750-1250 words)
- Two letters of academic reference with reference forms
- One letter of language reference with reference form
- Download reference form (PDF 86KB)* (applicants may have to print this form multiple times - one for each reference)
- Download FLAS Fellowship FAQ (PDF 146KB) for more details and fequently asked questions
PLEASE HAVE TRANSCRIPTS AND REFERENCES SENT TO:
FLAS coordinator, South Asia Institute
The University of Texas at Austin, WCH 4.132 (G9300)
Austin, Texas 78712
Phone: (512) 232-9096 Fax: (512) 471-3336
SAI offers academic year funding for the following languages:
- Persian (if it relates directly to the study of South Asia)
- Other approved contemporary South Asian languages
Students from all fields of study, and from all departments, colleges, and schools are eligible to apply for FLAS funding, as long as the student:
- Is a citizen, or a national or permanent resident of the United States;
- Is in a program of study that combines modern foreign language training with an area or international studies emphasis or;
- Is engaged in research and training in the international aspects of professional and other fields of study related to the region of South Asia;
- Is enrolled in a program of modern foreign language training (please refer to the approved language list above);
- For Graduate Students: Is engaged in pre-dissertation study, preparation for dissertation research, or, in certain cases, dissertation research abroad, or dissertation writing;
- For Undergraduate Students: Is enrolled in a program of modern foreign language training at the intermediate or advanced level.
Please Note: Awards will not be made to native speakers of the language nor those who possess fluency equivalent to educated native speakers in the language for which the award is sought.
Important FLAS Fellowship Dates:
- All applications were due on February 10, 2017
- Notifications of awards will be sent out at the end of March 2017
In order to support all students traveling to international locations, UT's International Office has put into place a new travel policy. All enrolled undergraduate, graduate and professional students participating in activities or events abroad (whether required or optional) must obtain authorization to travel abroad. Please go to the the Study Abroad website (link provided below) for information on the steps you must take to comply with this policy before your travel.
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