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FLAS Application Procedure: Graduate

Funding for the 2018-19 AY is contingent on CES receiving funds from the US Department of Education. We welcome you to apply for the FLAS but will not know if we have funding until late spring 2018. Therefore, we encourage you to seek other funding in addition to the FLAS.

Summer 2018 and AY 2018-19 FLAS APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN.

When are applications due?
Both the summer and the acedemic year applications are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, February 9, 2018. In order to be fair to everyone, this is a very strict deadline and we cannot accept applications beyond that date and time.

How do I submit a FLAS application?
First, choose the appropriate application (AY or summer) from the sidebar on the right. Save the application and complete the necessary information. Once complete, submit the application to the Center with the supplementary materials. PLEASE DO NOT STAPLE ANY PORTION OF THE APPLICATION.

  • Via e-mail (
  • In person (Mezes 3.304)
  • By Campus Mail (A1800)
  • By Postal Mail (Center for European Studies, 158 W 21st St, A1800, Austin, TX 78712)

What information should I include?

  1. Application form
  2. 2-page proposal addressing how language study will aid your career and/or research goals. May be single or double spaced.
  3. CV
  4. UT transcript (student or unofficial copy is acceptable)
  5. SAT (undergraduate) or GRE (graduate) scores (unofficial scores are acceptable)
  6. Two letters of recommendation 

I'm applying for the Academic Year and the Summer Fellowships. Do I need to complete two applications?
Since we have different selection committees, you will need to submit a separate application packet, including supplementary materials, for both the AY and the Summer FLAS.

Can you just get my scores or transcripts from the school where I applied for admission?
Unfortunately, we don't have access to that information and need you to submit the information with your application packet.

What do you want to see in the 2-page proposal?
Your proposal is your personal statement to the selection committee and should include any information that you think will be helpful to them. You might consider including information about what you are studying, why you want to study your proposed language, and what your future plans are, but the statement's contents are completely up to you.

What should my CV look like?
A CV, or curriculum vitae, is an overview of your experience, or your resume. You may put your CV in any format but we ask that you keep them relatively short (no more than 4 pages).

What type of UT transcript do you need?
We feel strongly that applying for the CES' FLAS Fellowship should not cost money, so we will accept official UT transcripts ($10) OR UT Academic Summaries (free).
Information about UT transcripts

What do my SAT or GRE scores need to look like?
Similar to transcripts, we know that accessing your official scores often costs money. Therefore, we will accept unofficial scores for your SAT or GRE including screen shots or a copy of previous reports. 

Who should write my letters of recommendation?
It is up to you who you ask to write your letters of recommendation. Often, letters come from faculty, either from UT Austin or another institution where you have studied. They do not have to be from a foreign language instructor. However, we will also accept letters from non-faculty, such as employers. Our strongest recommendation would be to have the letter come from someone who knows you well and can speak to your strengths rather than asking someone who has taught you recently but might not know much about you.

How should the letters be delivered?
You may have them send their letter directly to the Center either via e-mail ( or postal mail. We will combine them with your submitted application. If you submit the letters with your application, they should be in a sealed envelope. 

I've asked for letters to be sent directly to the Center. How will I know if they have been received?
If you have asked those writing your letters of recommendation to submit them directly to the Center, you should send an e-mail to the Center BEFORE the final due date to confirm that we have received them. Please allow up to 48 hours for a reply. You might want to give yourself time so that you may contact them again if we have not received them.

When will I know if I have been chosen to receive a FLAS Fellowship?
We know you're eager to know and we're eager to award some Fellowships! As soon as our Selection Committee has had a chance to review all of the applications and makes their selections, we will send out notifications. The process takes some time, but we will send notifications out by April 2, 2016 to everyone who has applied. 

I received an e-mail from the Center saying I am an alternate. What does that mean?
Our Selection Committee will rank all applicants. Each year, we will have a few students selected as alternates. If one of the students who is offered a FLAS Fellowship declines for any reason - they may not be attending the University or have other funding - we will then notify an alternate that a space has become available. You may then accept the FLAS or decline and we will notify the next alternate. We know everyone is making important decisions about tuition and courses, so we will try to get through the process as quickly as possible.

I've read this fantastic FAQ, but I still have questions. What should I do?
Contact the Center ( It is probably best to send an e-mail first as it may be a question that can be answered rather quickly.

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