SASLI Funding & Fellowships

In order to be considered for any type of funding, you must submit a complete SASLI application.

The SASLI program fee for 2017 is $4,800. Program fees cover tuition and expenditures for social events. The program fee does not include the cost of the transcripts fee, textbooks, or living expenses. It does include the UW-Madison assessment fee. SASLI is open to undergraduates, graduate students and non-student professionals. UW Madison in-state undergraduates will be charged regular undergraduate tuition for 8 credits as posted on the UW Registrar's Office Website.

SASLI is an 8-week session and all students must enroll for the full session. All students will be billed for the full session at the start of SASLI and no refunds will be issued after the UW-Madison first semester drop deadline has passed.

Types of Funding

Each type of funding is a separate competition and will be awarded separately. A complete SASLI application is required in order to be eligible for any of the funding options. Please click on each header below to learn more about funding opportunities.

Fee Remission - click here

There are two types of fee remissions, in different amounts and with different application processes. Please read the information below carefully. Applicants are welcome to apply for all Fee Remissions.

$1000 Fee Remission

In an effort to make the program more affordable, the SASLI Board of Trustees has approved a $1000 Fee Remission for those students who attend the program without other, non-loan funding. All SASLI applicants, who submit a complete SASLI application and whose outside, non-loan funding totals less than $3800, are eligible to receive a $1000 Fee Remission. At the end of the SASLI application is a question where applicants can indicate whether or not they would like to be considered for this $1000 Fee Remission. By checking “yes”, your application will automatically be considered once all application materials have been received at the SASLI office. If you are awarded this $1000 Fee Remission, the amount will be directly applied to your tuition bill by the University of Wisconsin Bursar's Office before the start of the program.

Please note that the $1000 Fee Remission applies only to those who would otherwise pay the full program fee. Thus, UW-Madison in-state undergraduates and Minnesota resident undergraduates are not eligible for the Fee Remission, as these students pay the regular undergraduate tuition for 8 credits as posted on the UW Registrar's Office Website.

You may be eligible to receive a part of or the entire $1000 Fee Remission amount if you have other funding, provided your outside, non-loan funding totals $3700 or less. If you receive a FLAS award or Half/Full Fee Remission, you are not eligible to receive the $1000 Fee Remission. In order to receive the $1000 Fee Remission, you will be required to sign and submit an acceptance form, indicating that your funding situation does not conflict with the rules set forth by SASLI. Failure to submit the form will result in the $1000 Fee Remission being canceled. Accepting a $1000 Fee Remission while also accepting conflicting funding could result in a hold placed on transcripts and enrollment until the full amount of the Fee Remission is repaid to SASLI.

If you are unsure whether your funding situation will make you eligible to receive the $1000 Fee Remission, feel free to call or email us.

Half and Full Fee Remissions

All SASLI students are eligible to apply for a Half or Full Fee Remission. The Half Fee Remission covers half of the program fee and the Full Fee Remission covers the entire program fee. Neither award includes a stipend. A separate application is required in order to be considered for the Half and Full Fee Remissions. Submitting a single funding application will put you in consideration for both awards. The review process is competitive and based on financial need and academic/other reasons language study is necessary.

Students who accept a FLAS award are not eligible to receive a Half or Full Fee Remission. If you accept a Half or Full Fee Remission, your application will not be considered for the $1000 Fee Remission.

Deadline to apply: March 12, 2017

Instructions for Submitting: After filling out the application, please sign it (by hand or electronic) and either email or mail the application to SASLI. Email submissions are strongly preferred.

  • Please be sure to include your statements of purpose and financial need with your submission. These can be in a single document or two separate documents.
  • Letters of recommendation can be mailed or emailed directly from the letter writer to SASLI.
  • Completed applications must be received in the SASLI office by the deadline in order ensure consideration.

All applicants for the Half/Full Fee Remission must also complete the SASLI general application by the funding application deadline. Please send a separate email with your SASLI general application statment of purpose and transcript. It is completely acceptable to send the same statement of purpose for both applications, but they must be submitted in separate emails.

SASLI Half/Full Fee Remission Application - Apply now!

FLAS Fellowship - click here

The eligibility rules for FLAS have been adjusted by the Department of Education. Please read the information below carefully to ensure that you are eligible before applying for a SASLI FLAS.

FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships) are provided by the U.S. Department of Education. A FLAS fellowship for SASLI covers the program fee as well as a fixed stipend. Fellowships are awarded based on a national competition and are open to graduate students* at any institution in the United States and who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Thus, non-students and undergraduate students are ineligible for SASLI FLAS fellowships. The same is true of international students who are not permanent residents of the U.S. If you fall into either of these categories, the only type of SASLI funding you are eligible to receive is the SASLI Scholarship or Fee Remission. You may also contact the UW-Madison financial aid office, but funding options are limited. If you are a student at another university or college, your best resource for funding would be your home institution's financial aid office.

Please note, students should be applying for the 2nd or 3rd year of study for FLAS funding. Students may be granted an exception to allow study of the beginning level if the student has achieved at least intermediate proficiency in another language of the world area of specialization. Students who are applying for beginning language study will need to justify why an exception should be granted as part of their application.

*If you have applied for graduate school for the fall semester following SASLI, you can apply for a FLAS, but you must show proof of acceptance into a graduate program prior to receiving the award.


A limited number of summer fellowships may be available from the South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) for intensive foreign language study during the summer. These fellowships are made possible through the consortium of South Asia National Resource Centers (see below). SASLI has limited FLAS awards available, so applications received may be forwarded to another NRC institution (see below) for potential funding. FLAS fellowships awarded by SASLI are only available for study at SASLI. Thus we recommend that you apply directly to your home institution if it is on the list below.

There is no lifetime limit on the number of SASLI FLAS awards you may receive. For the SASLI FLAS, there is no restriction on prior academic year FLAS that would limit your eligibility. However, if your institution offers a FLAS competition, we recommend that you apply for a FLAS at your home institution.)

(FLAS Application below)


If you are a graduate student in one of the National Resource Centers or FLAS-granting institutions below, please apply for a FLAS at your home institution. Check with your institution for appropriate guidelines and restrictions. While limited FLAS awards may be available directly from SASLI, we encourage all students to apply at your home institution for a FLAS if possible.

All graduate students applying for a SASLI FLAS, please click the link below and select the Summer 2017 award competition. Once you have begun the application, you will be prompted to select a "Center Applying To." Please choose the South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) option. For Hindi and Urdu, you may select 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year. For all other languages, please only select 1st (if eligible) or 2nd year instruction, as SASLI does not offer classes beyond 2nd year in these courses. Please note that Sanskrit is not eligible for FLAS awards.

If you are a UW-Madison student, please follow the instructions above, but select the Center for South Asia when prompted to choose a "Center Applying To."

Deadline to apply: Febraury 13, 2017

FLAS Application - Click here to apply!

If you are funded on a non-NRC FLAS award, please contact SASLI to make sure this award can be used to pay for SASLI.

South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI)

Students interested in appling for a Boren to study Hindi or Urdu can apply to the South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI) to come to SASLI and then study abroad.

For more information, please visit the SAFLI webpage.

ROTC Project GO Funding

ROTC students (from UW-Madison or other campuses nationwide) are eligible to apply for Project GO funding to study Hindi and Urdu at SASLI.

For scholarship details and application instructions, please visit

In order to receive any kind of funding for SASLI, you must be accepted and enrolled in an eligible course (please note that Sanskrit is not eligible for FLAS awards). The SASLI application is separate from the application for funding.

*SASLI courses offer 160 contact hours over the course of the 8-credit, 8-week program.

*SASLI does not accept Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Grants.

*SASLI does not allow students to audit courses.

*SASLI students have used Boren Fellowships to fund their summer study.

If someone will be sponsoring you to attend SASLI (i.e. paying your tuition), please visit the 3rd-Party Payments page.

Please contact SASLI if you have any further questions about funding.

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