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 of $2,500. Fellowships are awarded based on a national competition and are open to graduate students who are currently enrolled* in a degree program 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 Half/Full or $1000 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.
The Department of Education has prioritized students 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 or has other extenuating circumstances. Students who are applying for beginning language study will need to justify why an exception should be granted as part of their application. The Department of Education has final say as to whether an exception for first year study will be granted.
*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). 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.
University of California, Berkeley
University of Chicago
University of Michigan
University of Pennsylvania
University of Texas at Austin
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin-Madison
When 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: February 12, 2018
All FLAS applicants must have completed the SASLI general application by the funding application deadline. Please send an email with your SASLI general application statement of purpose and transcript. It is completely acceptable to send the same statement of purpose for both applications, but they must be submitted separately.
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.