Funding Opportunities

All applicants for funding must have completed the SASLI general application by the funding application deadline in order to be considered for SASLI funding competitions. It is completely acceptable to send the same statement of purpose for both funding and general applications, but they must be submitted to SASLI separately.

Students are encouraged to apply for as many funding opportunities as they are eligible for and will not be penalized for applying for multiple awards. If students are selected to receive more than one award, SASLI staff will work with individuals to ensure the best funding package possible.

Please review the funding options below, noting that each competition is different, with varying eligibility and application processes.

Deadline to apply for SASLI FLAS: The SASLI FLAL Deadline has now passed.

More FLAS information and the application can be found at

If you are planning on applying for this FLAS competition and haven’t already submitted your SASLI general application, please submit at least the online application and processing fee as soon as possible. The SASLI general application deadline is March 15, and SASLI may begin to cancel classes with low enrollment after that date. Please contact SASLI with any questions or concerns.

A FLAS fellowship for SASLI covers the full tuition amount as well as a fixed stipend of $2,500. Fellowships are awarded based on a national competition and are open to undergraduate** and graduate students who are currently enrolled* in a degree program and who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Thus, non-students are ineligible for SASLI FLAS fellowships. The same is true for international students who are not permanent residents of the U.S. If you are not eligible for a FLAS, please look into our Fee Remission options.

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-level 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.

Important things to remember:

  • The 2021 remote program is eligible for FLAS.
  • FLAS fellowships awarded by SASLI are only available for study at SASLI.
  • Sanskrit is not eligible for SASLI FLAS awards.
  • Under special circumstances, SASLI FLAS awards can be used for distance learning. To receive an award under the distance learning option, students must first be approved by the FLAS Program Chair assigned by the Department of Education, and undergo the procedures and approval process necessary for the SASLI Distance Learning program. If you are interested in attending SASLI via distance learning and would like to apply or have already applied for a FLAS award, please reach out to the SASLI Program Coordinator as early in the application process as possible.
  • There is no lifetime limit on the number of SASLI FLAS awards you may receive.
  • Summer FLAS awards from SASLI are made possible through the consortium of South Asia National Resource Centers. If your institution offers a FLAS competition, we recommend that you apply for a FLAS at your home institution, though you are welcome to also apply to SASLI.
  • FLAS awardees are obliged to complete certain reporting requirements as set forth by the Department of Education. The Center funding the study will work with students to ensure all requirements are met. Failure to complete the requirements may result in the need to repay the FLAS award.
  • Leaving the program early may result in being required to pay back some or all of the FLAS award.

When applying for a SASLI FLAS, please keep the following in mind:

  • When prompted, select the “SASLI, Summer 2021, Supplemental” option
  • For “Center Applying To,” please choose the South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) option.
  • For Hindi and Urdu, you may select 1st (if eligible), 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.

*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.

**Undergraduate students may be eligible to apply for awards for 2nd-year or higher language study through one of SASLI’s consortium members. Please contact SASLI with questions.

Deadline to apply for non-SASLI FLAS: Varies; please check with your home institution.

If you are currently a student (or will be in the Fall semester) at 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, as eligibility, deadlines, etc. may be different from the SASLI FLAS. 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.

Columbia University
Cornell University
Syracuse University
University of California, Berkeley
University of Michigan
University of Pennsylvania
University of Texas at Austin
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Deadline to apply for WISLI Tuition Scholarship: The WISLI Tuition Scholarship deadline has passed. Check back in for Summer 2023. 

The WISLI Tuition Scholarship covers 50% of the tuition for summer 2022 language study at one of the WISLI summer language institutes. The WISLI Tuition Scholarship does not cover expenses such as segregated fees, textbooks, living expenses, housing, incidentals, travel or other costs.

All applicants to a WISLI summer language institute are eligible to apply for a WISLI Tuition Scholarship, including:

  • Domestic and international students
  • Students in degree programs at UW-Madison and students from other institutions of higher learning, such as community colleges
  • Adult lifelong learners and non-degree seeking students

To apply for a WISLI Tuition Scholarship:

  • Complete the WISLI Tuition Scholarship application form.
  • Submit a one-page (approximately 500 words) statement of purpose describing your intended personal/academic/professional goals and the broader impact of these goals for language study at a WISLI Institute.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation with your application.  You can opt to have your Institute recommendation letters applied to your WISLI Tuition Scholarship application, or you can submit your letters or have your recommenders submit their recommendation letters via the WISLI Tuition Scholarship recommendation submission form.

Applicants must complete separate applications if applying for a WISLI Tuition Scholarship in multiple languages hosted at different Institutions. If you are applying to multiple languages within the same Institution, please address that where indicated on your application. 

Deadline to apply for Half/Full Fee Remission: The Half/Full Fee Remission deadline has passed. Check back in for Summer 2023.

All SASLI students are eligible to apply for a Half or Full Fee Remission, regardless of nationality/citizenship, student status, language of study, etc.

The Half Fee Remission covers half of tuition and the Full Fee Remission covers the entire tuition amount. Neither award includes a stipend. A separate application is required in order to be considered for the Half and Full Fee Remissions.

Please review the below information before applying and when you’re ready.

Important things to remember:

  • The application form for the Half and Full Fee Remissions is the same and applicants need only submit the form one time in order to be considered for both award amounts.
  • 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 also receive a Half or Full Fee Remission.
  • In order to receive the Half/Full 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 Fee Remission being canceled.
  • If you accept a Half or Full Fee Remission, your application will not be considered for the $1000 Fee Remission. These awards cannot be combined.
  • Leaving the program early may result in being required to pay back some or all of the fee remission.

Instructions for Submitting:

A complete Half/Full Fee Remission application will consist of:

  1. Online application form
  2. Statement of purpose uploaded into the online application form – One-page maximum that addresses: A clear academic or other purpose for attending SASLI 2022, how your attendance at SASLI 2022 will help you succeed in your area of study/career or other goals, how you plan to continue your language study after SASLI 2022
  3. Statement of financial need uploaded into the online application form – One-page maximum that addresses: a summary of major sources of income for academic study and the financial support needed to participate in SASLI 2022, other circumstances that demonstrate your need for support
  4. Two letters of recommendation or two completed SASLI Reference Forms (will open in a new tab) should be emailed directly from the letter writer to SASLI at

Please Note:

  • The Half/Full Fee Remission application is an online form that cannot be saved and returned to. You must have all your information, including your statements of purpose and financial need ready in order to submit the form.
  • Completed applications including letters of recommendation must be received in the SASLI office by the deadline in order to ensure consideration.
  • We will accept both traditional letters of recommendation and the SALSI reference form equally, and will not look favorably on any one form of reference over the other. It is important to note that if you select to fill out the reference forms, your recommender must open the file in an application compatible with interactive PDF’s (such as Adobe Acrobat, Preview, etc.) to be able to fill out the form. Please contact the SASLI office if you have any questions.

There is no fixed deadline for the $1000 Fee Remission, as it is part of the SASLI general application process.

All SASLI applicants, who submit a complete SASLI application and whose outside, non-loan funding totals less than the total SASLI tuition for in-state or reciprocity applicants, 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-Madison Bursar’s Office before the start of the program.

Important things to remember:

  • The $1000 Fee Remission applies only to those who would otherwise pay the full tuition amount. 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 Bursar’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 tuition for in-state or reciprocity applicants 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.
  • Leaving the program early may result in being required to pay back some or all of the fee remission.

If you are unsure whether your funding situation will make you eligible to receive the $1000 Fee Remission, please contact us.

For those who may not have been eligible or received a SASLI Scholarship, we encourage you to check into external opportunities. If you are a current student, ask your department or university if there are any funding applications available to you. For those that are not current students, we also suggest taking a look at the UW-Madison scholarship hub for non-traditional students. We also try to keep an updated record of external awards on the SASLI Announcements page. If you have questions or are unsure what is available to you after reading through the above, don’t hesitate to reach out.