*SASLI funding deadlines have been extended – See below for each deadline.*

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.

*SASLI has opened a second FLAS competition. If you have already applied for a FLAS during the first round, you need not reapply.*

Deadline to apply for SASLI FLAS: April 12, 2020

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 April 1, 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 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 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:

  • FLAS fellowships awarded by SASLI are only available for study at SASLI.
  • Sanskrit is not eligible for SASLI FLAS awards.
  • SASLI FLAS awards cannot be used for Distance Learning. *Updates for 2020 Coming Soon*
  • 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 2020, 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.

Apply for a SASLI FLAS now!

*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 Half/Full Fee Remission: extended to April 10, 2020.

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.

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 2020, how your attendance at SASLI 2020 will help you succeed in your area of study/career or other goals, how you plan to continue your language study after SASLI 2020
  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 2020, 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.

Half/Full Fee Remission Application: Apply now!

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 $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-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 $3800 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.

The WISLI Tution Scholarship deadline has been extended to April 10, 2020.

The Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI) offers full tuition scholarships to eligible applicants studying with APTLI, CESSI, SASLI, SEASSI, or SIPI. The purpose of the WISLI Tuition Scholarship is to broaden support for learning less commonly taught languages. To be considered for a WISLI Tuition Scholarship, a separate application is required. More information can be found on the WISLI Tuition Scholarship webpage.