Foreign Language Area Studies
Fellowships & Scholarships
FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Illinois Title VI Centers and and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to the study of less commonly taught languages and each Center has specific priorities. A standardized FLAS application is available on-line at www.flas.illinois.edu. Graduate student applications are submitted by the student’s department; undergraduate applications are submitted directly to the Center to which the student is applying.
Pending funding from the U.S. Department of Education, CSAMES will award fellowships for the 2014-2015 academic year for Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish.
FLAS Information Session for Departments
Monday, November 18, 2013 / 12:00 PM / International Studies Bldg., Room 101, 910 S. FifthSt.
Friday, November 22, 2013, / 12:00PM / International Studies Bldg., Room 101, 910 S. Fifth St.
Note: Graduate student FLAS (Foreign Languages and Area Studies) applications are submitted by the student’s department. This info session is for departmental staff (primarily but not exclusively for Directors of Graduate Studies) who will be handling graduate student FLAS applications in their departments.
FLAS Information Sessions for Graduate & Undergraduate Students
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 / 12:00- 1:00 PM / 126 GSLIS, 501 Daniel St.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 / 12:00- 1:00 PM / 126 GSLIS, 501 Daniel St.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5:00 PM Friday, February 7, 2014
Graduate students must submit their applications (supporting documents) to their home departments. All FLAS graduate student applications must be submitted to CSAMES by the home department by 5:00 PM on February 7, 2014. Graduate students should check with their home departments for departmental deadlines. These deadlines vary by department.
Academic Year Award
The FLAS fellowship for graduate students covers tuition plus a stipend of up to $15,000. Students are required to pay all refundable fees. Students will be enrolled full-time each semester, and must enroll in a language and an area studies course in both the fall and spring semesters. FLAS fellows must also complete a student performance report at the beginning and end of each award period.
Applicants must be a US citizen or permanent resident and a current or incoming full-time graduate student at UIUC. Applicants are not eligible to apply for support for study of a language of which they are a native speaker. Candidates who currently hold or have previously been awarded a FLAS fellowship may reapply.
The application packet should include:
- Cover sheet
- Completed online application form
- Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the student's academic advisor and, except for students applying for beginning language instructions, one must be from the recent language instructor (Download Recommendation Form)
- Graduate and undergraduate transcripts
- Statement of Purpose essay of no more than two pages (single-spaced, 12-pt font, 1" margins), explaining how the language course relates to the student's long-term professional goals and academic program.
For further instructions and application forms, please visit the university FLAS site at http://www.flas.illinois.edu.