Application Instructions            Supporting Documents

Important Dates      Special Note to Undergraduate Applicants       


FLAS Fellowship Graduate Application and Undergraduate Application are on the same form. Please carefully read each section of the application to ensure that you are selecting the appropriate application type. Students may select one or more of the following application types:

  • Graduate Application – Academic Year
  • Graduate Application – Summer
  • Undergraduate Application – Academic Year
  • Undergraduate Application – Summer

Summer 2017 & Academic Year 2017/18 Application CLOSED

Application Due: Friday, February 3rd, 2017



You submit the FLAS application in two different phases. The first phase involves your personal information and providing the information for your recommenders. The second phase involves choosing your languages and centers, as well as uploading documents. You will not be able to submit the application without filling out the required fields and uploading transcripts and a statement of purpose.

After you submit the first part of your FLAS application and wish to return to work on the rest of your application, your screen will look like this:

This does not mean your application is fully submitted, but means that your letter of recommendation requests have been sent. You can still click on the link under “Complete & Submit” to finish your application.

Once you check the box to submit your application, you will receive an email with the title “FLAS Application Submission Confirmation.” Then you will know your submission process is complete. The title “Complete & Submit” will change to “Reference Document Upload” once you have submitted.

Application Instructions

The instructions below MUST be followed in submitting an application for a FLAS fellowship. Questions regarding the application procedures and materials can be addressed to any of the Centers listed on the right-hand panel or by Sam Celmer, Title VI Program Coordinator. You should also review the procedures for the particular Center to which you are applying.

Incoming non-UIUC students may apply for FLAS through the regular application portal but will have to create a temporary login in the absence of an Illinois email address and student account.

If a language is offered by more than one center, students can apply to all Centers that offer the language. For example, Polish is offered by EUC, CGS, and REEEC. If you are applying to study Polish, you can apply to all three centers at the same time. You do not need to submit separate online application forms (please simply check all the centers to which you apply on the form).

  1. Read the eligibility requirements and fellowship requirements before applying.
  2. Check with each Center’s web site for Center specific application criteria. See the right-hand panel for contact information for each Center.
  3. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  4. Applications (including all supporting documents, reference letters, and departmental endorsements) are due by February 3, 2017.
  5. Complete the online application form. The online application form will stay live until February 3, 2017. You MUST submit your online application by this date.
  6. If you are planning to study abroad at any point during the term of your fellowship, please read the FLAS Study Abroad requirements and deadlines.

Special Note – Undergraduate Students:

  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Cannot apply to study French, German, or Spanish
  • Must be currently enrolled in or have a demonstrated proficiency at least at the intermediate level in the language for which they are applying.
    • Students should check with the languages department to learn what year of study is considered as intermediate for the language for which they are applying as some departments accept 2nd year and some departments accept 3rd year as the intermediate level.
    • Acceptable proof of proficiency at least at the intermediate level includes: letter of recommendation from a language instructor (for the language for which the student is applying); placement test; transcripts (successful completion of at least 4 semesters of high school language courses for the language for which the student is applying or successful completion of at least 2 semesters of language courses for the language for which the student is applying).

Supporting Documents

Documents may be uploaded directly to the online application system in pdf format. Here is a list of the items you will need to provide:

  1. Statement of Purpose(1 to 2 page maximum). Essays should describe how the proposed language study fits in with your field of study and relates to the specific area studies the FLAS granting center to which you are applying supports; how you intend to use the language; and how the language and area study will contribute to your ultimate career goals. Please also describe your previous language learning experiences (formal and informal).
  2. The contact information for three references.One must be from your academic advisor; one must be from your current or most recent language instructor and address your language ability (except for students applying for beginning language instruction or students who have never studied a foreign language before); the third reference can be provided by a person of your choice. Most students select a professor or instructor with whom they have studied or taken courses; this individual should be able to speak to your aptitude as a FLAS fellow. If you wish to study multiple languages, we recommend that you submit letters of recommendation from each language instructor with whom you study.
  3. Graduate and undergraduate transcripts, including the fall semester of this year, for current students (Illinois and any other schools you have attended). Undergraduate transcript (and graduate transcripts if applicable) for incoming graduate and continuing undergraduate students. Scanned copies and unofficial reports are acceptable.
  4. FAFSA Confirmation Page (optional). While Graduate students are not required to complete a FAFSA, we highly recommend that students submit this form. We will assume zero financial need for those students who do not complete a FAFSA.

Note: If you are applying for both an Academic Year and Summer FLAS through the same Center, you DO NOT NEED TO fill out separate applications. You may use the same supporting documents (i.e. reference letters, statement of purpose) for both applications.

Note for incoming students: Transcripts, recommendation letters, and personal statements used for a student application to the university may also be used as supporting documentation for a FLAS application. Please note that students are urged to submit customized essays and recommendation letters that are specific to FLAS as it will enhance the competitiveness of their application.

To access the online application, you will need to login with your net ID and password OR a valid e-mail address. The application will stay live until 11:59 pm on February 3, 2017. You MUST submit your online application form by this date.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Award/Alternate/Rejection Letters Sent: March 2017

Accepted Awards Due by: April 15th, 2017