Application

Application Instructions  

Online Application Form          Letters of Recommendation  

Important Dates    

 

Application due Friday, January 26, 2018
Letters of Recommendation due Friday, February 2, 2018

FLAS Fellowship Graduate Application and Undergraduate Application are on the same form. Use one form to apply for both Summer and Academic Year FLAS. Please carefully read each section of the application to ensure that you are selecting the appropriate application type. Students may select up to two of the following application types on the online form:

  • Graduate Application – Academic Year 2018-19
  • Graduate Application – Summer 2018
  • Undergraduate Application – Academic Year 2018-19
  • Undergraduate Application – Summer 2018

The following Centers are offering FLAS Fellowships for Summer 2018:
Center for African Studies
Center for Global Studies
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
European Union Center
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

The U.S. Department of Education, which underwrites the FLAS program, has not yet notified us, or any other college or university in the United States, about our allocation for the 2018-2022 FLAS funding cycle, which includes the coming academic year (2018-19). In anticipation of receiving this funding, the application will include all UIUC Centers that have applied for Title VI FLAS Fellowship allocations; however, a Center cannot guarantee a fellowship without notification of their FLAS allocation.

The following Centers are applying for FLAS funding for Academic Year 2018-19 and will be included on the AY application:
Center for African Studies
Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
Center for Global Studies
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Center for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
European Union Center
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center


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. You should also review the procedures for the particular Center to which you are applying. Technical difficulties can be addressed to flasapphelp@illinois.edu.

Incoming non-UIUC students may apply for FLAS through the regular application portal.

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. Applications are due by Friday, January 26, 2018.
  4. Letters of Recommendation are due by Friday, February 2, 2018.
  5. Complete the online application form and have recommenders submit letters to the online portal by the above dates.
  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.

Online Application Form

  • Access the online application form here.
  • Users may save their form and finish it at a later time by clicking the “Save and Finish Later” button on the bottom of the screen. The user will receive an email with a link to return to the form. This email is the only way a user can access their saved form.
  • In order to move between previous and next pages, all of the required information must be filled out on the current application page.
  • A pdf copy of the application questions is available here. The online application form also includes:
    • 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). You only need one Statement of Purpose per language.
    • 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.
    • 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 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.

The online application closes at 11:59pm on Friday, January 26, 2018. The application and materials listed above must be submitted by this time. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Letters of Recommendation

 

You are responsible for providing your recommenders with instructions on how to submit a letter of recommendation. We suggest contacting your recommenders and providing them with information as early as possible. We also suggest sending your recommenders your statement of purpose. Letters of Recommendation are due by 11:59pm on Friday, January 2, 2018.

Consider copying and pasting these instructions and sending them to your recommender:
Instructions: Letters of recommendation are due by 11:59PM, Friday, February 2nd. Letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically. This portal will be accessible through the UIUC FLAS website under the “For Recommenders” (https://publish.illinois.edu/recommendationletters/flas/) tab when the application opens.
When a letter of recommendation is submitted through this portal, the recommender and the student will receive an automated confirmation of submission via email.

If you are applying for one term (i.e. Summer OR Academic Year) or both terms (i.e. Summer AND Academic Year) with the same language, you need 3 letters of recommendation:
1) Letter from your academic advisor. If for some reason your advisor is unable to provide a letter of recommendation, you may use another academic instructor with whom you have worked closely.
2) Letter from your current or most recent language instructor. If you are applying for the beginning level of a language, you may use a recommender who can best speak to your ability to learn and passion for languages.
3) Letter from person of your choice. Most students use another professor or instructor – use someone who can best speak to your aptitude as a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow.
If you are applying for both Summer and Academic Year with different languages, you must submit an additional letter of recommendation from another language instructor. You need a language instructor recommendation letter for each language for which you are applying.

Your application will be considered incomplete without these letters of recommendation. Do not submit more letters of recommendation than are required. Centers will not review additional letters of recommendation.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018

Recommendation Letters Due: Friday, February 2, 2018

Award/Alternate/Rejection Letters Sent: March 2018