REEI FLAS Information
Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are awarded to universities in order to promote the training of students who intend to make their careers in college or university teaching, government service, or other employment where knowledge of foreign languages and cultures is a prerequisite for success.
Each fellowship covers the academic year (summer FLAS fellowships are also available, see page 8). Both graduate and undergraduate students may apply. For graduate students, the FLAS fellowship carries an estimated fixed stipend of $15,000 per academic year. as well as a fee remissionfor12 credits of course work each semester (a total of 24 credits). For undergraduate students, the FLAS fellowship provides a stipend of up to $5000 per academic year as well as a tuition award of up to $10,000 (the exact figures may vary depending on other sources of financial aid that the awardee is receiving).
Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible for FLAS fellowships. Holders of FLAS fellowships must undertake full-time study during the period of the award and be enrolled in formal instruction in the language of the award.
REEI will accept applications from graduate students for study of the following languages in academic year 2012/2013: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Estonian, (Modern) Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian (beyond second year), Ukrainian and Yiddish. Undergraduate students who matriculated by the fall semester preceding the FLAS award period may apply to REEI for a FLAS to support study of any of these languages beyond the second year of study only. If you wish to apply for a language or level of language not included in the regular IU schedule of classes, or if you wish to apply for FLAS support for dissertation research abroad, please discuss your application with Mark Trotter, Assistant Director, prior to submission. The availability of FLAS Fellowships is dependent upon final authorization of funding from the U.S. Department of Education.
Applications should include:
- One FLAS application
- One complete set of official transcripts of college and university credits
- Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which should address the applicant's abilities in foreign language training
- Statement on language training and proposed program of study.
Paper FLAS applications are available at Ballantine Hall 565 and online at www.iub.edu/~flas/; the deadline for receipt of all materials is February 1, 2013.
Frequently Asked Questions about FLAS Fellowships
- Do I have to be enrolled in REEI to receive a FLAS?
No, REEI MA and dual degree students compete against graduate students from other departments and professional schools for FLAS fellowships. All eligible applicants are given equal consideration.
- I'm an undergraduate applicant, what do I put in the GRE score section?
Undergraduate applications may leave the GRE score section blank. Undergraduate students need to include a FLAS application; a complete set of official transcripts of all college and university credits; three letters of recommendation, at least one of which should address the applicant's abilities in foreign language training; and a statement on language training and proposed program of study.
- How will I know if my application has been received?
The REEI administrative secretary, sends a confirmation e-mail upon receipt of all FLAS and other funding applications. She also sends a regular update to all applicants to keep them informed as we receive supporting documents such as transcripts and letters of recommendation. You may e-mail REEI (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to check on the status of a specific part of your application, but please understand that the processing of admissions and fellowship applications is very time consuming. We will respond to your request within three working days.
- Will my supporting materials (recommendations, transcripts, and GRE scores, required of graduate students only) already on file in REEI from a previous Graduate School or funding application be available to be added to my current application?
Yes, but you will need to send an e-mail request to REEI specifying which materials should be taken from your previous application.
- Can/should I use my supporting materials (recommendations, transcripts, etc.) and statement of purpose for more than one funding application? For instance, if I have submitted a complete academic year FLAS application to REEI, can those materials also be used for SWSEEL, the graduate assistantship application, or another center's FLAS application?
REEI will be glad to make copies of supporting materials for multiple applications within our office or to send to other departments within IU. Please send an e-mail request specifying what materials need to be copied and where they should be sent. It is not recommended, however, that you use the same statement of purpose or recommendation letters for multiple applications. The most competitive applications are those in which the statement and recommendation letters are geared toward the specific criteria of the award that you are applying for.
- How can I make my application more competitive?
We instruct the fellowship committee to consider the application as a whole, including grades, GRE scores (not applicable for undergraduate application), letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose. Please make sure that your statement of purpose is well-written and well-edited. It is frustrating to read through spelling and grammatical errors.
- Do you really need my GRE scores?
If you are currently a graduate student: yes. If you will be a graduate student for the FLAS award period: yes. If you are currently and will continue to be an undergraduate student during the FLAS award period: no.
- What are you looking for in letters of recommendation for the FLAS fellowship application?
The strongest letter will specifically address the applicant's need to study the language in question, as well as the applicant's overall abilities and academic and career goals. If you are applying for study of a language at the intermediate or advanced level, it is appropriate to request a letter from your beginning language instructor that addresses your ability to learn the language. If you have not been in school for a while, you may need to use a letter of recommendation from an employer.
- Is it okay if my letters of recommendation, transcripts, or other supporting materials are received after the fellowship deadline?
The only item that must be received by the deadline (February 1st) is your application. We understand that student applicants are sometimes not at fault for late recommendation letters, and we will continue to accept supporting materials after the deadline up to the point when the applications are forwarded to the committee. We strongly recommend, however, that you submit all of your supporting materials by the deadline.