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Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) FAQs

Application Process

What materials do I need to apply for a FLAS award?

1. A written proposal, in essay format, of approximately two single-spaced pages detailing your academic plan and how the FLAS fits in with your education and/or career plans
2. Official or unofficial transcripts from all colleges or universities attended (in electronic format; no hard copies accepted)
3. Relevant test scores (GRE, LSAT, GMAT or other, as relevant to your student status). PhD candidates who weren't required to submit test scores for their programs are exempt and should note that on their application. Undergraduates do not need to report any test scores and should enter 'exempt' on their applications.
4. Letters of recommendation; applicants for graduate FLAS fellowships must submit 2 general and 1 language recommendation.  Applications for undergraduate FLAS fellowships must submit 1 general and 1 language recommendation.  Note that each recommendation submitted will be attached to each application submitted. Recommendations can be added if you feel it will strengthen your application, including additional language references if applicable.                     5. Federal student aid report (SAR) or UW Office of Financial Aid award letter

How do I know what courses to list on my Academic Year application when the courses for next year have not been set? Will I be required to take the courses I list?

Since the course schedule for next academic year has not been set, refer to this year's time schedule to get an idea of what courses will be offered next year. The courses you list in your application are meant to demonstrate your interests and to ensure you understand the requirements. You will not be required to take the courses you propose in your application.

Can I save my application and edit it later?

Yes. You can save each page of the application and return to edit it at any time before January 30, 2014 at 5 pm PST.

Do I need to identify a language program on my Summer FLAS application?

Yes. For courses taught at the University of Washington please indicate the course title and number. For programs at other schools, please describe the summer program in your proposal.

Can I apply for both an Academic Year and Summer FLAS through the same Center? And, if so, do I need two separate applications, statements etc?

Yes, you can apply for both. The online application system will prompt you to submit a separate application for each award, but you only need to submit one set of transcripts, test scores, and recommendations. You should write a separate proposal for each award period.

I am applying for FLAS awards from two different Centers. Must I submit a separate application to each?

Yes, you will need to submit a separate application for each Center to which you are applying. If you do apply to more than one Center, please ensure that your letters and materials conform with each Center's FLAS priorities and program. You only need to submit one set of transcripts, test scores, and recommendations.

I am applying for FLAS awards in more than one language. Must I submit a separate application for each?

Yes, you will need to submit a separate application for each language. Note that all references will be attached to all applications. Language recommendations for each language are not required but are beneficial.

I am applying for a FLAS for beginning level language study; what should I do about the language recommendation?

If you have any background in the language, have someone who can assess your language ability fill out a language recommendation for you (i.e. instructor, supervisor, tutor). If you have no background in the language, submit a reference for a different language you've studied.

I haven't had any formal instruction in the language to which I'm applying; what should I do about the language recommendation?

First, try to get a recommendation from someone who can assess your language ability (i.e. a supervisor, tutor or instructor). If you can't get a language recommendation in the language to which you're applying, submit a recommendation for another language you've studied.

Do all references have to be from academics?

No. If there are other people more qualified to address your studies and/or related work and language skills, you should use them as referees.

When are recommendations and transcripts due?

Recommendations and transcripts are due on January 30, 2014 by 5 pm PST.

Can I submit my application before my recommendations are in?

Yes. However, your application will not be considered complete until two academic and one language recommendation are submitted.

How and when will FLAS awardees and alternates be notified?

Award announcements must be made by April 15th but are usually made in late March. Notification letters are sent to award recipients as soon as possible after the Fellowships Committees make their decisions. 

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Eligibility

Is someone with a green card eligible for a FLAS, or are FLAS awards only for U.S. citizens?

Permanent residents are eligible for FLAS awards.

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Academic Year

What costs does the FLAS cover?

FLAS awards for the academic year cover tuition costs (up to $18,000 for graduate students and $10,000 for undergraduate students), graduate appointee health insurance (for graduate students), and a living stipend of $15,000 for graduate students and $5,000 for undergraduate students.

Can I be a TA/RA while on a FLAS Fellowship?

Maybe.  Notify the FLAS Fellowship Coordinator immediately if you receive a TA/RA offer so that center approval can be requested.  Some centers do not allow or restrict FLAS fellows from holding TA/RA appointments.  Note that FLAS awardees must also receive permission from the department offering the TA/RA appointment to simultaneously hold a FLAS award.

Can I work while on a FLAS Fellowship?

Yes, but you must remain enrolled full-time in your program of study.

Can I use an Academic Year FLAS to study abroad?

Maybe.  Academic Year FLAS awards are occasionally granted for study abroad.  Academic Year FLAS awards for study abroad are subject to the approval of the Center granting the award.  Some Centers include information on their study abroad policies in their center-specific guidelines.  Students must be concurrently enrolled full-time at the University of Washington through the Office of International Programs & Exchanges. Students must be at the intermediate or advanced level unless an appropriate beginning language program is not available in the U.S.  Prior approval of the U.S. Department of Education is required for all FLAS awards to be used abroad. This approval is requested through the University’s FLAS Fellowship Coordinator after an award has been made.

Can I use an Academic Year FLAS to fund my dissertation research or dissertation writing?

Under certain circumstances FLAS awards can fund dissertation research or writing. Research must be conducted abroad and applicants must be at the advanced level of language proficiency.  Writing can be done at the home institution.  Applicants must have already advanced to PhD candidacy. The use of language in the research must be equal to one academic year of classroom instruction.  PhD candidates should note that the Department of Education assigns lowest priority for FLAS awards to dissertation research, and should consider applying to the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Program.  Prior approval of the U.S. Department of Education is required for all FLAS awards to be used abroad. This approval is requested through the University’s FLAS Fellowship Coordinator after an award has been made.

Can I take my language and area/international studies courses 'pass/fail' or 'satisfactory/not satisfactory' while on a FLAS?

No. The Department of Education requires that these courses be taken for a decimal or letter grade and the student must remain in "good standing."

Can I defer a FLAS award?

No.  All FLAS awards must be used during the time frame for which they are offered.

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Summer

Can I be awarded a summer 2015 FLAS Fellowship if I will graduate in spring 2015?

No.  Fellows must have student status at the University of Washington throughout the duration of the FLAS-funded program.  Students who will graduate in August 2015 or December 2015 are eligible for a summer 2015 award.

Can I choose any summer language program I want?

All language programs are subject to the approval of the Center granting the award, and all overseas language programs are subject to the approval of the U.S. Department of Education.  This approval is requested through the FLAS Fellowship Coordinator after an award is made.  Courses at the beginning level must be taken in the United States unless no approved program is available in the U.S.  Courses must be a minimum of 6 weeks long and 140 hours of instruction at the beginning/intermediate levels and 120 hours of instruction at the advanced level. 

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Travel

Is travel money available for summer FLAS?

Travel funds up to $1000 are sometimes available but are not guaranteed.  All foreign travel must abide by the Fly America Act and satisfy Washington State regulations in order to qualify for travel funding.  Travel awards are made as reimbursements to awardees in late summer.  Applicants should plan to have sufficient funds to pay for travel costs in case travel funds are not available.

If you have more questions, contact flas@uw.edu.

 

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