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FLAS Fellowship for Graduate Students - FAQ

Graduate FLAS Fellowships: Academic Year 2014-2015

The Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies graduate Academic Year FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) is a fellowship awarded to graduate students studying an approved modern foreign language who are engaged in coursework at UT with a Russian, East European or Eurasian focus. The Fellowship is interdisciplinary and open to students from all departments and schools at UT. Students need not be Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies majors to apply.

What does the Graduate Fellowship provide?

The FLAS AY Fellowship provides a nine-month stipend of $15,000 total (paid in monthly increments September-May), plus tuition and required course-related fees up to $18,000 per academic year. Tuition and fees are covered for up to 11 hours per semester. The remaining tuition is the responsibility of the student.


Where does the money come from?

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies is applying for FLAS Fellowship funding from the U.S. Department of Education through its Title VI grant. Fellowships will be awarded contingent upon CREEES receiving Title VI funds. Notification of this will occur in August/September 2014. 


What languages qualify as "approved" foreign languages?

Academic Year languages include Russian, Polish, Czech, Serbo-Croatian, Yiddish, and Romani. Other languages will be considered on case-by-case basis. Students may NOT be native speakers of the language nor possess fluency equivalent to educated native speakers in the language for which the award is sought. Check out the list of language courses offered by our department here.


Do I need to have a certain level of proficiency to be eligible?

Graduate students may be at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced levels. Again, students may NOT be native speakers of the language nor possess fluency equivalent to educated native speakers in the language for which the award is sought. 


Who is eligible?

Academic-year Fellowships are awarded to students enrolled from all fields of study who are in good standing at UT or who have been recently accepted for admission. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. We especially encourage applications from students from the professional schools. However, students must be enrolled in one language course and one area studies course both semesters.


If awarded a FLAS, you must agree to:

  1. Take at least one grade-based language course both fall and spring semesters.* (Russian, Polish, Czech, Serbo-Croatian, Romani or another language, if approved)
  2. Take at least one grade-based content course in the Russian, East European and Eurasian area.*
  3. Be registered as a full time student both semesters (9 hours/semester for graduate students).
  4. Complete the information sent to you through the U.S. Department of Education's online computer system (IRIS).
  5. Meet with the designated language evaluation instructors at the beginning and end of the duration of your award for language assessment.
  6. To complete a final online report of your activities at the end of the award period.
  7. Participate in events held during the academic year for the Center.
  8. Participate in brief surveys after graduation, for the following four years.
    *Courses must be approved by the Center.

Will the FLAS affect financial aid?

Yes, the FLAS will affect financial aid. Upon receiving a Fellowship, you will want to speak with your Financial Aid counselor to discuss the specifics of the changes. In some cases, receiving a FLAS may drastically reduce or eliminate your financial aid from the Office of Student Financial Services. 


What does the graduate Fellowship NOT cover?

The graduate FLAS Fellowship does not cover: 1) fees not related to coursework; 2) books and materials; and 3) medical insurance. The student may cover these costs with the stipend. 


Can I accept other Fellowships or work during the academic year?

Generally students who are awarded a FLAS are not allowed to accept other Fellowships or be employed; the FLAS is designed to allow you to focus on your studies full time. However, the director of CREEES may approve special cases on a case-by-case basis.


Can I reapply for the FLAS for multiple years?

Yes, students may apply for the academic year and summer FLAS Fellowships for multiple years, although you will need to turn in a new application and supporting documents each time.


Can I turn in copies of GRE scores or do I need official copies?

We will accept unofficial copies.


Can I turn in an unofficial transcript?

Yes, we will accept an unofficial transcript. However, an academic summary cannot be used in place of the transcript.


Do my letters of recommendation need to be brought in with the application?

No, letters of recommendation can be e-mailed directly to creees@austin.utexas.edu from the person writing the recommendation ONLY if the recommender includes the words “Grad FLAS Applicant first & last name” in the subject line of the email and sends the letter BEFORE the application deadline. However, it is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that their application packet is complete and submitted prior to the application deadline.


*** Please note that the 2014-2015 AY FLAS awards are contingent on our funding from the Department of Education.We will notify students if they're selected by July 25th and confirm funding in August, but we will be unable to guarantee the FLAS funding until we have been notified of our grant status. ***


When is the deadline?

EXTENDED: Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. No exceptions will be made. Students are responsible for ensuring that their application is complete. 


**DO NOT STAPLE ANY PORTION OF THE APPLICATION**


Please submit your application materials by one of the following methods:

  1. by email: to creees@austin.utexas.edu with "Grad FLAS First Name Last Name" in the subject line. All application materials should be submitted in ONE email with your full name and EID on each document submitted. Recommendation letters may be submitted separately by the recommender, ONLY IF "Grad FLAS Applicant first & last name" are in the subject line. Important: DO NOT email applications to Agnes Sekowski's utexas email account.
  2. by hand: to Agnes Sekowski in BUR 444
  3. by mail: (This mailing address may also be used to have GRE scores mailed, although we will accept unofficial copies).

Graduate FLAS Applications

Attn: Agnes Sekowski, CREEES (BUR 444)
The University of Texas at Austin
2505 University Ave, Stop F3600
Austin, TX 78712

 
For additional information or specific questions regarding the Graduate FLAS application, please contact:
Agnes Sekowski
CREEES, Graduate Coordinator
The University of Texas at Austin (BUR 444)
agnes.sekowski@utexas.edu
(512) 232-9123
Academic Year FLAS Application
 
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