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FLAS Fellowship for Undergraduate Students - FAQ

Undergraduate 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 undergraduate 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 is the undergraduate Academic Year FLAS?

The Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies undergraduate FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) is a fellowship awarded to undergraduate students who are pursuing: 1) coursework with a Russian, East European or Eurasian focus, and 2) an approved modern foreign language at UT at the intermediate or advanced level. The Fellowship is interdisciplinary and open to students from all departments and schools at UT. Students do not need to be Russian, East European and Eurasian majors to apply.


What does the Fellowship provide?

The FLAS AY Undergraduate Fellowship provides a nine-month stipend of $5,000 (paid monthly September-May), plus tuition and required course-related fees up to $10,000 per academic year. Tuition and fees are covered up to 15 hours per semester. The remaining tuition bill is the responsibility of the student.


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?

Undergraduates must be at the intermediate or advanced level of study for their language.


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.


Who is eligible?

Academic-year undergraduate 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. 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.


What must I be willing to do if awarded the Fellowship?

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)
  2. Take at least one grade-based CREEES area studies course each semester.*
  3. Be registered full time both semesters.
  4. Complete information sent to you through the Department of Education's online computer system.
  5. Meet with assigned faculty at the beginning and end of the academic year 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 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 undergraduate Fellowship NOT cover?

The 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.


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 SAT 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 “Undergrad 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 "Undergrad 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 "Undergrad FLAS Applicant first & last name" are in the subject line. Important: DO NOT email applications to a personal staff email account.
  2. by hand: to Jenica Jones, Undergraduate Program Coordinator in BUR 452
  3. by mail: (This mailing address may also be used to have SAT scores mailed, although we will accept unofficial copies).

Undergraduate FLAS Applications

Attn: Jenica Jones, CREEES (BUR 452)
The University of Texas at Austin
2505 University Ave, Stop F3600
Austin, TX 78712

 
For additional information or specific questions regarding the Undergraduate FLAS application, please contact:
Jenica Jones
CREEES, Undergraduate Program Coordinator
The University of Texas at Austin (BUR 444)
jenicajones@utexas.edu
(512) 232-6059
Academic Year FLAS Application
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