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Graduate FLAS Fellowships

AY 2015-2016 Fellowships

What is the graduate AY FLAS?
The European Studies graduate FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) is a Fellowship awarded to graduate students who are studying an approved modern foreign language and are engaged in coursework at UT that has a European focus. The Fellowship is interdisciplinary and open to students from all departments and schools at UT. Students need not be European Studies majors to apply.

What does the Graduate Fellowship provide?
The FLAS AY Fellowship provides a nine-month stipend of $15,000 (paid monthly September-May) plus tuition and required course-related fees up to $18,000 per academic year. Tuition and fees are covered up to 11 hours per semester. Students who are taking more than 11 hours should contact the Center to discuss whether the additional hours can be covered by the Fellowship.

Where does the money come from?
The Center for European Studies was awarded FLAS Fellowship funding from the U.S. Department of Education through its Title VI grant. The award was received in 2014 and has a four year cycle.

What languages qualify as "approved" foreign languages?
Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese*, Serbian/Croatian, Spanish*, Swedish, Turkish, and Yiddish.

We also strongly encourage students studying non-European languages - such as Arabic, Persian, Hindi, and Russian - to apply for FLAS fellowships when a contemporary application of those language skills will significantly enhance their work as distinctly European Studies scholars. For example, a student studying Russian must have a clearly defined reason why the study of Russian would help him/her in research/study about a country in Western or Central Europe such as Russian immigration to Germany.

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.

*Please note that this Fellowship is not available for students studying Brazilian Portuguese.

*Students interested in studying Spanish need to show a connection to Europe. The Fellowship through CES is not intended for those studying Spanish for the study of Mexico, Central America, etc. 

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. Graduate students must be engaged in pre-dissertation study, preparation for dissertation research, or, in rare cases, dissertation research or dissertation writing. However, students must be enrolled in one language course and one area studies course both semesters.

Is financial need a consideration?
Yes, the new DoE guidelines beginning with the 2015 application round is now a two-tiered system. Students will first be ranked on academic merit. The second round will review the financial needs of each ranked student based on their FAFSA score.

Do I have to complete a FAFSA application?
You do not have to complete a FAFSA application, but it is HIGHLY recommended that you do so. Any student who has not completed a FAFSA application and had it reviewed by financial aid (typically a three week turnaround) before our application date will not have a FAFSA score and will, therefore, be ranked lowest among students during the second tier of the review process.

How do I complete the FAFSA application?
Applicants should refer the the UT Office of Student Financial Aid website to create and submit a FAFSA application. (http://finaid.utexas.edu) FAFSA applications can be submitted starting on January 1, 2015. There is a three-week processing time for the applications, so we strongly encourage FLAS applicants to complete the FAFSA applications as soon as possible. Please note: if you have not yet filed your 2014 tax returns or received your W-2s , you can estimate your income anbd correct your document after you have filed your taxes. https://fafsa.ed.gov/help.htm

How will you know my FAFSA score?

On the FLAS applications, you will indicate whether you have completed the FAFSA application and, if so, the date it was submitted. There is also a place on the application where you will give us permission to receive your FAFSA score directly from UT's Office of Student Financial Aid.

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.*

  2. Take at least one grade-based European area studies course each semester.*

  3. Be registered full time both semesters.

  4. Complete information sent to you through the U.S. 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. Must be willing to complete a final online report of your activities at the end of the award period.

  7. Participate in limited events held during the academic year for the Center.

  8. Participate in brief surveys after graduation, for eight 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, special cases may be approved by the Director of CES.

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 transcipt?
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 the Center from the person writing the recommendation. However, it is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that the application is complete. If a student is applying for both summer and AY, we will accept one letter for both. However, it is very important that the student send us an e-mail to let us know or we will assign the letter to one of the applications and the other will remain incomplete.

 

What is the deadline?
Friday, February 6, 2015 by 4:00 p.m. No exceptions will be made.

Application

 

 

PLEASE DO NOT STAPLE ANY PORTION OF THE APPLICATION.
Students are responsible for ensuring that their application is complete. Submit applications and materials to CES in Mezes 3.304.
Mailing Address:
Center for European Studies
1 University Station
A1800
Austin, TX 78712

This mailing address may also be used to have GRE or SAT Scores mailed, although we will accept unofficial copies.

Notifications released: late March/early April 2015

For questions, please contact Sally K. Dickson at: ces@austin.utexas.edu or (512) 232-4311.

 

SUMMER 2015 GRADUATE FLAS

What is the Graduate Summer FLAS?
The European Studies graduate summer FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) is a Fellowship awarded to graduate students who are studying an approved modern foreign language at UT or an approved university or school in the U.S. or abroad. The summer program must be intensive and be the equivalent of one academic year of study, typically 120 in-class hours for advanced students and 140 in-class hours for beginner/intermediate students. The course must be a minimum of six-weeks. Students must be at the intermediate or advanced level of language study to use an award for an approved overseas language program.

What does the Graduate Summer FLAS provide?
The FLAS Graduate Summer Fellowship provides a stipend of $2,500 plus tuition and required course-related fees up to $5,000 per summer. Typically, travel expenses are not covered by the FLAS but may be paid by the student using the stipend. Occasionally, however, CES may be in a position to provide some financial assistance for travel.

What languages qualify as "approved" foreign languages?

Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese*, Serbian/Croatian, Spanish*, Swedish, Turkish, and Yiddish.

We also strongly encourage students studying non-European languages - such as Arabic, Persian, Hindi, and Russian - to apply for FLAS fellowships when a contemporary application of those language skills will significantly enhance their work as distinctly European Studies scholars. For example, a student studying Russian must have a clearly defined reason why the study of Russian would help him/her in research/study about a country in Western or Central Europe such as Russian immigration to Germany.

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.

*Please note that this Fellowship is not available for students studying Brazilian Portuguese.

*Students interested in studying Spanish need to show a connection to Europe. The Fellowship through CES is not intended for those studying Spanish for the study of Mexico, Central America, etc. 

Do I need to have a certain level of proficiency to be eligible?
Graduate students may be beginners, but only intermediate or advanced stduents may study overseas. However, beginning graduate students may apply for study at a domestic program.

Is financial need a consideration?
Yes, the new DoE guidelines beginning with the 2015 application round is now a two-tiered system. Students will first be ranked on academic merit. The second round will review the financial needs of each ranked student based on their FAFSA score.

Do I have to complete a FAFSA application?
You do not have to complete a FAFSA application, but it is HIGHLY recommended that you do so. Any student who has not completed a FAFSA application and had it reviewed by financial aid (typically a three week turnaround) before our application date will not have a FAFSA score and will, therefore, be ranked lowest among students during the second tier of the review process.

How do I complete the FAFSA application?
Applicants should refer the the UT Office of Student Financial Aid website to create and submit a FAFSA application. (http://finaid.utexas.edu) FAFSA applications can be submitted starting on January 1, 2015. There is a three-week processing time for the applications, so we strongly encourage FLAS applicants to complete the FAFSA applications as soon as possible.

How will you know my FAFSA score?
On the FLAS applications, you will indicate whether you have completed the FAFSA application and, if so, the date it was submitted. There is also a place on the application where you will give us permission to receive your FAFSA score directly from UT's Office of Student Financial Aid.  Please note: if you have not yet filed your 2014 tax returns or received your W-2s , you can estimate your income anbd correct your document after you have filed your taxes. https://fafsa.ed.gov/help.htm

Where does the money come from?
The Center for European Studies was awarded FLAS Fellowship funding from the U.S. Department of Education through its Title VI grant. The award was received in 2014 and has a four year cycle.

Who is eligible?
Summer 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.

Do I need to have a proposed program of study?
Yes, applications should include a proposed program of study. We understand that this program may change, but funding will be offered on the proposed program and any changes will need approval from the Director of CES.

Can I turn in an unofficial transcipt?
Yes, we will accept an unofficial transcript. However, an academic summary cannot be used in place of the transcript.

How do I know if a summer language program is "intensive?"
Summer language programs must be a minimum of six week with 140 contact hours (in-class instruction) for beginner and intermediate level of study and 120 contact hours for advanced level.

Do I need to be enrolled at UT during the summer?
Summer FLAS recipients must apply to the International Office for Independent Study & Research (ISR) status. CES will cover ISR-related fees. Students will be registered for ISR 080, which allows them to maintain current student status and covers them under International SOS, UT's overseas emergency plan. Stipends will not be disbursed until students are registered for ISR 080.

In order to support all students traveling to international locations The University has put into place the following travel policy. All enrolled undergraduate, graduate and professional students participating in activities or events abroad (whether required or optional) must take steps to comply with the new policy. Please visit the UT International Office website for more details.

Will courses completed under a Summer FLAS award show up on my UT transcript?
Maybe. Graduate students may only transfer graduate-level courses to UT.

Do my letters of recommendation need to be brought in with the application?
No, letters of recommendation can be e-mailed directly to the Center from the person writing the recommendation. However, it is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that the application is complete. If a student is applying for both summer and AY, we will accept one letter for both. However, it is very important that the student send us an e-mail to let us know or we will assign the letter to one of the applications and the other will remain incomplete.

What is the deadline?  
Friday, February 6, 2015 by 4:00 p.m. No exceptions will be made.

Application

 

 

PLEASE DO NOT STAPLE ANY PORTION OF THE APPLICATION.
Students are responsible for ensuring that their application is complete. Submit applications and materials to CES in Mezes 3.304.
Mailing Address:
Center for European Studies
1 University Station
A1800
Austin, TX 78712

This mailing address may also be used to have GRE or SAT Scores mailed, although we will accept unofficial copies.

Notifications released: late March/early April 2015

For question or to submit materials, please contact Sally K. Dickson at ces@austin.utexas.edu or (512) 232-4311

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