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FLAS Fellowships

Please review this PDF document which outlines various rules in more detail, and which contains many frequently asked questions for academic year and summer awards.

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies offers a limited number of Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships for the study of Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Turkish, and, when available, Tajiki. The Center's current grant was received in 2010 and has a four-year cycle. Fellowships are available for both summer and academic year studies. These highly competitive graduate fellowships are funded by the the Center's Title VI grant from Department of Education.

Other UT Austin programs with FLAS Grants that support MES languages:

  • The Center for European Studies also offers academic year & summer FLAS Fellowships for Arabic, Persian, and Turkish (not Modern Hebrew). However, fellowships awarded through that center would be required to take their area studies courses in CES, among other possible CES-specific requirements. In most cases, such courses might not be permitted for use towards a MES or MELC degree.
  • The South Asia Institute has granted FLAS fellowships for Persian in the recent past.

CMES Application

Download and complete the application below:

  • Application deadline: December 13, 2013, 12 PM (noon)
  • Award notification: early March through late April

A complete application consists of the following materials:

  • Application form (saveable PDF)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation: 3 letters unless one of them is not a language reference, in which case a 4th letter (from a language instructor) is required
  • Transcripts & GRE: collected by the Graduate Coordinator through online graduate school records

Transcripts and letters of recommendation may be reused from previous year’s funding applications, but a new application form and updated statement of purpose are required each year. At least one new letter of recommendation must be submitted each year. All materials should be emailed to:

Academic Year FLAS

The CMES academic year FLAS provides a nine-month stipend of $15,000 (paid monthly September - May), plus resident tuition for up to eleven (11) hours of course credit per semester; any balance above 11 credit hours is the responsbility of the student.


  • Take at least one language course for a letter grade each semester of receiving the fellowship. Course must be approved by the Center.
  • Take at least one MES area studies course for a letter grade each semester of receiving the fellowship. Course must be approved by the Center.
  • Be registered full-time (minimum 9 credit hours)
  • Complete online reports sent to you by the U.S. Department of Education. This happens at the beginning and end of each fellowship period.
  • Meet with assigned faculty at the beginning and end of the academic year for language assessment. This consists of an OPI (oral proficiency interview) and responding to questions that test the student on the description of various situations with increasing levels of difficulty.

CMES typically awards eight academic-year fellowships each year.

Summer FLAS

The CMES summer FLAS provides a stipend of $2,500, plus coverage of tuition and course-related fees up to $5,000, for an organized, intensive language study program. Beginning-level language learners (first-year) must attend domestic programs. Intermediate learners have a choice between domestic and overseas programs. Advanced learners are expected to study overseas. Exceptions can be made to these conventions when required by program availability.


  • Contact Hours:  Beginner and intermediate levels of study require a minimum of 140 contact hours in the summer program. The advanced level requires at least 120 contact hours. These contact hours must be clear on the program's website or brochure. Programs offering less than these minimum requirements cannot be considered. This is what defines "intensive" for FLAS purposes. Typically the program has a duration of at least six weeks. Programs that have been approved in the past are listed in this document.
  • Registration:  Students traveling overseas must apply to the Study Abroad Office for Independent Study & Research (ISR) status. CMES will cover ISR-related fees: a $400 registration (tuition bill) and $50 registration fee (WIO page). Upon approval, Study Abroad will enroll students in ISR 080, which is a zero-credit full-time enrollment course, which allows them to maintain current student status and covers them under International SOS, UT's overseas emergency plan. A separate ISOS application is required and students are charged $19/week to their WIO page, which may or may not be covered by FLAS (decided on case-by-case basis). Stipends will not be disbursed until students are registered for ISR 080.
  • Restricted Regions:  Students seeking a program in what is considered a restricted region must apply for permission to travel (list of countries). Please review the university policy and prepare early your application to request travel authorization.

CMES typically awards five to eight summer fellowships each year, depending on program costs.

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