The Center for Middle Eastern Studies offers a limited number of Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) for the study of Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Tajiki, or Turkish. These highly competitive graduate fellowships are funded by the Department of Education and are available for both summer and academic year studies.
Academic Year FLAS
The academic-year FLAS provides a nine-month stipend of $15,000 plus tuition for up to eleven (11) hours of course credit per semester. The fellowship offers financial support for students studying a Middle Eastern language and taking area studies coursework at UT.
Graduate students from all fields of study who are in good standing at UT or who have been recently accepted for admission to the Graduate School at UT are eligible to apply. International students are ineligible to apply.
CMES typically awards eight academic-year fellowships each year.
The 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, while intermediate and advanced students 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.
CMES typically awards five to ten summer fellowships each year.
Complete the FLAS application, available for download here or in the right-side menu. Students seeking a FLAS Fellowship from our program must submit the application and all required materials by the deadline.
- Application deadline: December 15, 2012
- Award notification: early March through late April
Complete funding applications consist of the following materials:
- Application form (saveable PDF)
- Statement of purpose
- Letters of recommendation: typically 3 letters unless one of them is not a language reference, in which case a 4th letter (from a language instructor) is required
- Transcripts: 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: firstname.lastname@example.org