FLAS Fellowships

Application Process

Academic Year and Summer FLAS Fellowships are two separate competitions requiring two separate and complete applications.

For each competition, separate and complete applications are required when applying for more than one language or to more than one center.

Before You Apply

Students are required to complete the following steps before submitting their FLAS Application. These documents should be requested BEFORE the deadline to allow time for the requests to be processed.

Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application for 2019-20 and request to have the results sent to Indiana University. If you have not yet completed the FAFSA for 2019-20, please do so at least two weeks before the competition deadline to ensure time for processing.

PLEASE NOTE: A FAFSA is not required to apply for a Summer FLAS Fellowship.

If you have not completed the FAFSA or are unsure whether or not you have completed the FAFSA, you can find instructions for filling out the FAFSA form on the FAFSA website.

For additional information on FAFSA, you can visit the FAFSA Help page.

The FLAS Application requires three letters of recommendation. Please complete the Recommender Request Form to have an e-mail message automatically sent to the recommenders at the e-mail addresses you provide. The e-mail will include a link to the FLAS Online Recommendation Form, which the recommender is required to complete in order to upload a letter of recommendation.

Your recommenders should be three current or past instructors who can support your application for FLAS funding. At least one recommender should have knowledge of your language skills to speak to your current scholarly activity working with a foreign language.

All letters of recommendation must be received by the competition deadline. It is your responsibility to make sure that all three letters of recommendation have been received by the deadline. If all three letters of recommendation are not submitted by the deadline, your application may not be considered.

PLEASE NOTE: Letters of recommendation must be uploaded as PDFs; all other file types will not be accepted.

FAQs:

Can I use a letter of recommendation from my admissions application for my FLAS application?
Yes. If you would like to do this, please contact your home department and ask them to send the letter via e-mail or campus mail to your FLAS at SGIS. Be as specific as possible when referencing which transcript and which application. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that their home department sends their letter(s) of recommendation to FLAS at SGIS.

You must provide official transcripts for all colleges and universities, other than an IU campus (see below), you have attended. It is your responsibility to ask the registrar(s) to send your transcripts(s) to FLAS at HLS. You are responsible for all fees incurred with transcript requests.

For academic work at an IU campus, you may elect to have an unofficial transcript downloaded at no charge by selecting this option on your application.

While separate applications are required when requesting consideration for support by more than one center or for the study of more than one language, only one set of transcripts are needed.

Electronic Transcripts:
FLAS@iu.edu


Paper Transcripts:
FLAS
355 N. Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105

FAQs:

What does "official transcript" mean?
An official transcript is one that comes from the registrar's office of your university or college. These transcripts often come in a sealed envelope with a signature across the seal. We can accept a transcript in a signed envelope with an unbroken seal either from the applicant or directly from the conferring university or college. Note that the signed seal must be unbroken for us to accept the transcript. If electronic transcripts are considered official by your university or college, then we will accept them. In this case, we must receive the e-transcript directly from your university or college to the center email address.

Do I need to send additional transcripts if I am submitting multiple applications (more than one language and/or more than one center)?
No, one set of transcripts is all that is required per applicant. While separate applications are required when requesting consideration for support by more than one center or for the study of more than one language, only one set of transcripts are needed. Please contact the FLAS Center where you had your transcript(s) sent to request they be sent to another center.

I had transcripts sent to my home department as a part of my admissions/other funding application, can my FLAS application use those?
Yes. To do this, please contact your home department and ask them to send the transcript to the FLAS at SGIS. Be as specific as possible when referencing which transcript and which application. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that their home department sends their transcripts to the FLAS at SGIS.

 

FLAS Application Writing Prompts

The FLAS Application contains two short answer questions and a Statement of Purpose essay. The short answer questions should be written directly on the application form and the essay must be uploaded as a PDF file.

1. Please describe your past and future academic course of study for the region or global issue for which you are applying.

2. Please indicate how you have applied and will apply your language training to your academic and career goals.

The FLAS Application requires a Statement of Purpose, which should address the following questions:

  1. How will this FLAS Fellowship enrich your academic and career goals;
  2. How will the proposed language of training advance your research and proposed program of study; and
  3. How will this language and area study training fit into your long-term career goals?

Format requirements:

  • up to 2 pages in length
  • 1-inch margins
  • 12 font size
  • Times New Roman or Arial fonts

Questions? Contact us at FLAS@iu.edu