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FLAS Fellowship Applications
Frequently Asked Questions

Applying to the East Asian Studies Center
Applying to Multiple Centers
Eligibility
Languages
Summer and/or Academic Year Applications
Filling Out the Application
Supporting Documents
FLAS Recipient Requirements
Notifications and Awards


Applying to the East Asian Studies Center

What is the East Asian Studies Center's applicaton deadline for the academic year FLAS?
The application deadline for the academic year FLAS Fellowship (both undergraduate and graduate) is February 2, 2014.

What is the East Asian Studies Center's application for the summer FLAS?
The application deadline for the summer FLAS Fellowship (both undergraduate and graduate) is February 2, 2014.

What do you mean when you say that the East Asian Studies Center will only support FLAS applicants whose academic program and/or career objectives are "East Asian in perspective"?
The East Asian Studies Center specifically supports study or research that is East Asian in focus. It will only consider proposals that pursue specific national, cultural or regional subjects in which the research or focus of study utilizes an East Asian framework to explore its object of inquiry. For example, the East Asian Studies Center will consider an application that explores how Chinese media and film is produced and consumed within broader global flows, but it will not consider a proposal that aims to investigate how Chinese media and film is defined, marketed, and consumed in Beijing.

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Applying to Multiple Centers

Can I submit FLAS applications to the East Asian Studies Center and to another FLAS center?
Yes. Students can always submit a separate FLAS application to the East Asian Studies Center and to another FLAS center, but they are encouraged to keep in mind the focus of the East Asian Studies Center.

Please take the time to redirect the written portion of your application to emphasize how your research agenda, program of study, and/or career goals are East Asian in scope. Encourage those who are writing letters of recommendaion to do so as well.

The East Asian Studies Center also reminds applicants that it is their responsibility to get copies of all documents, such as transcripts and letters of recommendations, to the East Asian Studies Center from other centers where they may be applying. These documents may be sent electronically to eascflas@indiana.edu or through campus mail. If using campus mail, our address is: FLAS Committee, East Asian Studies Center, Memorial Hall West, 1021 East Third Street, IUB.

Can I use FLAS recommendations and transcripts from another FLAS center for my East Asian Studies Center FLAS application?
Yes, but it is your responsibility to get copies of all documents, such as transcripts and letters of recommendation, to the East Asian Studies Center from other centers where you may be applying. These documents may be sent electronically to eascflas@indiana.edu or through campus mail. If using campus mail, our address is: FLAS Committee, East Asian Studies Center, Memorial Hall West, 1021 East Third Street, IUB.

If I am applying to more than one FLAS center, can my online recommendations submitted through the FLAS system be accessed by the two centers, or do those writing my letters of recommendation need to submit them for each application?
You will need to ask those who are writing letters of recommendation for you to submit separate letters to each FLAS center.

Ideally, when you apply for a FLAS fellowship through the East Asian Studies Center, your letters of recommendation will reflect the East Asian nature of your studies; a letter submitted in support of your application to another center may not do this. If possible, you might discuss this with those who are writing your letters, suggesting that in the letter for the East Asian Studies Center they emphasize how your work is East Asian in scope.

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Eligibility

Can you get a FLAS fellowship with any undergraduate or graduate degree?
Yes, FLAS fellowships are open to all majors and degree programs.

Can recent IU graduates apply for FLAS fellowships?
No, only students who are currently enrolled are eligible for FLAS fellowships.

Do I need to be accepted into a degree program before applying for a FLAS fellowship?
No, you do not have to be already accepted into a degree program to apply, but you do need to be accepted into a degree program to receive a FLAS fellowship.
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Languages

Can I submit an application for a language not listed on the website?
Given the scope of the East Asian Studies Center's programs, languages eligible for FLAS support are restricted to Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Is it possible to submit FLAS applications for more than one language?
Yes, but FLAS applications are highly competitive, so the case you make for learning any language has to be very strong, and you must clearly articulate the reasons for learning both languages.

May I apply for different languages in the Summer and Academic Year?
Yes, if knowledge of more than one language is essential to your program of study. Be sure to demonstrate in your personal statement why you need the second language. Your case for a second language will be stronger if you have already reached an advanced level in one language, or if the second (Summer) language you need is not offered at IU during the academic year.

Is formal language study required prior to applying for a FLAS fellowship?
Graduate students do not need any formal language study prior to applying for a FLAS fellowship, though intermediate and advanced language training is preferred.

Undergraduate students do not need prior formal language study and can only apply at the intermediate and advanced levels.
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Summer And/Or Academic Year FLAS Applications

Can I apply for both an academic year and a summer FLAS? If I do apply for both, do I have to fill out separate applications?
You are encouraged to apply for both academic year and summer FLAS fellowships. Each FLAS fellowship requires a separate application.

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Filling Out the Application

Do I need to print and scan a copy of my application or do you access it electronically?
You do not need to print a copy of your application. We are able to access it electronically.

Do I need to submit a separate Personal Statement or is the statement in my online FLAS application enough?
You do not need to send a separate Personal Statement. The essay you complete within the online FLAS application serves as your Personal Statement.

How does one prove or test language proficiency for the FLAS application?
You can estimate your ability on the application itself, then test into the appropriate level course when you arrive on campus.

The online application only allows for the choice of "IU" or "abroad" as locations of study. I am studying at a location in the United States that is not IU. Which do I choose?
You should select "abroad" if that is the only option other than "IU".

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Supporting Documents

Do Indiana University students need to send official IU transcripts?
No. In the case of Indiana University transcripts only, the East Asian Studies Center will accept a printout generated by you through the Onestart Student Center.

Are you able to access my academic transcripts online or do I need to submit them to the East Asian Studies Center?
It is your responsibility to get copies of transcripts to the East Asian Studies Center.

Do I need to submit a copy of my GRE scores with my FLAS application?
No, your GRE scores are submitted as a part of your online FLAS application.

I listed several schools I attended on my application, but I have no formal transcripts for those schools (for whatever reason). How should I handle this?

If you have listed schools attended on your FLAS application but have no transcripts for those schools, please send an email to eascflas@indiana.edu explaining the reason for the missing transcripts. This email will be placed in your FLAS file, offering an explanation of what appear to be "missing" transcripts to the review committee.

Can I send in more than three letters of recommendation?
Yes, you may. Including a fourth letter is good insurance in case one of your referees does not submit a letter for any reason.

Can materials from my Academic Year application be copied into my Summer file?
Yes, upon request. If you are applying for both Academic Year and Summar awards this year, you may ask the FLAS coordinator to copy your transcripts and letters of recommendation submitted in support of your Academic Year application into the Summer file. We encourage you to request a second set of recommendations if the language you wish to study in the summer is different from the one you are seeking to study during the academic year.

I am a previous FLAS recipient through the East Asian Studies Center. Is it possible to have copies of my transcripts transferred from last year's file into my file for this year?

Yes, you can contact the East Asian Studies Center at eascflas@indiana.edu to make that arrangement.

Is it okay if my letters of recommendation, transcripts, or other supporting materials are received after the fellowship deadline?
No, we expect all applications and supporting materials to be received by the deadline (February 2, 2014). It is your responsibility to inform the East Asian Studies Center if any supporting materials will be arriving after the deadline.

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FLAS Recipient Requirements

The FLAS guidelines state that fellowship recipients "must undertake full-time study during the tenure of the award." Does that mean full-time language and content area studies?
FLAS recipients must be full-time students enrolled in at least one 3-credit language course and one 3-credit international or area studies course.

Beyond classwork, is anything required of FLAS Fellows?
All fellows will be required to fill out pre- and post-award reports for the US Department of Education and will be surveyed periodically in the years following their award. In addition, all fellows must take pre- and post-award proficiency assessments.
East Asian Studies Center FLAS recipients will be invited and encouraged to attend a FLAS colloquia during the academic year. This informal gathering will allow recipients to discuss their FLAS experiences and explain how their language training is related to their studies, and/or future careers.

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Notifications and Awards

How will I know if my application has been received?
The East Asian Studies Center Database/Office Services Coordinator will send a confirmation email upon receipt of your FLAS application. You may email the East Asian Studies Center at eascflas@indiana.edu if you want to check on the status of a specific part of your application, but please understand that the processing of fellowship applications is very time consuming. We will respond to your request as soon as possible.

Will you contact me if I do/don't get a FLAS award? When will I be contacted?
Everyone, regardless of whether or not they are chose to receive a FLAS fellowship, will be contactec by the end of March.

Is there a limit on the number of FLAS fellowships I can receive?
There is no limit on the number of sequential FLAS awards on person may receive, but no more than one concurrent award can be accepted.
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