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Eligibility

CESSI welcomes students from a variety of backgrounds to apply, including working professionals, heritage speakers, and international students. Applicants do not need to currently be enrolled in an academic program to be eligible. Please note that fellowships and scholarships have their own eligibility requirements, which you can find here.

Students who are currently enrolled at any institution must be in good standing at that home institution at the time of application and remain in good standing throughout the CESSI program.

Instructions (All Applicants)

CESSI 2021 Applications will open in mid-October 2020.

  1. Complete the online CESSI Application Form. Please fill in all the information requested and then click “Submit” at the bottom of the page.
  2. Submit a personal statement of research and/or career plans. In your statement, explain how the acquisition of a Central Eurasian language will further your goals. The recommended length for your statement is 1-2 pages, double-spaced. Statements should be submitted by email to cessi@creeca.wisc.edu.
  3. Submit transcripts (official or unofficial) from all institutions of higher education that you have attended. Email transcripts to cessi@creeca.wisc.edu. Please do not mail paper copies to the CREECA office at this timeCESSI operations are currently conducted remotely. Please consult with us at cessi@creeca.wisc.edu if are unable to submit electronic transcript copies. 
  4. Submit a copy of your CV/Résumé.
  5. Pay the non-refundable application fee of $25.00.
    1. *Due to COVID-19 building closures and mail disruption, please use the secured payment link to pay your application fee*
    2. Or submit the application fee to CREECA by check or money order payable in U.S. Dollars made out to UW-Madison/CESSI. If you are outside the U.S., please contact the CESSI program coordinator for alternative payment options.

The priority application deadline to be considered for a Title VIII Fellowship is February 1, 2021.

FLAS fellowships are awarded through a separate competition, and applications are due mid-February 2021.

The final application deadline is April 1, 2021 for courses with remaining spaces.

Additional instructions for the Title VIII Fellowship, FLAS fellowship, and fee remission applications are below. Click to open each section and learn more.

Send Application Materials To:

cessi@creeca.wisc.edu

Please do not mail paper copies to the CREECA office at this timeCESSI operations are currently conducted remotely. Please consult with us at cessi@creeca.wisc.edu if are unable to submit electronic  copies. 

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Title VIII Fellowship Applicants

In addition to the above, please also have two letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf. Current students should submit letters of recommendation from professors or instructors; professionals and scholars may submit letters of recommendation from employers or other individuals who can speak to the applicant’s aptitude for languages and interest in Central Eurasia. Letters must be on the recommender’s official letterhead and must be emailed as a PDF directly by the recommender to cessi@creeca.wisc.eduPlease do not mail paper copies to the CREECA office at this timeCESSI operations are currently conducted remotely. Please consult with us at cessi@creeca.wisc.edu if are unable to submit electronic copies. 

Title VIII applicants must also submit an additional statement of purpose for the fellowship. In this statement, describe a) your commitment to continued study of the languages and societies of Central Eurasia, and b) how your academic and career plans will further Title VIII’s mission of developing and maintaining U.S. expertise on the Central Eurasian region. The recommended length for your statement is 1-2 pages, double-spaced.

FLAS Fellowship Applicants

FLAS applicants must complete a separate application at flas.wisc.edu.

WISLI Tuition Scholarship Applicants

To apply for a WISLI Tuition Scholarship:

  • Complete the WISLI Tuition Scholarship application form
  • Submit a one-page (approximately 500 words) statement of purpose describing your intended personal/academic/professional goals and the broader impact of these goals for language study at a WISLI Institute.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation (directly to the WISLI Director or in conjunction with your Institute application).

Applications relating to CESSI will be accepted on a rolling basis and applicants should first contact WISLI Director, Dr. Felecia Lucht, before applying to check on the availability of scholarships.

CESSI Tuition Remission Applicants

In addition to the above, please also have two letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf. Current students should submit letters of recommendation from professors or instructors; professionals and scholars may submit letters of recommendation from employers or other individuals who can speak to the applicant’s aptitude for languages and interest in Central Eurasia. Letters must be on the recommender’s official letterhead and must be emailed as a PDF directly by the recommender to cessi@creeca.wisc.eduPlease do not mail paper copies to the CREECA office at this timeCESSI operations are currently conducted remotely. Please consult with us at cessi@creeca.wisc.edu if are unable to submit electronic copies.