How to Apply

Applications for CESSI 2021 are now closed.

If you are interested in studying Central Eurasian language this summer we encourage you to visit our Language and Culture Resources page for information on both self-study and other program options.

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.

Prior to applying to CESSI we recommend determining which funding opportunities for which you are eligible to apply.  The CESSI Funding Quiz can help you determine which opportunities you are eligible for.

Application Instructions (All Applicants)

  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. If you have attended CESSI in the past, please submit those transcripts as well. 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 you are unable to submit electronic transcript copies.
  4. Submit a copy of your CV/Résumé via email to cessi@creeca.wisc.edu.
  5. Pay the non-refundable application fee of $25.00. Submit the application fee to CREECA via electronic payment. Please contact the CESSI program coordinator for alternative payment options.

It is our goal to make CESSI as affordable as possible. If the application fee or new student document fee are a hardship, please reach out to cessi@creeca.wisc.edu to discuss your case.

Additional Notes

Please be aware that the CESSI Application for acceptance to the CESSI 2022 cohort is separate from funding applications to fund your CESSI studies.  You may wish to take the CESSI Funding Quiz to determine which funding awards you are eligible for before beginning your application.  You can also find more information about the CESSI Application’s parts, what reviewers look for in a CESSI applicant, and general application advice on our Application Resources page.  Additional instructions for each funding application are below and more information on each funding source is available on the Costs and Funding page. Click to open each section below and learn more about each funding award’s application process.

Send Application Materials To:

cessi@creeca.wisc.edu

Please clearly label files sent to CESSI including your last name.  For example: “Doe_UndergradTranscripts_CESSI2021”  Please also include your last name in the subject line of emails sent with application materials.

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 you are unable to submit materials electronically.

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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 you 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.

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

FLAS Fellowship Applicants

FLAS applicants must complete a separate application at flas.wisc.edu. Additionally, the CESSI application must be completed before the FLAS deadline in order to be considered for the award. The application deadline is February 15, 2021.

CESSI Tuition Remission ScholarshipsApplicants

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.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. 

Applications for priority consideration are due February 1, 2021. However, applications will still be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis after the Feb. 1 priority deadline until the Final CESSI Application Deadline of April 1st, 2021.