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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.

We encourage students to attend one of the application workshop events happening in January, 2021.  The Language Application Workshop on January 8th will address language applications more generally while the CESSI Application Workshop will specifically discuss the CESSI application and financial aid.

We invite Alumni to nominate an applicant to the CESSI 2021 Cohort. Please visit the Alumni Nomination Program page.

Instructions (All Applicants)

 

Applications for CESSI 2021 are now open!

  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.

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 February 15, 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 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 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.

WISLI Tuition Scholarship Applicants

The WISLI Tuition Scholarship application for summer 2021 has not yet opened.

Application information will be posted later this winter.

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.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. 

The deadline for priority consideration for CESSI Tuition Remission is February 1, 2021.