Until further notice, the University of Arizona, in accordance with the guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, encourages all employees to work remotely. The Center for Middle Eastern Studies office and library are closed except by appointment only; to reach us, Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm, or to find out how to set an appointment, please refer to our CMES contact page.

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Application and instructions

The Academic Year 21-22 and the Summer 2021 FLAS deadlines will be Tuesday, February 16th 2021 by 5PM AZ time. Go ahead and email Julie Ellison-Speight at jellison@email.arizona.edu  with the name of your two recommendors, their email addresses, and whether you waive the right to review of their reference. (Inside the FLAS application, you are asked for your recommendors but with the tight turnaround, I want to reach out to them as soon as possible). 

Please note due to COVID, travel for summer 2021 remains unclear. CMES Staff highly recommend one of the three program options for your summer FLAS application be a virtual program. 

Please note an upcoming Zoom FLAS Info Session will happen on Friday, December 4th at 1:30PMTucson Time. The Zoom link and password will be posted shortly. 

FLAS applications will be done through a Qualtrics link for all current UA students. 

For UA CMES FLAS Graduate Academic Year 2021-2022 applications for current UA and incoming students, click here. 

For UA CMES FLAS Undergraduate Academic Year 2021-2022 applications for current UA and incoming students, click here

For UA CMES FLAS Summer 2021 applications for current UA students, click here.

Please remember to tailor your statements according to the semesters for which you are seeking FLAS funding. (Summer or Academic Year). 


All UA Applicants will need to upload the following into the Qualtrics system:

1. Application 

2. Unofficial transcripts - please scan all your transcripts into one pdf file and upload the the single pdf in the application. Please name the file LastName_Transcripts.

3. Statement(s) of Purpose - please name the file LastName_Statement (The naming of the statement file will vary slightly application to application, e.g. for undergraduate academic year applicant's the file should be LastName_UGStatement

4. CV/resume -please name the file LastName_CV

5. Certificate of Eligibility. Please download the certificate here. Sign the form, and upload it with your completed application.   Please name the file LastName_Eligibility

You will be asked for names/email addresses of referrees in the application. Please have them ready when you submit the online application. The qualtrics link for Confidential Recommendation Letters (CRLs) will be sent as your applications come into CMES. If you are submitting an application at the last minute, please reach out to SBS-CMES@email.arizona.edu and recommendation links will be sent to your recommendors within a reasonable time of receiving your email request. 

NOTE: All applicants must have a current FAFSA on file at the University of Arizona.



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