Critical Languages Scholarship (for US students)

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State.

Languages Offered

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Please visit the CLS Institutes page for more information.

Select Your Language

Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili,Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.

The Critical Language Scholarship Program seeks participants from a variety of fields, backgrounds, and career paths, with the goal of building a cadre of Americans who speak critical languages at high levels in government, business, arts and culture, science and engineering, health and medicine, education, research, and other fields.

The CLS Program is a nationally competed award open to all eligible U.S. undergraduate and graduate students in every field (see additional eligibility on the site).

The Summer 2016 CLS application is now available. Applications are due Monday, November 23, 2015, at 8:00 PM Eastern Time.

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Posted by Craig Zelizer on October 23, 2015 at 5:10pm in Scholarship, Fellowship Opportunities and Academic Programs
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