Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

The Critical Language Scholarships Program offers intensive overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu. The Program is part of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), a U.S. government interagency effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Scholarship recipients receive funding to participate in beginning, intermediate and advanced level summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers and affiliated partners. Recipients are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers.

Eligibility

Must be U.S. citizens; be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level, or have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program no more than 2 years ago. Current undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of general college course-work by program start date (one year is defined as two semesters or three quarters). Students in all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Award

All program costs are covered for participants. This includes travel between the student’s home city and program location, pre-departure orientation costs, applicable visa fees, room, board, travel within country and all entrance fees for program activities. Note: U.S. passport fees will not be paid by the scholarship.

Deadline

Application Deadline: Nov. 19, 2019

Priority Deadline: Oct. 9, 2019

Final Deadline: Nov. 19, 2019