Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes

Posted on 24 September 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Education and Training Opportunities, Fellowships & Scholarships | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Please note that this opportunity is open only to US citizens. The application deadline is November 14, 2008.


Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program will offer 525 scholarships for intensive summer language institutes overseas in eleven critical need foreign languages for summer 2009. The CLS Program was launched in 2006 to offer intensive overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu. In 2007, Chinese, Korean, Persian, and Russian institutes were added along with increased student capacity in the inaugural language institutes. In 2009, Azerbaijani will be offered at the intermediate and advanced levels.

The CLS Program provides fully-funded seven to ten week group-based intensive language instruction and extensive cultural enrichment experiences held overseas at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels (beginning not offered for Azerbaijani, Chinese, Persian or
Russian) for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. students.

2009 program details will be updated by early fall, and 2008 CLS Institute locations and information may be found under Program Details.

The CLS 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. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to
apply. Former CLS participants have applied with various academic backgrounds including business, engineering, law, science, medicine, social sciences and humanities. The CLS Program does not have any government service requirement upon completion, however, it is expected
that participants will continue to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their future academic and professional careers.

The 2009 application is now open!

The deadline for submitting your on-line application is Friday, November 14, 2008.
Your letters of reference and transcript(s) need to be postmarked by Friday, November 14, 2008.


  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level.*
  • 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).
  • Please see program details for more information on language pre-requisites for individual institutes.
  • Students in all disciplines including business, engineering, science, the social sciences and humanities are encouraged to apply.
  • The U.S. Department of State and CAORC welcome all eligible applications and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or handicap condition.

*Only current graduate students or graduating seniors are eligible to apply to the summer 2009 Persian institute.

Grant benefits: All program costs are covered for participants. This includes travel between the student’s US home city and program location, pre-departure orientation costs, applicable visa fees, room, board, group-based intensive language instruction, program-sponsored travel within country, and all entrance fees for program activities.

Note: U.S. passport fees will not be paid by the scholarship. Selected applicants must have a U.S. passport valid through 2010 with at least two blank visa pages by early March 2009. Please plan in advance to avoid visa delays.

Learn more about the program and how to apply at

Please note that all inquiries regarding this opportunity, as well as any applications, should please be directed to the CLS program, NOT We Can Do.

Thank you to Amy Wilson for passing along this notice.

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