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Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes

Offers scholarships for intensive summer language institutes overseas in critical need foreign languages.

Purpose

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 Program offers scholarships for intensive summer language institutes overseas in critical need foreign languages.  The CLS Program was launched in 2006 to offer intensive overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish and Urdu. 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.

 

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Selection Criteria

Selection criteria include:

  • Language goals and how participation in the program will fit into your academic career plan;

  • How you plan to build upon your summer experience;

  • Unique personal qualities that will contribute to the cultural immersion experience.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens;

  • Currently be 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;

  • Have completed at least one year of general college course-work by the program start date (one year is defined as two semesters or three quarters);

  • Meet language pre-requisites for individual institutes.

Stipend

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, 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.

Duration

Seven to ten weeks.

For more information:

Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes

Deadline

11/16/2016

Internal Selection Deadline (LSU)

10/26/2016