Critical Language Scholarship Program
The Critical Language Scholarship program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and supported in its implementation by American Councils for International Education, is a fully funded summer 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.
- U.S. citizen
- Completed at least one academic year of study
- Strong applicants have an excellent academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic environment, are able to adapt to a different culture, plan to continue studying language, and plan to use language in their future career.
- Dependent spouses and children of employees of the U.S. Department of State who work in offices under the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs, in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, for a period ending one year following the termination of such employment.
- Dependent spouses and children of employees of private and public agencies under contract or grant with the U.S. Department of State who perform services related to the Critical Language Scholarship Program, for a period ending one year following the termination of their services.
Various locations, depending on language chosen
Amount, Duration of Award
CLS program institutes cover approximately one academic year of university-level language coursework during an eight- to 10-week program, and are designed to meet the needs of students from a variety of language levels and backgrounds.
- Online application
- Two letters of reference
- Unofficial copy of transcript(s)
Deadlines and Notification
- Intent-to-apply deadline: Email email@example.com by TBA
- Final deadline: TBA
- Notification: Applicants will be contacted by email in January to notify them of the status of their application after the initial review process. Applicants who move on to the final round will be notified of their status in February.
Past Brandeis Winners
- Regina Tham ’20, will spend summer in China.
- Saul Kaplan ’17, spent summer 2016 in China.
- John Nunes ’14, studied in Russia in 2013.
- Virginia Partridge ’12, studied in Russia in 2011.
- Claire Cooper ’11, studied Arabic in Tunisia in 2010.