Department of State Critical Language Scholarship

Deadline: mid-November

Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) offer intensive summer institutes overseas to study the languages of Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/ Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. The CLS Program provides fully funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to 10 weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduates, master’s students, and Ph.D. students. 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.


NOTE: If you would like to receive feedback on your application, you must send your materials to the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships ( at least two weeks prior to the application deadline.