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Competition Details

Critical Language Scholarship Program

Goes By: CLS
Fellowship Website

The CLS provides an intensive language study program for US students, funded by the US Department of State. Participants study one of 15 critical languages for approximately 12 weeks over the summer.

Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes are part of a U.S. government interagency effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Scholarship recipients - U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. students and recent graduates - receive funding to participate in beginning, intermediate and advanced level summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers and affiliated partners.

Please note: Students applying for the Critical Language Scholarship who wish to receive credit for their study must also complete the USC Study Abroad Application due to the Education Abroad Office. The deadline for doing so is Feb 15 for programs that begin in the summer. See link to Forms and Applications at

Award Value

Funds approximately 12 week language immersion program, including travel, room, and board.

Eligibility Requirements

Requirements Details
Year(s) of Application Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Masters, Doctoral

Minimum Grade Point Average



US Citizen
Campus Nomination Required No
Year of Study Funded Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Masters, Doctoral
Academic Areas: All
Areas of Interest: Summer Opportunity, Study Abroad, Language Study
Language Funding Yes
Location Abroad

Be sure to consult the competition website for complete eligibility and competition requirements.


Intent to Apply Fall 2020 Deadline
Sunday, November 1, 2020

CLS Electronic Deadline
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
8:00 pm ET

CLS Recommendation Deadline
Friday, November 20, 2020

Study Abroad Application Deadline for Summer Programs
Monday, March 1, 2021

Education Abroad Office, Close-Hipp Bldg, Suite 453 (4th floor)

Last updated: August 27, 2020

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